Wednesday, July 23, 2008

an interesting evening...

Yesterday was Aidan's speech therapy day. He did really well and was swallowing a lot. He was having a lot of secretions so we hadn't capped him or put his PMV on, but I put it on him after his therapy was over. He was actually vocalizing some. Just sounds like "oh" and the like. I talked to him and then he would "answer" back. We did that for a few minutes. He amazes me every single day. I definitely think he is aware of much more than we think he is. I can't even imagine how hard it is for him.

So, anyway, after his nurse left yesterday, Aidan started to fall asleep so I put him in his bed. He slept for a long time, and when he woke up around 5 or so he started storming. It was like someone turned on a switch because he went from being asleep to being upset in no time. His lungs sounded horrible, so my mom and I gave him a breathing treatment and did some chest PT to loosen up anything in his lungs so he could cough it out. I finally ended up calling our doctor and asked her to come out to the house to check him out.

By the time she got here around 7pm, his meds had started to work and he was calm and trying to go back to sleep. His lungs sounded much better then, but she looked in his ears, and his right eardrum was red and bulging. The left looked fine. So he has an ear infection. She called in some augmentin for him so that should help clear it up and anything he might have in his lungs.

We had to cancel his hyperbaric treatments until next Wednesday because of the ear infection. It is just so hard sometimes when he can't tell us what is wrong. Aidan has only had 2 other ear infections and with each of them he was miserable. It's not like he can pull on his ears to let me know that they are bothering him, like Evan does.

I went to the doctor myself yesterday morning (same as Aidan's). I found out that I have a hernia (fun, fun). She also prescribed me an anti-depressant. I was really against taking anything at first. I wanted to get through this without meds, but sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and take medicine. I have to take care of myself if I'm going to take care of my boys. I have an appointment next week with a surgeon to find out about getting the hernia repaired. It may require a plastic surgeon consult as well because I have a lot of loose skin from losing so much weight, and the hernia is in my lower abdomen, just above my c-section scars.

So that is what has been going on at our house. It's a never ending 3-ring circus. I just pray that this ear infection doesn't affect his appointment next week with the ENT. Thanks for the support and prayers everyone! I'll update more later.



Anonymous said...

I am glad you will be taking the meds. I hope they work. I pray Aidan's ears clear up real fast!

Anonymous said...

Wow! I think God is really bringing Aidan out of this. I am sorry about the ear infection I hope it clears up fast. It just sounds like he is so much more aware. Also sorry to hear about your hernia.
I will be praying for all of you.

Anonymous said...

Erin. How are you feeling? Did you start your meds yet?
You know, I am sure your doc told you, but you have to be super careful picking up your kids. Your hernia can get much worse!

Erin said...

I have started my meds. So far, I think they are working just fine. I'm just getting some headaches, which is a side effect of the med. Other than that, I try to be careful with lifting both they boys. Evan weighs 25 pounds and Aidan is about 36 pounds. They're both big boys. Thanks for the advice though! :)