Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Boo at the Zoo

Today we went with Jackson and his parents to Boo at the Zoo this morning. We had a great time and the weather was very nice. Everyone got a big kick out of mommy dressed up as Beth to compliment her little DOG:-)

The studio pictures we did at Sears came out pretty good.

The last pic is of the boys taking a cat nap after pictures at Sears... they had a long day! :-)

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Trick-or-Treat on Sorority Street

Last night, Braden (a.k.a. "Dog the Bounty Hunter") went trick-or-treating with his buddy Jackson. The Panhellenic council at LSU hosts a safe trick-or-treat evening on sorority row for LSU families. It was fun, and some people thought Braden was a baby-doll, since he had on a wig. I thought that was funny enough - because that's a lot of trouble to go through just to bring a baby-doll trick-or-treating (not to mention a little MENTAL!!) :-)

Our little monkey-friend and our bounty-hunter made lots of friends, and some people got such a kick out of Braden as DOG they took pictures.

We head to BOO at the ZOO on Sunday, again with Jackson, and then on to Sear's, where the whole family will have our memories captured - starring Braden as DOG, Kodi as Beth, and Brad as Leeland.

Stay tuned for more halloween pics next week! Braden is feeling better, but still having trouble keeping his sats where they need to be, so we hope he just continues to fight his way out of this one.

The Wilson's

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

ER Drive-Through, sort-of

Well, not quite a drive-through, we were there for 7 hours last night. THe pediatrician felt it was best to get a chest x-ray and have bloodwork done on Braden, he just isn't himself with his respiratory pattern, and has had a hard time the past few days keeping his O2 sats up. So we have had 2 very long nights in a row, but we got some steroids and antibiotics and will go back for follow-up antibiotic shots for a few days, like we did this morning, just to be safe. The docs think this is maybe a pre-pnuemonia episode, or just a really bad head cold that won't break loose.

The pediatrician also won't let us take any over-the-counter meds due to all the FDA hoop-la about children's meds dangers these days. So tonight we may try some home remedies like a steam in the bathroom and getting the humidifier going, as even breathing treatments every 2 hours doesn't seem to be enough.

We have him on oxygen, really just to help him rest, as his little body is working pretty hard to breathe easy for today, and maybe the next few - we will see how it goes. Say an extra prayer for our little man to recover quickly like he did a few short weeks ago - we know your prayers were felt here!!

Thanks! The Wilson's

Monday, October 22, 2007

Braden and Jackson - buddies for life

Jackson's mom (Doris) just sent me some of the most adorable pictures of our little men hanging out and playing together, and I just HAD to share them with all of you. Jackson squeals so loud when he plays with Braden's hair, it is so adorable to see them enjoy each other. And do you see how happy Braden looks when they are around each other? It just makes me so happy as a mom of a special needs child to see joy on a child's face who cannot yet express a true smile or laughter. We are so grateful to have such special friends... and later this month you will see these two boys trick-or-treating together, so stay tuned for those pictures!!

Kodi, Brad, & Braden (Baby Bee)

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

A "Real" Getaway to Florida

We headed to Pensacola Friday to enjoy some R&R over the Fall Break. Of course, no trip of ours is ever without some kind of ridiculous story. As we pulled into Jeannie & Jerry's driveway, we heard a hissing noise, and discovered that somewhere close to our destination, we had picked up a razor blade in our tire. Our best estimation is that a carpet-layer in this post-Ivan recovery area must have disposed of the razor on a street somewhere, and our lucky truck found it. So Brad & Jerry hastily headed out to get it fixed before it went completely flat, as the air coming out of it was not a pinhole, but a large GASH in the tire.

We did, however have a wonderful and relaxing weekend in Pensacola, regardless of the welcome party tire incident. We spent Saturday morning at Jerry's master gardener green thumb jamboree. We got to see lots of local plant varieties and Jerry & fellow master gardner Karen's contribution to "whimsy" with their bottle tree. This is their version of a bottle tree - to add whimsy, but if you research a bottle tree's origins from the South, you will find that it's meaning has deeper roots, and individual meaning. Saturday afternoon Brad & Braden watched the LSU game while Jeannie & Kodi headed out for some shopping. That evening the Patee's treated us to a special meal, complete with birthday cake for Kodi.

Sunday morning we took a long walk along Johnson beach before packing up to head back home. Braden was a hit with his adorable beach wear, and really enjoyed our walk on the beach, as he stayed awake for quite some time to take in all the scenery. Our trip was too short, but we hope to make it back again in the spring for another visit. I know Hampton really enjoyed watching over Braden and letting Braden pet him, so we hope to spend more time with all of them again in the new year. Thanks to our wonderful host family for a very relaxing and enjoyable getaway!!

Kodi, Brad, Braden

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

A "Weekender" in the PICU

Braden has been ready for some vacation, but unfortunately the little man's idea of what a vacation is supposed to be like is a little skewed due to his vast medical history at the ripe age of 17 months.

Friday afternoon LaTacia the daycare owner said Braden wasn't acting like himself and she was too worried to leave him to go to her own doctor's appointment. When daddy brought him home, as soon as they got settled, we could tell that things just weren't right with Braden. First, he was breathing extremely hard like he was running sprints around the house. Breathing treatments and suctioning were not slowing his pattern down. He also was moving around constantly and being very active (like a normal little boy) - but that just isn't Braden, and it was like he just couldn't get comfortable and was still breathing heavy. Then we saw his eyelids were purple, which is usually a good indicator he is not well. He had a fever that Tylenol was not helping, the valium was not working either, and his skin started getting real mottled/splotchy-looking.

So Friday night we took him to the ER for respiratory distress, and his blood gases showed he was not oxygenating in his blood well, so they moved us to the PICU at about 1:30 in the morning. Although Braden's x-rays seemed normal and white cell count within range, the docs suspect he picked up some kind of virus. They put him on a new machine - VAPOTHERM - which not only pumps oxygen, but is like a personal heated humidifier. This was also the first time we got to use the MEDI-PORT for IV access, so I took pictures to share.

A funny thing about our visit this time, was that we were in a bay closer to the doors (#4), and we kept passing Braden's bay up... as we are normally in a bay that is two down from where we are (#6). A few of our nurses were even doing it:-) The others kept giggling at us doing it... You know we spend a good amount of time someplace to have a "regular room".

We had the opportunity to go to one of the greatest football games of the year (LSU vs. Florida), but Braden decided he would rather see the game from his personal air-conditioned "suite" at Our Lady of the Lake hospital in a PICU bay. By Sunday he was acting pretty normal, and they let us go Monday afternoon.

After our "weekender" at the OLOL PICU, we have decided to show Braden what a vacation is SUPPOSED to be like, as we head to Pensacola for the weekend to spend time with Aunt Jeannie & Uncle Jerry and our furry friend/babysitter Hampton.

At least our last stay in the hospital was FIVE months ago (our longest spell OUT of the hospital), so Braden is getting stronger, and hopefully our stays will eventually get down to less than two a year!! :-)

We will post pics next week from our Fall Break in Florida - love to all!
Kodi, Brad, Braden

Monday, October 01, 2007

Another Fighter in the Family

This past weekend mommy went to surprise Aunt Shala for her second breast cancer walk. This year marks the second time in two year's that aunt Shala has beaten breast cancer, so mommy really wanted to make it special for her.

Aunt Shala was happy that mommy could make it to celebrate with her. Aunt Shala was more surprised about the pink cowgirl hats mommy made for aunt Shala's team to wear. Mommy had to use her quick thinking to figure out how they were going to keep those hats on in 35+ mile an hour winds that day!! So the boas were punched through the hats to create a way to tie them on. Aunt Shala's hat had a tiara, of course, to designate her special day. Aunt Shala even 'took me with her' and pinned my picture on her race number again:-)

They ended the celebration of walks and runs with a survivor's parade, and then the whole team went for lunch to continue the celebration.

Mommy stayed with aunt Shala, cousin Paxton and Gram at the hotel downtown and went swimming, shopping, and relaxed later after a very long day. It was a wonderful weekend, and mommy got to see Nana and Grandpa Wilson too!

My aunt Shala is a fighter, a survivor - just like me.

Hugs for all,
Baby Bee