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    Katie - Glad vacation is going well! Yes, my visual evoked response test was normal. Which is a great thing, but still I am not left feeling too hopeful. I wish I could put into words how much I hate it when I am walking and I feel a random numb patch in my leg. I'm still pretty convinced I'm dealing with early MS, and every time I feel a numb patch like that or the pain in my hands, I think to myself... How long will it be before I can no longer walk without assistance? How long until I can no longer type (which would essentially mean I could no longer work, as I type all day)? I could go on, but the questions that race through my mind get more depressing as the list continues. Ugh... Right now I'm stuck in a rut because I can't tolerate the side effects of the zoloft at 75mg, but when I decrease it to 50mg, it doesn't help control these crazy fears and emotions. If you can't tell, I'm currently on the 50mg. Ugh.

    Virginia - It is desperately hot here as well. Yesterday, I decided to go outside and play with Sean when it got dark, and it was still HOT. We had so much fun, though... I honestly think it was the first time he saw lightning bugs (or maybe saw them when he was too young to remember). So we chased them and I caught one for him. He wanted to hold it, but when I tried to put it on his hand, it flew away. We got a jar to try to put one in, but I couldn't catch anymore... Grrr! It was getting too dark for me to see them when they weren't lit up. We also played with glow-in-the dark bubbles. Finally, after around an hour, Peanut started barking and I decided we should come in because I didn't want him disturbing the neighbors (it was like 10:30 by this point). I went to get the dog, and I saw what he was barking at... a SKUNK in the neighbor's yard. Thank goodness it did not spray! My dog that I had growing up got sprayed by a skunk, not once, but TWICE. I can't even begin to describe the smell up close... It's nothing like the smell of one from a distance, and it just fills the house like a poison. So anyway, I rushed the dog and Sean inside.

    AFM - I spent most of today tie-dying shirts for the boys. I did two for myself yesterday using some pink, purple, and maroon... They actually turned out really good! I was surprised because I've never really tie-dyed. I'm excited to see how the boys' stuff turned out.

    Sean Thomas - 6/30/09 @ 7:17pm 8lb 8oz, 19", 40w5d
    Calvin Michael - 2/28/11 @ 7:39pm 6lb 8oz, 18", 37w5d
    Nolan Matthew - 5/1/13 @ 11:54pm 6lb 4oz, 19", 38w4d

    May 26, 2010 - 7w1d

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    Ugh Mary that is so hard. It is too bad more meds for anxiety/depression etc aren't safe while BF'ing. I've seen too many friends helped tremendously by taking a medication that was the right fit to poo-poo the importance of the right medication. I hope you can figure it out. And I hope your fears of MS don't come true And someday this whole episode is just a crazy blip that has no explanation.

    Virginia - it is CRAZY hot at home. It's hot here on the Cape but not nearly as bad as home. It's in the 80s here but breezy.

    We were super active the first few days but by yesterday both boys seemed really tired, crabby etc so we decided to spend a couple hours at the beach then come back to the house and give the boys a real nap. Rory hadn't had a real nap since Friday and he's still too young to go on taking cat naps in the car. Both kids napped for over 2.5 hours so we braved a real restaurant for dinner. We sat outside and there was a guy playing some music which thrilled Rory. They were both good. Today Rory slept until almost 9 which is unheard of for him so he's still tired so we're just relaxing in the house for the morning waiting for the tide to go out some before hitting the beach for a bit. My skin get red no matter what SPF I put on so a little break for it is necessary. I need a swim shirt like my boys have....

    Oh and the company wants to have a call with me! EEP! Tuesday at 7pm, fingers crossed!
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    Mary - I wish you could try some other medication! I hope the boys' shirts turned out really well, too!
    Katie - GL with the call

    AFM: to top of my week, Oliver spent yesterday with a terrible stomach bug. He couldn't keep anything (even water) down for most of the day and had a pretty high fever (and it was in the mid-80s inside because we only have a/c in the bedrooms). And the heat makes me exhausted and dizzy, so it was a miserable day. Thankfully he's doing better today. I really hope nobody else catches it.
    And he's PTing. eek. He's been taking off his diaper and using the potty. So this morning I just put him in underwear. I've reminded him a few times, but his only accident so far was after his nap when he took off his diaper then couldn't open his door. I'm putting in almost zero effort (maybe I'll try harder tomorrow) but it looks like he might PT himself. I was feeling really lazy a little while ago so I just asked him whether he wanted to pee in the potty and he went to the bathroom, took off his underwear, peed, and came back naked. Oh my. I'm sure poops will be a disaster for a while, but changing poopy underwear is no worse than changing a cloth diaper.
    big boy 12.8.07 @ 39+2 7lbs 8oz, 20.5" BFed for 13 months
    middle boy 8.12.09 @ 39+4 7lbs 9oz, 21" BFed for 13.5 months
    little boy 4.26.11 @ 38+4 6lbs 14oz, 19.5" BFed until 26mo and again 30-37mo
    baby boy 10.25.13 @ 41+0 8lbs 15oz, 21.5"
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    Katie - Sounds like lots of fun in the sun. Hope the job thing works out.

    Virginia - That is great that Oliver is PTing himself. How is the pregnancy going?

    *AFM*

    Got back from vacation yesterday so I have 4 days to recover, it's funny that I need a vacation from my vacation.

    The trip was good we stayed with DH's father and his step-mom. We got to see lots of sights around Winnipeg including The Forks (a market), the Assiniboine Park Zoo and the Children's Musem (a science musem). Our last night there we got to have dinner with some of the family, his step siblings, whom DH haden't seen since he was 16 and DH's sister.

    I'm thinking I might need to book myself in to see my family doctor, pulled my hip in early June and it's still sore, the amount of walking I did on the trip didn't help.

    Not sure what everyone elses weather is like, I haven't read back more than a day. But here the day started sweltering hot, got some severe thunderstorms, DH and I on our way home from the pet store saw a tree with a broken branch dangling from the decorative lights, we had all sorts of tornado warnings and watches, thankfully nothing happened, now we just have thunderstorms that should be done by midnight (according to Environment Canada). The weather did some damage to my rhubarb, but most of my veggie garden looks okay other wise, haven't checkd out my flower garden in the front in detail, most of it should be fine since the plants are all pretty short.


    * Amanda *

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    Amanda - I hear you on the vacation from your vacation! We got home this morning (we left at 5:30 am b/c the traffic coming off the cape can be terrible if you wait too long and the trip can go from 4 hours to 6 easily). We flew home with no traffic but after a week of chasing the kids left and right I'm ready for another vacation It was fun but taking both boys totally off their routine, skipping naps, eating out etc it's just time to get back to routine, get Evan back to listening to us etc. He's had a bit too much freedom. My dog sitter did an awesome job she even swept, vacuumed and left the house totally cleaned up. LOVE that! We're having a low key weekend getting the boys back on a routine and just relaxing. Today is HOT tomorrow should be a bit cooler.
    Katie

    Evan 12/10/09 9lbs 5 and 1/4 oz 21.5"
    Rory 12/2/11 10lbs 12oz and 23"
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    Ugh. So, it looks likely the kids have hand, foot and mouth disease. But, the symptoms don't really make sense unless there's another bug (or Oliver ate something he shouldn't have) It all started 4 days after Oliver was at the pediatrician with his swollen eye (and was put on Augmentin)
    Thursday: Oliver: vomiting and fever
    Friday: O decreased appetite, fever (PM)
    Saturday: R+A complain of sore throat, O+A diarrhea in PM
    Sunday: O rash on feet, maybe hands, face around mouth. R+A fever and decreased appetite

    Sounds like hand foot and mouth, but the vomiting and diarrhea don't fit in at all. Since the diarrhea was only 1-2 episodes close together my guess is those were related to something the kids ate. I'm wondering whether Oliver's vomiting was from the antibiotic. I brought him in for it (worried about dehydration) and the nurse said it might be from the antibiotic. The ped thought it was a bug, but stopped the antibiotic in case. Hmm. Sure is puzzling. I hope they're all better soon.
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    big boy 12.8.07 @ 39+2 7lbs 8oz, 20.5" BFed for 13 months
    middle boy 8.12.09 @ 39+4 7lbs 9oz, 21" BFed for 13.5 months
    little boy 4.26.11 @ 38+4 6lbs 14oz, 19.5" BFed until 26mo and again 30-37mo
    baby boy 10.25.13 @ 41+0 8lbs 15oz, 21.5"
    8.16.12 & 12.16.12


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    Oops... I wrote a long post a couple days ago and just realized I never posted it. So I just deleted it to make sure I was up to date on reading posts, haha.

    Virginia - I hope the boys feel better soon. Mine have never had the V/D with HFM, but like you said, it could be coincidence. I hate, hate, hate HFM... It's what caused Sean's fever that led to the febrile seizure. So now I eternally hate it.

    Katie - Glad vacation went well! I hear ya on needing a vacation after vacation. I can't imagine trying to take all 3 boys on vacation, as much as I'd love to. Maybe in a couple years. I really want to do a big Disney trip in a few years.

    Amanda - Crazy weather.. Glad it didn't end up too bad. Our weather has been really annoying. It has either been in the 90's and super humid with heat advisories, or it has been t-storms. It makes it nearly impossible to enjoy the outdoors, grrr. I've been taking Sean out to play in the late evening after dark, haha.

    AFM - I turned 30 on Friday. Fun stuff. I go back to work a week from today. More fun stuff.
    On a more upbeat note, I was going to put this off another 6-12 months, but for several reasons, I decided to try to do it sooner rather than later. I'm going to contact a doctor about starting Sean on an oral immunotherapy treatment with the goal being to desensitize him to peanut proteins. In some cases, the treatment has allowed people who were severely allergic to peanuts have been able to incorporate them into their diet like normal people. I'm not even hoping for that... I would just be happy to know that I could send him to school or eat at restaurants, do things where he could potentially be accidentally exposed to peanuts and not have to worry as much about a severe reaction. I would still carry epipens, but it almost feels like a little safety blanket knowing that if he completes the treatment, he can eat like a handful of peanuts without any bad problems.

    My tie-dye stuff turned out pretty good. Here are some pics!






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    Sean Thomas - 6/30/09 @ 7:17pm 8lb 8oz, 19", 40w5d
    Calvin Michael - 2/28/11 @ 7:39pm 6lb 8oz, 18", 37w5d
    Nolan Matthew - 5/1/13 @ 11:54pm 6lb 4oz, 19", 38w4d

    May 26, 2010 - 7w1d

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    Mary - I hope the immunotherapy works for Sean, I think it would be fantastic if you could even lessen then severity of his reactions.

    The Tye-Dye shirts are awesome.

    *AFM*

    Nothing exciting here, back to the usual work grind.


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    Okay, I got a bit impulsive and made the call. I first called a doc here in Ohio who supposedly offers OIT, but the chick on the phone had no clue what I was talking about, even when I explained that it's the treatment to desensitize people with peanut allergies. So I went ahead and called the doctor in Michigan that I was leaning towards anyway, and I was SHOCKED when the lady on the phone said that they have an opening on THURSDAY. So yeah, in a few short days, we'll be on our way to Michigan. I'm nervous because it's really a newer treatment, so I feel like I'm making my kid a guinea pig. But they report like an 80% success rate and it just feels better to try something sooner rather than later.

    Sean Thomas - 6/30/09 @ 7:17pm 8lb 8oz, 19", 40w5d
    Calvin Michael - 2/28/11 @ 7:39pm 6lb 8oz, 18", 37w5d
    Nolan Matthew - 5/1/13 @ 11:54pm 6lb 4oz, 19", 38w4d

    May 26, 2010 - 7w1d

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    Mary - I read about that treatment. Very cool that you got Sean in! However, don't you have to give him peanut dust (or whatever) several times per week? Are they going to have you do this at home? Because if not, obviously you wouldn't want to drive 8+ hrs per day twice a week to do treatments... I just know for my normal allergy shots for crap like dust, grass, dogs, etc. I have to be monitored for 20-30 mins, so how would it work for his treatment? Still, I'm totally interested in this. Does he have a severe allergy? Do they even know? He just had hives when you introduced peanut, right? And not breathing problems, etc.? Speaking of, have you read
    Food Allergies: A Complete Guide for Eating When Your Life Depends on It by Scott Sicherer? I just did and it answered a lot of questions for me and alleviated a lot of anxiety I had about food allergies. I was having some SERIOUS anxiety about my soy allergy because my dumbass allergist pretty much said "you have a soy allergy. See ya!" and left. No other info! But hopefully yours was/is better. haha.

    Love the shirts!

    Katie - I hear you on needing a vacation after vacation! Ugggh that's the worst!

    Virginia - I hope the boys are feeling better!

    AFM - Yay birthday! And sharing a birthday with the new prince! haha. I know I know, everyone's sick of hearing about him... Blah blah blah. I usually would be in the same boat, except that he shares my birthday and that makes it a little more personal for me. heh.

    Anyhoo, not a ton going on. Just normal summer stuff. Pool, rollie pollies, parks, etc. Today was a long day since no one took good naps and I'm soooo happy I bought myself some champagne for my birthday! It is much needed after all the kiddos are in bed!


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