11.03.2009

Busy, Busy, Busy!

We've had a busy week so far! Derrick has seen three doctors this week and it's only Wednesday! They were all planned (so no worries!) and hopefully that's it until D's 6 month checkup (late, yes, b/c of his heart cath) in a few weeks.

Monday we took D for his follow up from the UTI with Dr. Bonnett, his pediatrician. The first thing the nurse did when she took us to the room was go get the pulse ox. Yep, he's looking a little blue! His sats were in the high 70's, which is right about where they're supposed to be for now.

Dr. B said that looking at D's report from the hospital, that he did have a UTI. It was slight, but there was infection there. They ran a urine sample to make sure that D is free of infection now, and from the test in the office, he is. They have to send it off and will call us later in the week for an appointment to have a VCUG done. The VCUG is an x-ray where they will check for reflux in the kidneys and any abnormalities in D's urinary tract. They do this when boys get UTIs because it's so much more difficult for them to get them than it is for girls. They just want to make sure that everything is working properly and in the right place. We pray that this is normal and that there's not anything else wrong with D's anatomy. He really has more than enough in the wrong place for one person!
D being a good little patient!

Boredom overtook and the paper didn't survive!

Yesterday we went to Dr. Shuler, D's cardiologist. Dr. Shuler said that he felt confident that the UTI could have been the culprit for Derrick's sats plummeting. If his blood pressure decreased (which it likely did), then his sats would drop. When Derrick's blood pressure changes, his sats will change because of his shunt. After this shunt is gone, his blood pressure will not effect his sats this way. Of course his sats were in the mid 80s while we were there. Being at the cardiologist's office is the only guaranteed time his sats will be high. It's so strange how that happens.

Anyway, Dr. Shuler wants us back in a month and he'll do an echo and we'll just see what's going on with sats and everything. He told us that based on D's trends, we could expect surgery around the end of the year or the first of next year.

Today we went to the Pulmonologist to get Derrick's Synagis injection (to protect him against RSV). So we met ANOTHER doctor, but hopefully we'll only see him when we're there for D's shot. He'll go once monthly until February. Boy, thank goodness for insurance!! That's all I can say about that one!

That's about it for now. Hopefully that's all the medical news we'll have for a while and we can just hang out and have some fun.

Here's a cute video to show you how much Derrick LOVES the dogs! This is him playing with Andy. (He's the one who had heart worms a few months ago. Thankfully he's been cleared and his house arrest is over. We're so glad he's well.) Make sure your volume is up!






P.S. A few of you asked for the roasted pumpkin seed recipe. Sorry it took so long! I totally forgot about posting it, but if you still have pumpkin seeds, here it is:

You Need...
* 2 egg whites
* 1/2 cup sugar
* 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
* 1 teaspoon cinnamon
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 2 cups fresh pumpkin seeds

Preheat oven to 375˚F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together egg whites, sugar, cayenne, cinnamon and salt. Add the pumpkin seeds and toss to coat.

Spread seeds in a single layer across the parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for about 15 minutes. Stir them up a bit and pop them back into the oven until golden in color, about 5 minutes more. (Rachael Ray)

Let me know if you try it and what you think!!

4 comments:

  1. Thanks for the recipe Shannon. Can't wait to try it next year with the boys!

    Glad that D's checkups went well! He is such a little peanut! I love his cute pics! If you EVER get tired of him I will gladly take him! LOL!!

    Stef, Ryan, Wyatt and Logan
    http://www.whenlifehandsyouabrokenheart.blogspot.com

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  2. THANKS FOR THE RECIPE!! I WILL TRY IT...YUMMY!! SO GLAD LIL MAN IS DOING BETTER..HE IS A CUTIE!! YOU ARE RIGHT..THANK GOD FOR INSURANCE WHEN IT COMES TO THOSE SYNAGIS INJECTIONS...LOL..PRAISE GOD ZEB HAS NOW GRADUATED FROM THOSE FOR NOW!! WELL..TALK TO YOU SOON..AM I GONNA SEE YOU SATURDAY?? HOPE SO..MAYBE THIS TIME I CAN HOLD LIL DERRICK!! :) HAVE A GREAT ONE!!

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  3. Thank you so much for sharing the video of D!!! His little laughs in it just brought tears to y eyes! Hard to believe how big he is getting!! Well that is good news that surgery can still be put off. I will be praying that nothing else is wrong with D's anatomy however I still think he is just perfect! Oh and if my vote matters at all I say the first part of next year would be more manageable to be there for surgery! But I will do my best to be there no matter what! Heart Hugs, Love, and Blessings, Jessica

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  4. What a cute video! He's turning into such a little man!

    Who are you seeing for Synagis? Evie sees Pulmonologist Trey Brown. Just curious if we have yet another mutual Dr. working on our little sweet hearts!

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