Friday, January 23, 2009

Life as we know it!

Well one of these days I really will keep up with my posting on a regular basis! A lot has been going on lately but none of it is to exciting! I had another Dr's appointment for the baby a few weeks ago. She didn't do any sonograms at this appointment but said everything was looking good and we would get one in a month or two. I have been very sick with this one. A lot of morning sickness.....even though I am not sure it should be called "morning" sickness since mine seems to last all day long! I had been trying to get through it without having to take any medicine for it however I broke down this week and called in to tell her I couldn't handle it anymore! It was getting to hard to control at work and it is very awkward to be in the middle of helping a student and have to run to the back room!!! They just don't get it! On top of that I have gotten a sinus infection as well. So my head has been hurting all week! Today I am starting to feel a little better so hopefully it is almost gone!

Last night I sat down and uploaded a bunch of pictures of the camera to place on our family page but it still is not done yet! I had hoped to get them on here tonight however, I have to meet with my group from school to tie up a few lose ends on a project that is due tomorrow! So maybe by the end of the weekend I will get them on here! School is going well we are in our second class now, Business Research Methods. The teacher seems like he will be interesting but it is kinda a dry topic!

Erin has been keeping busy at work installing new camera's, setting up new systems for the pharmacy's and ordering new theft prevention items. He really enjoys his work and the people in his office. His Amsoil business has also been picking up a little in the past few weeks. He is starting to sign up more and more dealers under him. So hopefully that will bring us some new business partners in the near future and help Erin expand his business!

And most importantly Kale! He is doing great, he seems to have avoided most of the sicknesses so far this winter.......knock on wood! He has been teething a lot this past week or two. He know has 4 teeth on the top and 2 on the bottom (matching with his cousin, Marisa)! Hopefully the rest come in soon cause they are really causing him some pain. He is walking and talking faster and loader each day! He loves the outdoors and is constantly standing at the door yelling "outside" "outside" he does not ever want to be in the house! He is starting to say small sentences such as, "dog go outside", "I want that", or "What's that". It is a lot of fun to learn along with him because he seems to have invented his own little language! Along with talking he knows some simple sign language. His daycare is really great at teaching him and he has learned many new signs such as, "eat", "more", "thank you", and "poop (his newest accomplishment)". He really picks up on things very quickly! Kale is also very into reading right now. He loves to get the books of his shelf himself and bring the books to Erin and I to read. He won't let you pick the books anymore, we only read what Kale wants! He is even learning to put the books back on the shelf!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Good News

Well we got some more good news in the family this week. Monica (Erin's sister) and Michael's family is growing like ours! Monica is currently expecting their second child. She is due on August 19th. So that makes us only 4 weeks apart! (My due date is July 16th). We are happy to share the experience together for a second time! Kale and Marisa are 8 weeks apart, this time the kids will be even closer!

Friday, January 2, 2009

Children's Mercy Appointment

Well we got back home yesterday from our long stay in Topeka. It is nice to be home but now it is time to get the house all cleaned up from Christmas!

Kale's appointment in Kansas City went pretty well over all. Our day started out early from Topeka at 5 am. We left the house about 6 to arrive at Children's Mercy to get Kale's Labs drawn prior to his appointments with the Dr. Kale does very well with getting his blood drawn but he really hates having to be held down. He actually doesn't cry when the stick him only when they have to restrain his arm to long!

From the lab we headed to Radiology for an Ultra sound and VCUG. Ultra sounds used to be simple but now that Kale doesn't like to lay still it takes alot of distraction to keep him still enough to get the pictures! The tech was really good this time and we ended up getting all the shots on the first try!

In between the UltraSound and VCUG we were sent back into the waiting room. Kale made friends with a little girl there also to get a VCUG her mom was from Hutch, they now live just outside of Salina. We also met a little boy who drove in from southern MO. He was very nice and gave Kale .50. The kids/families at the hospital are always very kind! Talking to them also makes you realize that many families go through alot of the sames things that we do, and you always remember that someone is always worse off.

Once the room was finally prepped for the VCUG scan we took Kale in to be prepped. Part of the prep is having a catheter put in. This was not something that Kale enjoyed! The nurse had alot of trouble getting it in, and getting it to stay. Since I am pregnant they would not allow me to stay with Kale in the room while the scan was done. Thank goodness Erin has a strong stomach when dealing with Kale and his medical needs. Even while being restrained Kale pushed out the catheter 3 times before the nurse finally allowed him to leave it out. He also pulled out of the restrains a few times. He is very strong!

After completing the VCUG we headed up to the Kidney Clinic to see Dr. Vandevoorde. Since the hospital is so efficient the Dr. already had the results from the Labs, Ultrasound and VCUG before we got into see him. He gave us the results of the labs and all his levels looked good except his PTH. The Dr. gave us a new medicine so that it would be brought back to normal levels. He also reviewed the ultrasound pictures to tell us that the left kidney has not shown any new signs of growth but the right side was showing signs of growth. They also said that the reflux study showed that his reflux on the right side was grade 4 and the left side was 5 still. (This is the reflux of his bladder back up into the kidneys). Since Kale has gained weight the Dr. increased his other two meds to ensure he was getting a large enough dose.

The last person that we spoke with was the Dietitian. She was very happy with the progress that Kale has made with the OT and how well he was doing with new textures and flavors now. She still will not allow him to have Cow's milk but she did make it sound that hopefully in the next year we will be able to start giving him small amounts. She thought that we needed to give him more calories to help him gain weight so that is what we will work on for the next couple of months before a weigh in with his Dr. here in Hutch.

We were happy with the information received in this appointment!!! We are scheduled to go back for another follow-up in 6 months!

Dreiling Family Slide Show! Compiled December 2010