Friday, October 08, 2010

No More Tonsils For Caleb! No More PFAPA?

UPDATE July 2011: Removing Caleb's tonsils cured his PFAPA! Amazing!

We drove 1.5 hours away today to visit with an Ear Nose and Throat specialist for 2 year old Caleb. Our boys have what is called (short version) Periodic Fever Syndrome. Some of you may have picked up on the trend. To most (including us, it feels like Caleb is always sick. This is because on a regular basis (almost like clock work) he will get either a fever, severe body aches, stomach ache, or horrible throat and mouth sores. Or he will have a combination of the four. Every month. Sometimes more then once a month. The episodes last around four days to a week. Jakob had the same episodes. Gratefully he grew out of it by the time he was 4 years old. Caleb will most likely grow out of it too. However, we just recently found out that having the child's tonsils removed sometimes helps take away the condition. If we can cure Caleb two years earlier then Jakob, we'll do it.

So anyway, we went to the specialist. The bitter/sweet thing was that Caleb is in the middle of an episode. So his throat is raw and he is sick! In the Very Beginning of the consult he told us that it would take convincing discussion to get him to remove a 2 year olds tonsils. Well, we convinced him. It really didn't take too much convincing. We had credible evidence and knowledge of what was going on and then he just looked in Caleb's throat and agreed that this is a miserable thing to let him have if there is a possible way to cure it. So, it looks like we're in for a journey in about two weeks from now. I'm not looking forward to the surgery and especially not the recovery. But I do hope it makes a big difference.

Now for the fun part. We get to drive 3 hours away to get to the hospital where the Dr. does his surgery. Living on the border of Utah and Arizona has some serious draw-backs sometimes. Our insurance will only accept Arizona doctors for special procedures. So, it's off to Flagstaff we go. Ahh, the joys! I've wanted to see Flagstaff. But this isn't quite what I expected.

So, that's the update for today!

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Don't You Love It When...

Don't you Love it when...

You put the kids to bed and the little one starts crying because he has a terrible sore throat. There is nothing You can do. But you hear his big brother in there cooing and shushing him to try to comfort him and he stops crying. Yes, I love these precious brothers!

From October 2010 JJ and boys

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Goodbye Wii and Netflix! Hello TIME!

In General Conference this weekend one of the speakers said "Love is spelled TIME." I know this is true. My kids are glowing after an hour of quality time. They are much nicer to each other and to me. So, today I decided to make a big change in hopes that it will bless our family. We have put away the Wii and Netflix. We use Netflix's Instant Movies daily. We don't watch anything that brings a bad feeling into the home. However, one movie can lead to another and another and another. By the end of the day I began tallying how many hours of movies compared to hours of quality time we had and the results were very poor.

Today after Jakob was home from school the boys played with their toys. We read several books together. We had nap time without a fight. After nap time Jakob and I sat together and made a 27 page Sight Words book. We copied pictures of Jets of the Internet and Jakob helped me create a sentence using his sight words for each picture. Talk about productive and TIME! After dinner Leif sat with the boys and played online games going over patterning and math. We then read a book together about Christ for Family Home Evening and then the boys took a shower. Now they're in bed and it has been a great day!

Leif came home from work today and he commented on how quiet the house was. We listened to some great piano music to liven things up a bit;)

Monday, October 04, 2010

Random Photos

I wish I could make the time to write all that comes to mind (well, not EVERYTHING;) But I have a lot of topics floating around to write about. But my only quiet time is after the kids are in bed. And that is MY bed time too. So the writing has slowed down a lot. But I do have random pictures I can post. That doesn't take too much thought. The big boys are playing with a paper airplane at the moment and JJ's asleep/awake in his crib. So let's give this a try...

Turns out that some of these are photos that I wanted to make into their own post. But I haven't got a chance. So this will be a long one.

Okay, I'm taking the easy way out. I'll post them as a slide show. But I'll give you an idea of what the pictures are about.

The first few are of JJ's first bath. I can't believe how little he was. He's 13 pounds now.

The one of us holding flags on the side of the road was taken by Deseret News. We went to the funeral procession for Deputy Brian Harris of Kane County who was shot in our town. It was a very sobering experience. Sad!

One is of Caleb in his cow boy boots. He is SO CUTE!

The red pepper is from our little Earth Box garden. I was so thrilled to get a thick skinned COLORED pepper! Really, it's just because we are horrible at harvesting our veggies and they turn colors the longer they're on the vine;)

A couple of photos taken inside our Conference Tent during this October Conference.

And finally, pictures of JJ having Tummy Time. The only problem is that he fell right to sleep within a minute of sitting him there. We had to get a picture!

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