Sunday, February 8, 2015
We're Still Alive, Just Hibernating!
Don't worry, we are still here! Lets just say busy around here is an understatement. The last post was after we came back from Disney in October. Since then I have continued Nursing school classes, Drew has started swim team (although it's now competition season, so it's in mid season break), we've been through lots of Neuorology visits with Drew, influenza, multiple colds, GI bugs, IEP's and more. Nursing school has kept me busy on top of working part-time, and being a full time Mommy. I have successfully passed Anatomy, Physiology, Human Growth, Chemistry, and am currently taking Microbiology. I am liking Micro, but don't see myself as an Infection Control Officer. This class is really putting a lot of things into perspective for me. Especially with micro-preemies! We are very lucky to have four healthy little monsters on our hands. Don't get me wrong, I love all five of my kiddos to pieces, but at this age they have become sweet and independent. This many personalities all mish mashed together is a challenge. Yes, at age five and Drew at age 7 somedays feel impossible. After some discussion with Drew's teacher, Brian and I decided to have him referred to a Pediatric Neurologist for his previous concussion. After some lengthy testing (two EEG's and an MRI), we have found he has no signs of tumors, lesions, or bleeding, but he did have an abnormal EEG. There were findings of seizure's in his occipital lobe. There were no findings in his frontal or temporal lobes which is good. Drew was exhibiting some major focus problems, impulsivity, and staring into space. His Neurologist suggested trying an ADHD medicine to combat the focus problem. He has not been diagnosed with ADHD, and will not be on the meds forever, but this is only to aid him in class. It was hard for me as a mom to understand this as I knew he didn't fit the criteria for ADHD. His teacher has noticed he has improved so much which is also causing less behavioral issues at school. It's truly crazy to see what TBI's are capable of, even when it's just from a fall on the basement stairs. Drew returns for a check up in March, we'll keep you posted on his progress. In our extra time (because we have so much), we have tried out swimming with swim team. Drew loves it! Surprisingly he is really good. He was able to try out and skipped the first level and swims on the red team. He is diving off the diving board head first without hesitation, has a good backstroke, a decent breaststroke, and butterfly. He needs work on his frontstroke before moving up to the blue team. Our quads are not quite ready yet, but hopefully by the end of April will be able to join him in the pool. They all love the water. Soccer season starts in a month. The quads are signed up and feeling really excited. We will post pictures when they start the season. Drew has opted for Spring baseball again. He has asked to practice pitching. This will be interesting. Hoping for no broken windows!!! Our family is in the same boat as most other households in the US with the passing of germs. I opened the windows yesterday so hopefully a little fresh air will help with ridding of germs. Lysol, bleach and handwashing have helped, but they still seem to be hiding it secret places.... Stay healthy, we'll post pictures of our busy selves soon!!