Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Hank is home!

It's Wednesday afternoon, and we're home. Hank is doing really well. His fever finally broke, and he is back to his old self. We still don't know what was going on, but all signs point to it being something viral. "Something" did show up on his first chest x-ray, but since our ped had never seen his lungs before, she wasn't sure if it was scar tissue from being a preemie and hooked up to artificial respiration and oxygen or if there was a little pneumonia in there. He had another x-ray this morning, but I'm not sure what the conclusion was. All I know is that she said everything was "alright", and we got our walking papers. Hallelujah! Free at last! We HATE being in the hospital, especially with a 17-month-old hooked up to an IV and doesn't understand that he can't teethe on it or jerk it or any of the other tricks he tried. Jay stayed with him the first night while he was all sick and pitiful and groggy. Piece of cake. I stayed with him last night when he was starting to feel better, and he was bouncing off the walls. I thought he would never settle down and go to sleep. I called Jay and told him I wanted to switch, but he didn't go for it. Oh, well. I'm headed to the couch for a nap. Thanks for all the prayers. I'll post some pics of Hank in the hospital later on. Check back.

Monday, June 27, 2005

Hank is in the hospital

We're not really sure what's going on, but he's been running fever (103) since Saturday afternoon. We went to the ER Sat. night, which was a really bad experience that I won't even get into, but they seemed to think that Hank's throat and ears were red, so they sent him home (after 5 hours) with an antibiotic. The fever never went away, plus we wanted a second opinion from our ped, so we went in Monday afternoon, and she decided to put him in the hospital with IV antibiotics. The main reason was that the blood culture that the ER did came back positive Monday afternoon, so it appears that he's got "something", but we don't know what. His white blood cells are normal, but his lymphocytes are up, which is consistent with it being viral. Hopefully, we'll get to the bottom of it soon. The combination of his prematurity and his shunt is causing our dr to be very cautious, and we are so thankful for her. Hank's fever was gone for most of Monday but returned to 103 late Monday night. Please keep us in your prayers, and we promise to keep y'all updated.

Friday, June 17, 2005

H&H are 17 months old!!!

Hayden is walking everywhere now, and Hank is beginning to show some interest in walking. I think he's still convinced that he can just go faster by crawling. Hayden says "light", well, just the "t" part of it, and she points to the light, as well. Hank won't point (it's not polite to point anyway!), but he does look at the light when you ask him where it is. He plays peek-a-boo, and Hayden beats her chest when you ask her where Hayden is. So cute, both of them! Jay & I just got back from vacation, and H&H stayed in McComb for 8 nights. They had a blast and gained whole pound each on that good ol' homecookin'. I'm sure they're bored being at home now, since there were always so many people around to entertain them (or to be entertained!). We took them swimming at Grandma & Grandaddy Harrison's today, and I got some fun pics. Hayden wasn't too sure of the pool - the first time we've seen this side of her. Usually, she's the daredevil. Hank loved it. He splashed and splashed until we were all soaking wet. Check out the June pics to see the latest.