Monday, July 27, 2015

Sawyer's Hospital Stay

Oh my goodness, I still can't believe this happened. I was on a business trip in Washington in early June and I was on my way home (June 5th) and stuck in traffic when I got a phone call saying that Sawyer was at the ER. Grandma was in town helping out Dad with the kids when she picked him up from daycare he was having a hard time breathing. After a quick call to the nurse line they determined he was having retraction breathing and with his history of asthma and allergies he needed to go to the ER right away. After an xray, steroid doses, an IV for his dehydration from breathing so hard, and albuterol treatments it was determined that he needed to stay the night.

Sawyer requested that Mike stay the night with him and while that was hard for mommy, what the sick boy requested the sick boy gets! I went home and grabbed all of his favorite things (pillow, blanket, toys, etc) and raced back to give him lots of hugs and say goodnight (it was about 9pm). That night was rough for him, lots of retraction breathing (his whole torso was moving hard and fast to breathe) and he wasn't getting enough air. Mike said around 5am things got pretty scary and lots of doctors and nurses were rushing in because alarms were going off left and right. After a few minutes they got him stabilized and on an air flow machine and as soon as he had that he told everyone to "please go" and then passed out from exhaustion.

When I arrived later that morning he was doing so much better and he was giving out lots of smiles :)

His doctor came in and told us he would be staying the night again, and the next night as well. He just needed so much support (from the machine) that they didn't want to send him home too soon. I left to go back home to allow Grandma to get back to Bend and when Blair woke up from her nap we went shopping for more gifts (of course) {which included a Paw Patrol DVD that he probably watched 49 times in a row} and then went for a long visit to hang out with our favorite boys.

Later that afternoon Sawyer's doctor came back to check on him and later that week at our follow up appointment told me that she almost never goes and checks up on a patient for a 2nd time in one day, so if that gives us any indication of how rough things were at first - yikes :(

The machine on the right is his airflow machine, which is what they weaned him off of slowly before he was discharged. 

The next day I had Mike go home and have a break from being cooped up and I got to spend some time with my little guy. It was kind of funny (or perhaps not) but the asthma medication he was one (8 puffs every hour) would make him so hyped up - and almost rude. I just laugh about it now - the 2nd day he was in he told me "Mom - I have a favor for you. Can you go home now?" Just funny little gems like that, oh that Sawyer! ;)

On Monday June 8th he was discharged and armed with meds and inhalers. He told me "It feels good to be back at my home!" We all agreed, the house felt lonely without the boys!

Friday, May 29, 2015

Memorial Day Weekend - McDonald Forest Hike and Opal Creek Hike

Memorial Day Weekend was a good one for us this weekend. Saturday we did some housekeeping, ran some errands, and visited some friends. I wanted to get some hiking in for our family too, so on Sunday we went to the McDonald Forest and then grabbed pizza for dinner from our favorite place. It was a perfect day.

On Monday we went to Opal Creek and it was such a beautiful place! I am working up to a goal of a long day hike on the PCT this summer (with Mike of course) so I felt like the more hiking I do the better I can be for this goal. I had a backpack full of sandwiches, veggies, and chips that we strapped onto a packboard (like for hunting) with a "Crazy Creek" chair. We brought this set up for Sawyer because we anticipated that he would get tired at some point, and he did so I'm so glad we brought it. We didn't tell him that it was for him until he said he was tired because otherwise he would have been on it the whole time! ha!

Mike is a total champ, he carried Blair in the Kelty on his back and then at our turn around point (where Sawyer bacame tired {which he totally did, he was a champion hiker for a 5 year old, we didnt see any other kids his age hiking this}) I took over Blair on my back (ow) and Mike had Sawyer on his back and the backpack on his front. Mike is the best. 

Sawyer held onto the map to make sure we didn't get lost ;)

snack attack

We found this little area and it was full of newts (Sawyer's favorite, he even got to hold one). We also saw some frogs, one was giving another frog a piggy back ride ;)

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Corvallis Adventure and the Last Day of Preschool

A couple weekends ago I was feeling sort of stir crazy so I suggested to Mike that we go to Corvallis (our college town) to walk around and get some dinner. First we made a stop at the campus bookstore and Sawyer picked out a shirt he couldn't live without! After that we let them run around the area outside the stadium. Dinner was a little insane but I'm glad we went and it was fun to get out of the house for the afternoon/evening.

The next day I planned to take the kids for a hike so Mike could work on our landscaping project but Sawyer claimed he couldn't go because he "broke his leg." (aka scraped his knee). I felt the need for some exercise so I took Blair on on my own. I took a trail that I had never been on before and I was almost regretting it because I didn't know where it came out, but we did it and it felt good!

I can't believe Sawyer's first year of school, preschool, has come and gone. His last day was the 22nd and it feels like just yesterday when I dropped him off for the first time. The school had rented some bouncy houses for the kids and asked for parent volunteers so I was happy to take a few hours off of work to join in on the fun.

Later that afternoon Blair was jealous of Sawyer's backpack so I brought this one out for her. We also had fun doing some puzzles that had been put away for a few months (almost like getting new toys ;) )

Also, Blair had some crazy hair that day (love it)

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