Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Stinker as the cutest ladybug ever!

Then she passed out...

Friday, October 22, 2010

Monday, October 11, 2010

Twenty More Days til Halloween!

Our Stinker is feeling much better now, thank God! And we thank you all for the continued prayers.

We're taking all the necessary precautions with the change of season and Annabel is scheduled to be getting her flu shots and RSV shots soon. We need her to be well for Halloween and for the arrival of her little sister.

Monday, October 4, 2010


Annabel had her check up today.  Dr Z. said that her lungs sound better today than they did on Friday and since her fever has gone away, she doesn’t see any need to put her on antibiotics.  She said it appears that we’re on the downward slope of the illness :)  

Carrie and I are staying vigilant with our care and Annabel has even cracked a few smiles at us showing us that she feels a little better.

Please continue to pray that Annabel stays strong and gets well soon.


Sunday, October 3, 2010

Annabel update

Annabel just turned 1 year and five months old and over that span she’s come across a few bacteria and viruses that all babies encounter. We’ve been fortunate that she’s fought those off spectacularly thus far. Friday, her doctor diagnosed her latest bug as acute bronchiolitis. A fever, fatigue, thick mucus, vomiting and dehydration have accompanied this latest illness. Again, all babies experience this but unlike other non-T18 babies, effects from the flu, RSV, or bronchiolitis can be much more serious. Children with congenital heart defects, AIDS, or transplant recipients especially are at an increased risk for more severe complications. At times, hospitalizations are required for oxygen administration or to provide fluids intravenously.

We have not taken Annabel to the hospital, but that’s primarily because we are equipped with oxygen, a suction machine, a nebulizer and a pulseoxemeter at our home. Right now we are just giving her plenty of rest, electrolytes and love. She has a follow up appointment with her pediatrician tomorrow morning.

They say that this usually runs its course in 7-10 days, so we’ll be monitoring her and suctioning her little nose raw for the next week or so. I sure hope it doesn’t linger beyond that. It crushes me to see my little baby so tired and weak.