Monday, July 21, 2008

It's Official

Carter is officially walking! It has been a very gradual process, and he still prefers to crawl, but he CAN walk. I took this video of him this morning showing off his new skill. His walk is so funny, we crack up every time he walks. He has taken a few steps for a while if we let go of him and pass him back and forth, but last weekend he started to let go of things and venture off on his own. Yesterday was when he really took off, he walked across the room several times at church and then walked pretty much all over our house. I know we are in trouble now, but its still cute to watch.


video

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Public Pool

Thank you to those that are concerned about Evan and his strange rash. Just to let you all know it is finally gone! Carter got 8 "spots" they kind of look like huge burn scabs now but I can tell they are getting better.
I wanted to post to clear up a few things. I am sorry if you had your kids at the pool with mine. I had no idea.
1. Evan's rash developed before we went swimming in the public pool. On Sunday, when it first started I thought it was just his eczema. So we went swimming. On Monday, I knew it was more than eczema so we went to the Dr.
2. The first Dr. said it was chiggers. It seemed true at that point until the next day. So on Monday, we again went swimming, I was putting anti-bacterial cream on the "spots" and I gave him a shower and medicine immediately after swimming. Remember, I thought it was only chiggers at this point. It didn't get worse until Tuesday afternoon.
3. I did not take Evan swimming anymore after Monday night.
4. I took Evan back to the Dr. on Wednesday, this Dr. said it was definitely not chiggers. I did tell her we went to the public pool, and she did not seem concerned with that. She knew I kept putting anti-bacterial cream on them and could tell it wasn't infected. She also knew they go to daycare and that we were going out of town over the weekend and would again be swimming. The Dr. was not worried about any of this. She really wasn't sure what it is, but it is now gone without any treatments. It ran its course, and is now gone!!

Thank you for praying with us over the weekend. We had a great time, and I had fun at my high school reunion. It was so weird to be in a room with people you recognize but don't know.
Happy hump-day!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

WhoHoo!!

Sorry I didn't post yesterday. My grandmas Internet wasn't working and we just got it back.

Good News!! Carter's CT scan was clear! The oncologist didn't think there was any new growth but they have to wait for radiology to write the report. The whole day went very smooth. They got an IV in the first try, they didn't heavily sedate him and the whole test only took 5 minutes, then he was back in my arms, and semi awake, (still a little drowsy). Carter was so good the whole day. He did very well not eating until after the scan, and never got very grumpy. All in all it was a very good and smooth day. Thank you for all your prayers. Now we are to every 3 month appointments!! We don't go back until October. I do have one thing we need to keep praying for. The oncologist said last month his urine levels that they check were a little elevated, so she wants to see how they are this month. If they are higher or not any lower, they may do more test.

We are having a great time in St. Louis with family. Carter is really warming up to everyone, which is nice that I don't have to hold him constantly. Tonight is my high school reunion! It will be interesting to see people I haven't seen in 10 years.

Again, thank you for all your prayers. I hope you have a great weekend.


Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Chicken pox or Chiggers? NEITHER

Its a medical mystery!! I don't understand why my children have to have all the weird things. On Monday Doctor A said it was chiggers, I was fine with that until Tuesday. Today Doctor B said it was definitely not chiggers nor chicken pox. Evan has eczema so rashes sometimes look different than they would with normal children, so its hard to say. She thinks its Eczema Herpeticum, which is really yucky. She isn't sure since he isn't running a fever. Basically she can't say for sure but that is her best educated guess.
Then around noon, daycare called to tell me they fed Carter mac & cheese and he broke out in hives. We know he is allergic to milk, but we thought maybe that allergy had gone, apparently not. Hives is not a big deal in the big scheme of things, but for crying out loud, how much more do I need. Why can't I just have normal children with normal problems. Does normal even exist?? Its so frustrating that we are always dealing with something. My plate is full, and I am done. Stick a fork in me.
Please pray for Evan and that the funky spots are gone soon and not spread to Carter. Pray that the medical mystery can be solved and we figure out everything Carter is allergic to and get no more hives.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

You be the judge

Chicken Pox or Chiggers? Give me your opinion of what is wrong with Evan.

And yes my poor boy is crying in the picture, they really burn and itch him.



Sunday, July 6, 2008

My brave Evan


I wanted to take a minute to brag on my big boy Evan. Today we went to the city pool and ....(drum roll please) Evan jumped off the diving board all by himself!!! I was so proud. He loved it, in fact he did it 8 times in a row. It was so fun to watch him get up the courage and be so brave to walk to the edge of the board and take the plunge.

One of my blog readers asked me if my purses I bought while on my girls day out were cute, well of course they are cute!! Why do you think I bought 2?? So, Traci, this is for you.

Well actually they are kind of plain. The plaid one is my favorite and the brown one is pretty boring, but I am a pretty boring girl.


To be very honest with the 5 of you that read this blog, I am very scared about Carter's appointment on Friday. Please pray for us during the week that I will have peace and assurance from the Lord that everything is going to be okay. I know I will feel better as soon as it is over, I just want it over. I pray the week passes by very quickly. Also pray that the nurses will not have any problems getting an IV. Last time it took them 6 tries and I really don't want him to go through that again, and that was the nurse who everyone calls when they have trouble with an IV. I hope you all have a blessed week!


Thursday, July 3, 2008

Girls day out!!

Today Jenelle, Rachel and I went out for a girls day. It was so much fun!! It was so exciting to just hang out with my friends. First we all got pedicures, which was way fun. Then we shopped, shopped, and shopped some more. Well actually we ate lunch, then we went shopping. We had a supper yummy lunch at Cheddars. We then went to Famous Footwear, Kohl's, Target and the mall. Of course I spent way too much money, but it was fun. My favorite purchase was a new purse. I have been looking for a purse for at least 3 years, and I am not exaggerating. I actually found 2 that I liked so I bought them both!!

Sorry it has been so long since I posted, and sorry this post isn't about Carter. There really isn't anything new going on with him, so I don't have much to write about. Life has been pretty busy lately. Carter still isn't walking, but he is getting pretty brave. He thinks he is big stuff if he lets go of something for 3 seconds. Its so fun to watch him. Oh yeah, I almost forgot, Carter has some new words. One day last week he said Evan which is the only time he has said it. His favorite words are Bye Bye, thank you, cracker, uh oh, and poop. Yes, the kid says poop.

I hope you all have a Happy 4th of July. We will just be doing things around here and hanging out as a family. Next Thursday we will be going to St. Louis. Carter's CT scan is on Friday and my 10th year high school reunion is on Saturday. While I am excited for my reunion, it makes me feel old to be out of school for that long. I can't wait to see some old friends.
To be honest I am getting nervous about Carters scan next Friday. My heart tells me he is okay but my mind tells me other things. I know it is normal for him to not be walking, but my mind tells me that the tumor has grown and that's why he can't walk. I know all of my thoughts are silly, but its so hard to not let those thoughts in. So, please pray for us this week and that the CT goes smoothly. I hate when he has to be sedated. I HATE CANCER!!!