Monday, October 31, 2011

Nissen wrap and Gtube or BUST!

Well on Wednesday morning we headed to TMC for Rylans most serious procedure yet.  We got there and they took us straight back to the tiny little rooms you wait in till they take you away. Steven went ahead and got Rylan in his gown while I talked to the nurse and handled the paper work.
  Well low and behold we weren't let down.....the nurse said there was an issue with his number for this procedure and couldn't continue till it was  here we wait another 20 min for them to "make phone calls" to get it fixed. Once that was finally adjusted the anesthesiology came in and talked to us....meanwhile Rylan is doing really good for not having anything to eat or drink.  Well he came in and went over everything and then tells us he ordered a breathing treatment as a precaution For rylan. ok.....
   Rylan gets his breather and is PISSED.  in comes Dr. O'Conner who gives us our info and lets us know how the surgery will be planned out and how long.......Then we say goodbye to Rylan and go wait....

Steven, my mom and I all find seats in the empty waiting room and sit. We crack a cheap game of trivial pursuit...and 2 hours creeps up I start getting really ansy........and when I start to get REALLY nervous.....out walks Dr. O'Connor.
   Well she tells us how good the surgery went...and gave all the details we needed. One of the things we learned was Rylan WAS indeed refluxing which he NEVER showed any signs but his esophagus was short and showed some damage.  And now we wait to get taken back to recovery.  After an hour I cant take it anymore and go ask about him....they decide to let us go back.
    Of course Rylan is still waking up but the recovery nurse was nice enough to let me get beside him....and ask if we wanna see his belly.  Of course we did!
Rylans new scars
and yes they looked painful.........I worked on getting Rylan to open his eyes and they took us to his room....into the ICU we go!

Once we were settled the doctors came in to give us the game only complaint was his pain killer......morphine. I know alot of you are thinking "he just had surgery why cant he have it?".  Well here is why......Rylan takes an unusually long time to wake up out of anesthesia which in turn affects his breathing.......when you add a narcotic in the mix we have trouble......his oxygen will slip into the lower 80s and they will put him on oxygen which will add more time in the hospital and increases Rylans chances of staying on it due to the fact he breaths real shallow and slow.

Lunch time!
The first day consisted of Rylan resting....the next day they wanted to go ahead and try him on his new food. We waited patiently to see if he would handle it ok....he seemed to do good....then 4 hours later they upped his amount 10ccs.....meanwhile lowering his IV.  Then by 400am the next morning he was off IV! Well Steven and I needed to start learning how to use the IV....We had a couple mistakes......mine was the awesome..spilling of the formula when the tube and syringe disconnect.....but Stevens was the best yet......I cant remember what happened exactly......but he was burping the tube and somehow managed to get stomach bile all over our nurse.(gross I know) But she was such a good sport! After awhile we ended up getting it down like pros

When Rylan started acting better we needed to focus on his breathing...his O2 stats were all over the place dipping way lower then we would like. So we got permission to walk around the hospital.....they said the more we got him up and moving around the quicker his lungs would open and move air....

silly guys

The walking seemed to work great.....he was doing great and was deep suctioned a handful of times.....then i had to demand a breather to get him up where he is supposed to be..and he was doing AWESOME! Our next step in going home was our training......we had to read a lovely yet very helpful book....and a video on how to care for the tube. Then we had our hands on training with a doll on what to do if the tube falls out and how to fix it to be ok to get to the hospital. when we completed that we were free to go!

Our nurse at the hospital gave us a TON of supplies....when we got home we went ahead and put everything away...then it was time to feed Rylan again....well when you feed a child a bolus feeding you use what is basically a HUGE syringe

bolus feeding

Well NOBODY told us there was a cap on the bottom so as we are trying to feed nothing is going down and we are thinking its we both get frustrated and Steven grabs a new syringe and discovers the tip cover......yeah we felt pretty dumb.

All in all after this surgery we have noticed so many changes in Rylan...not only does his stomach no longer bulge out.....but he has been VERY happy! We LOVE it!  The only problem is now im forgetting to do things because I based everything around his previous eating schedule!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Hospital Stay #1 in 2011

Yesterday started off like any other day. Got Rylan him ready for school and put him on the bus. He was laughing and giggling. Basically acting like my normal kid. When he got home around 2:20 His nurse and I went to get him off the school  bus......however he did not appear to be normal.
 When rylan got off the school bus he was very pale in color....was asleep.......and he had bluish looking lips and dark circles around his eyes......when we get inside we get him out of his wheelchair. Jennifer tries to wake him and and his having alot of seemed like Rylan was post seizure......when we finally get him to wake up he gets a little color back but is struggling to breath, he is taking shallow short breaths and is very lethargic.  Jennifer then checks his oxygen which is at 84%.........his respitory rate was in the 30s. we werent liking the oxygen.....and being he was fine just that morning.......she checks the pulseox on herself.......well it was we decide to go ahead and put some O2 on Rylan we started off with a liter and got nothing so we bumped it up to a liter and a half  and got him in the high 80s and lower 90s....i was getting ready to load him in the truck to take him to the hospital....but then he starts acting in pain and breathing I called 9-1-1.

When the ambulance arrived they rushed in and began to take care of him........they brought the gurney and loaded him we go.....
As we are on our way to the hospital the paramedic managed to get a line in him......when we arrive we head straight in a room....they change him over and put him on alot of o2 but his stats keep dropping. So the nurse yells for help as they get ready to intubate him.....not to sure what happened but he started going then we do chest xray,bloodwork the works.....and are told his lungs look like a virus but he could have aspirated......they need to see how he does. then we are told we are going to be going to the ICU (no surprise there). We get into our room and they decide they are going to be putting him on non-stop albuterol with oxygen. and he will get the CPTs every hour.   Well Steven and I are super tired at this time so we pass out.......

that leads us to this morning...........lets see what they day brings....he seemed to ok over night, but this is rylan we are talking about

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Cerebral Palsy Facts

Here are a few facts regarding CP, it would be nice to know more people were aware.
rylan with his sister.......but as you can see rylans wrist are contracted and he cannot straighten his right leg

Cerebral Palsy is a condition that affects movement,muscle, tone, moter skills and development.

It affects 1 in 278 people

Despite advancements in medicine the incidence of cerebral palsy continues to rise

1 in 4 children with it can not dress or feed themselves

1 in 3 children with CP cannot walk

1 in 4 children with cerebral palsy have epileptic seizures

there is no cure

Cerebral palsy is the second most common neurological impairment in childhood.

 Spasticity of one or more limbs is the most common disability now associated with new cases of cerebral palsy

  • Of congenital disorders, CP has the highest life-term costs per new case, averaging $503,000 in 1992 dollars (approx. $650,000 in 2003 dollars).


  • 84.5%  of children with cerebral palsy receive physical therapy 6 times a month, 50% receive occupational therapy about 5 times a month and 37% see a speech therapist about 5 times a month.

    We need research, funding and national surveillance for CP

    Saturday, August 27, 2011

    Swallow Study fun

    Ever since Rylan had his tonsils and his adenoids removed we began to notice a new habit Rylan has begun. Have you ever tried to talk to some body that seems to have something in the back of their throat and then they clear it? Well this seemed to be a non-stop thing for Rylan.....and we were concerned his chances of aspirating were getting pretty high.So his wonderful pulmonologist got us in for a swallow study.
    So off to TMC we go.....
    waiting ever so patiently
    We head over to radiology and they check us in....we wait in the waiting room and they call us wait in yet another waiting room
    watching Barney....he was not amused
    Finally the speech therapist arrives and get a brief history on whats been going on.....the nice thing was she has been there for the other swallow studies with Rylan so she had a very accurate outlook and what to do.....they get the room ready and off we go
    getting set up in his "special chair"

    The funny thing about this entire test was Rylan was in love with the therapist he was flirty and very excited.....
    So when the test had begun we became very relived the there was no aspiration....due to the fact Rylans soft pallet does not come down he relys a lot on gravity to do the work for him. therefore the junky sound is the liquid hanging out in his throat.......we were taught different ways to position his head so that this problem may eventually go away.

    Well with fingers crossed we will hope that his swallowing will stay decent.......and the feeding tube is still light years away

    Wednesday, August 3, 2011

    We refer to it as "Pain and Tourture"

    As a parent there are always the little inconveniences that like to get to us......Such as making sure homeworks done, diapers are clean, all food is eaten...etc etc. In my case was having to go up to Tucson 2 days in a row for appts. It may sound like im complaining about something so little....but when your counting in a 40 min drive both ways and a time constraint of medication, lunch, and Steven having to go to work it gets a little crazy.  Yesterday we had to go see Dr. Talwar
    Dr. Talwar
    Dr. Talwar has been seeing Rylan all his life. He is one of the BEST neurologists ever! Rylan's check up went great and Rylan's making progress great! My big thanks to Dr. Talwar (and I should knock on wood) is Rylan has been seizure free for almost 2 yrs!

    Today was a fun day though. When we got to the childrens clinic this morning the first thing we had to do is get Rylan's blood drawn. That was a task. Because Rylan is sooo contracted on top he has to have blood drawn from his feet. After it took some time to find a good vein everything was going well till Rylan ripped the needle they moved to the other foot. So after 15 mins Rylan walks out with 3 holes in his feet....and unfortunately has to endure Physical Therapy.

    Rylan has a PT appt. every other week. Which is one of the necessities that can be a pain sometimes........but its worth it.
    not a flattering photo but he was wore out from the blood work
    Rylan's PT is Danyle she has been Rylans Physical therapist for most of his life.......So she took us back to the room where we were gonna try something new today. She Started Rylan out with stretching 
    Danyle and Rylan stretching sucks to be Rylan lol

    So the new thing Danyle wanted to try was the treadmill....Rylan was buckled in a harness and Danyle walked his legs to not only stretch but build the sensation his muscles miss from not walking.
    ready to go
    he having a blast! cant you tell????
    Use those LEGS!!!!

    After we did about 5 mins of the treadmill Rylan got to ride the tricyle! this is the coolest thing ever......and something about it makes him push the pedals on his own and he loves it!
    Dad and Danyle getting him in

    a little slow

    now he is happy!

    He went for a cruise around the clinic....its no big deal
    When all was over Rylan looked like he was gonna pass out! Thats just another day in the life of us!

    Tuesday, July 19, 2011

    The Power of the male role model

    Its been awhile since I have posted anything but Rylan has displayed actions the last couple of nights that has got me thinking.
          Besides my dad. Steven has been the only male role model Rylan has ever had. Rylan adores his grandpa and his dad. Well this last weekend something happened that was a first.....Rylan wanted nothing to do with me.......NOTHING! My little mommas boy was no more. Anytime I got near him he cried. All He wanted was dad. Not going to lie it crushed me alittle. But the Influence Steven has on Rylan is amazing.
          When Rylan is doing something he knows he is not supposed to, he has learned he WILL get in trouble. As soon as "dad" gets near he stiffens and gets scared. This may sound like nothing but the communication they share warms my heart.            
              Steven has gotten Rylan to blink his eyes in acknowledgement of what he wants when given options and has gotten frequent eye contact with making choices. He does nothing but smile and listens to dad.
            This is a BIG deal.  Finally making progress with communicating with Rylan is such a relief.  after spending they first 5 yrs of his life trying and failing.......I feel I owe my whole world to Steven. Especially stepping up and being the dad Rylan always needed. On top of giving him the attention he needs to help him succeed.
                                                going for a buggy ride

    Wednesday, June 15, 2011


    Im sure many of you have heard this.....but i felt the need to repost it in my blog focusing on the life with a special needs child.


    Emily Perl Kingsley.

    I am often asked to describe the experience of raising a child with a disability - to try to help people who have not shared that unique experience to understand it, to imagine how it would feel. It's like this......
    When you're going to have a baby, it's like planning a fabulous vacation trip - to Italy. You buy a bunch of guide books and make your wonderful plans. The Coliseum. The Michelangelo David. The gondolas in Venice. You may learn some handy phrases in Italian. It's all very exciting.
    After months of eager anticipation, the day finally arrives. You pack your bags and off you go. Several hours later, the plane lands. The stewardess comes in and says, "Welcome to Holland."
    "Holland?!?" you say. "What do you mean Holland?? I signed up for Italy! I'm supposed to be in Italy. All my life I've dreamed of going to Italy."
    But there's been a change in the flight plan. They've landed in Holland and there you must stay.
    The important thing is that they haven't taken you to a horrible, disgusting, filthy place, full of pestilence, famine and disease. It's just a different place.
    So you must go out and buy new guide books. And you must learn a whole new language. And you will meet a whole new group of people you would never have met.
    It's just a different place. It's slower-paced than Italy, less flashy than Italy. But after you've been there for a while and you catch your breath, you look around.... and you begin to notice that Holland has windmills....and Holland has tulips. Holland even has Rembrandt's.
    But everyone you know is busy coming and going from Italy... and they're all bragging about what a wonderful time they had there. And for the rest of your life, you will say "Yes, that's where I was supposed to go. That's what I had planned."
    And the pain of that will never, ever, ever, ever go away... because the loss of that dream is a very very significant loss.
    But... if you spend your life mourning the fact that you didn't get to Italy, you may never be free to enjoy the very special, the very lovely things ... about Holland.

    Monday, June 13, 2011

    Make A Wish!

    Yes I am posting 2 blogs in one day just to catch up on all the excitement this summer has held so far.
        May 22nd through the 28th. Steven, Rylan and I loaded up and headed for our fun filled trip to Orlando.  Make A Wish had us picked up in a limo at our house to take us to the airport
    So we load up and head to the airport where things seemed to run perfect....we got through the gate quick and then we received a preboard pass....which was nice...
    loaded on the was too early for rylan
     The flight attendants were amazing to us.....the even gave Rylan his wings for flying for the first time!
    Well after our 3 hour layover in Chicago we finally made it to Orlando where we were greeted by the cutest Give kids the world greeters
    They were holding up the sign with a luggage cart for us..and helped us get our luggage and our rental car. It was late and I got a little frustrated cause we were told we needed to go to give kids the world to check in before we go to our hotel......well we did and it was neat cause they had dinner for us when we arrived......
    the main building at give kids the world
    We ate and checked in...we were given the orientation there as well as a huge bag of toys and books for Rylan.......then we headed to our hotel.....and crashed.
    Nickelodeon suites resort

    Rylan Loved his Spongebob room

    the big pool outside our room

    the "sliming" slide
    The next morning we got up and headed over to Give kids the world for breakfast.
    the gingerbread house at GKTW
    Give Kids The world has so many amazing things for the of them is they can make a pillow just for after breakfast we headed to the pillow tree and then to put his star on the roof of the castle
    a volunteer helping with the pillow tree

    getting his star on the roof of the castle
    As we were heading to go to Disney we stopped and said hello to goofy and pluto.
     We arrived at Disney and decided to start our hour long adventure to get into the magic kingdom.......
    in line for the ferry
    well after a long day of rides sight seeing it was time to head out
    having a blast!
    done for the day
    So we headed home and Rylan passed he missed the super cool sliming
    When he woke up we went to dinner and got in line for the much anticipated event! MEETING SPONGEBOB!!!!!!!
    The next morning we all had to get up early because we had reservations at the nick toons cafe for the character breakfast....this was one of the coolest things ever! They had all the characters come to the table and say Hi to Rylan..they even danced for him! It was a shame Rylan was a grump the whole time!

    we even said Hi to spongebob again!

    Then we headed over to Disney Hollywood Studios which was kinda a let down because we really couldn't ride any of the rides since they were all 3D and that is a big NO NO for epileptics.....but we were able to say hi to Mickey, pooh and the Incredibles. Rylan hated everyone.....

    dad was forced to get in the picture
    Since it was a short day we went for some ice cream at give kids the world and went back to the room to relax
    our non-stop free ice cream

    the boys relaxing
    I was kinda glad we took that evening to relax....Rylan was starting to act strange from all the over-stimulation.
       The next day we decided to venture to universal studios. Steven and I thought the Island of Adventure had more for Rylan so we started out there.
     Rylan loved the Dr. Suess area. The people at Universal are amazing and took us behind a building to give us a private one on one with the cat in the hat, sam i am, the grinch, and thing 1 and thing 2!
    After lunch we decided to go to the regular universal. We didnt stay long but Rylan was able to flirt with betty boop.....and we got to say hello to the simpsons....where i got fingered in the ear by bart.

    The next day we decided to do sea world. Rylan was not found of it. He did like the dolphins and the shamu show at least.
    our thing 1 and thing 2 shirts!

    Even Steven was having fun!
    When we left sea world we relaxed and went to the mall at the nick hotel to watch a spongebob show! Rylan loved it!

    so much focus!
    Afterward we headed over to GKTW because they were having christmas! So we went and saw santa where Rylan got to pick a gift afterward....watched a parade and danced in the snow! This was a very cool thing to see all the kids glowing with excitement and everyone is soo happy! There were no negative vibes it was amazing!

    The next day was our official last day we wanted to relax. We were able to say Hi to Curious George and the Man in the yellow hat.

    Rylan LOVED George
    And I was even able to take this last day to see my cousin and her girls!
    The next day we headed out at 4 am. But it was great to say that Rylan got to experience all he did this trip and its a memory that will stay with Steven and I for a LONG time.