Wednesday, November 29, 2006

2 Years Old!

We celebrated Jason's b-day with family! He was most excited about his new train table and the huge Thomas the Tank Engine balloon. Thank you to everyone for making it such a great birthday!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Halloween 2006

Dr. McDreamy in the house! With a nod to his recent endeavors Jason was a surgeon for Halloween this year! He had a great time walking from house to house. He even managed a couple of "Trick or Treat"s!

Friday, October 06, 2006

Drainage Tube Removed

Today was a big day, the doctor removed Jason's drainage tube! We are so thankful that he is doing well. We cannot say enough wonderful things about Children's Hospital at Scottish Rite! The entire staff, everyone we dealt with from admissions, testing, nurses, doctors were top notch and very focused on the child's comfort and care. Jason's dr, Dr. Gower, was absolutely amazing and we are grateful to have been lucky enough to have her as Jason's surgeon. As you can see in the photo below, Jason is doing well and happy to have his drainage tube out!

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Surgery Day

Jason did wonderfully on surgery day. We all woke up early and headed down to the hospital. He was getting another cold (most likely do to the constantly infected cycst) and it had gotten into his lungs again. They were worried about his cough when we went in for the pre-op stuff. His Oxygen saturation was low (under 96%) and they were thinking we would have to reschedule the surgery. Jason had a breathing treatment which improved his oxgen levels right away. We talk to the anethesiologist about our options. After some discussion it was decided to go in an remove the cyst because while this was technically an "elective" surgery, it really wasn't.

Once the surgery was a "go" they put Jason on some "funny" medicine to help his anxiety. It was simultaneously disturbing and funny to see my almost two year old son "drunk". Everything made him laugh which made it a bit easier to hand him to the scrub nurse.

Alex and I sat nervously in the waiting room for what seemed like hours, but was only 45 min before we got a call from the scrub nurse with an update on the surgery. 45 min later, the doctor came out and told us that everything went fine. whew! Apparently, the cyst had attached itself to Jason's skin, so she had to remove, a large section of his skin, part of the hyoid bone and part of his tounge muscle. This was inline with everything they had prepared us for and everything that I had read online. We were realived but anxious to see Jason.

They showed us to his post-op room and we waited... then I heard his little cry and I was instantly in "lioness mode". It was tough seeing him, he was still groggy and in pain and obviously scared. He was still connected to his IV and had a drainage tube attached to his chest from this incision. We just sat there with him for hours, he slept for a very long time. The pain medicine was making him groggy so he wasn't able to eat or drink (the key ingrediant to getting the IV removed). Around midnight, I finally was able to mentally let go of him enough to put him in the hospital crib to sleep.

The next morning a nurse suggested giving only a half dose of the pain medication to keep him awake but dull the pain enough for him to eat. This worked wonders and to our immense reflief Jason was eating and drinking with a couple of hours. Amazingly, once he was able to eat, he was ready to get up and walk around. About 24 hours post-op he was walking around the hospital in his little pediatrict hospital gown. We were able to put him in a wagon and pull him through the hospital and out to the garden. At this point his was talking and pointing things out, we were so relived his speech had not been impacted!

There were some complications with his drainage tube, so we spent one more night in the hospital, but we were able to go home the day after that. Now we are back home and honestly the only way we know he had surgery is the bandage on his neck!

Thank you to everyone for your thoughts and prayers!

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Thyroglossal Duct Cyst

Jason was diagnosed with a Thyroglossal Duct Cyst last week. This sounds like a bigger deal than it really is. It looks like a rather large lump in the front center of his neck and is most easily seen when he tips his head back. According to the doctors is just tissue that should have "gone away" after his thyroid moved into place as Jason grew in the womb, but in his case he decided to keep it there so it could fill up with fluid and scare his mother to death at 21 months old! :-)

The bad news is that the cyst will need to be surgically removed, so the little man will be in hospital overnight.

The good news is that according to several people this is "common", "surgery 101", and my personal favorite "not an interesting case". :-) Also on the good side, Jason isn't bothered by it at all and he is feeling great.

We have an ultrasound scheduled for next week to ensure that it is a cyst and that it isn't his thyroid (if it is his thyroid there is a different path to take). After that, we have his surgery currently scheduled for October 4th at Scottish-Rite.

We will keep you all posted!

Saturday, June 03, 2006

What is he learning at school?!?!

Do I have a snake around my neck?

It was PetLand day at school today! Jason was also kissing puppies, but the snake around his next was probably the highlight. We have a daredevil on our hands... it's official.

Jason weighs in with: That was cool!

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

My First Day of School

Jason starts school at Goddard today! It is hard for mom to send him off to school, but this will definitely give Jason the chance to meet some new kids.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Sweeping the floor is COOL!

Jason learned to love sweeping the floor today! What a joy for this mother to have a little helper!

Georgia Aquarium - Visit #3

We have visitors, (Uncle Tom is in the house!!) so of course we are headed off to the Aquarium! You have to love the Season Pass. The weather was beautiful so Jason spent most of his time running near the Sea Lion enclosure! The aquarium continues to amaze us, I can't beleive how lucky we are to have it so close! For more information on the Georgia Aquarium visit: