Car Accidents Stink!

>> Friday, January 20, 2017

Eli has been having a persistent headache since the accident along with lots of soreness in his back, neck and arm. I decided I better get him checked out to be safe. 

I'm so glad I took him in. It turns out he has a concussion. Most likely from hitting heads with Cody, the driver seat chair, and the window. He was really tossed around. :( 

She wants him to take it easy the rest of the week. Limit video/computer games, no school, and nothing that will jostle his head around. 

After the doctor we went to see the chiropractor to get a full examination and hopefully get him so help for his back/neck. The chiropractor also confirmed he has a concussion and wants to see him for treatments for the pain from the whiplash for the next month or so. 

Unfortunately, that also means he will miss the Scout snow trip this weekend. Weather has forecasted 1-2 feet of fresh snow while the boys are up there. It would have been so much fun!! I feel so sad for him. He was really looking forward to it. But we have to take care of that sweet little head. 

Last year he was sledding on the snow trip and his face collided with a tree and was pretty banged up. We can't risk something like that happening again. After talking a little bit we also thought sleeping on the cold hard ground with all the back/neck pain he's having wouldn't be the smartest either. 

So....instead we'll have to find some fun movies to watch and get some tasty snacks! :P 


Pulmanologist Follow Up

>> Thursday, January 19, 2017

We had Walker's follow-up with Dr. Panesar (the pulmanologist). They retested him for asthma. I got a picture of it this time. :) It's a fun little test where you blow into a machine and see if you can make the hot air balloon blow up all the way. Walker feels like the office is too geared towards little kids...being 16 he feels a little "mature" for these games. Hehe!



 Good job!!! LOL!!! He passed! :) 

They also did an allergy test on him. He's never had one done. They tested him for all sorts of, hamster, bermuda grass, rye grass, mesquite, ash, milk, eggs, nuts, fish, apples, avocado, bananas, watermelon, there was 2 pages of things there were looking for. Turns out he doesn't have allergies! All of these years we've had him on Claritin and Flonase because the Dr. said he had them but he doesn't. 

From what I'm understanding though, the Dr. said he does not have allergic rhinitis but he may benefit from taking an antihistamine and nasal steroid to decrease the nasal turbinate swelling and edema in the nose. So I'm not exactly sure why he still needs the antihistamine but somehow it helps the nasal tissue from swelling? Perhaps his nose is just sensitive to normal things in the pollution?

Walker has seen some improvement with the trial of Afrin (which is a nasal spray that does what these other 2 will do together but you don't become addicted to it). He is still snoring some but not as loud and his anxiety seems to improve considerably the next day after using it. 

Dr. Panesar said if the spray is not helpful enough that he would recommend a septoplasty for his deviated septum and turbinate reduction. The ENT did mention the turbinate reduction but I never heard him talk about the septoplasty. I spoke to the ENT's office today and I guess it "was" in his notes to do both. My brain tries to keep track of all this important stuff but sometimes it just slips out...LOL!

The Dr. said he's not sure whether the nasal sprays will be helpful for his long-term usage and wants us to follow-up with Dr. McKenna (the ENT) to discuss what he feels is the best option since the spray seems to help but not entirely. He did say if we move forward with the septoplasty he would like to order another sleep study a few months after its healed to see if he's still having sleep apnea issues. 

I asked about a CPAP machine to help him for now but the he said until the septum is corrected the CPAP won't help him at all. 

  I'm supposed to hear back from Dr. McKenna's office tomorrow. Even his assistant was a little confused on what the next protocol should be and wanted to clarify it with him and we'll go from there. 


Dreaded Phone Call....

>> Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Nothing gets your heart pumping as a mom like getting a phone call from your son saying, "Mom we've been in a car accident!"

I asked him if he was ok he said he was banged up some but ok. I asked him where he was and he couldn't tell me. His voice was shaking and he was scared. I asked him to tell me what he saw around him..buildings, stores, ect. He said he could see a Wells Fargo and a Staples. I knew right where he was and told him I'd be there in about 5 min. 

Eli had been at the mall with some friends. His friend Kalvin's Great Grandma was driving the 4 boys home afterwards. They were heading west on Warner just passed Val Vista. They were in the middle lane and a girl who was on her phone decided to pull out of the Taco Bell driveway onto Warner. She didn't have enough room (because she wasn't watching), Eli saw her coming and said, "What is she doing???" Then he heard the Great Grandma yell, "Oh no!!!"

She hit them on the passenger side door. Eli was sitting behind the driver furthest away from impact. When she hit them it pushed the car over the median. Thankfully no oncoming traffic hit them coming from the other direction. As you can see if things would have been just a little different they might have even hit that light pole right behind the fire truck. Thankfully that didn't happen either! <3

All of the boys were able to get out and walk away from the scene. They had scrapes, cuts, bruises, and some headaches but nothing too major. The Great Grandma however did break her wrist and was beat up pretty bad. They took her by ambulance to the hospital. That is her sitting on the median with the paramedics. 

 The boys were in the gold car and the at fault driver was in the black car. 

Eli was sitting next to Kalvin's brother Cody. He only had a lap belt on and he is about 5-6 years old. It didn't restrain him very well and he slammed into Eli's right arm and right side of his face. Which then pushed Eli the other direction and he hit the bridge of his nose on the driver's seat in front of him. Then he hit his head on the window. We don't know how he got the scrapes on his shin.

That night he already started getting sore. His nose was killing him. His right arm, neck, back and head were throbbing pretty good. We gave him some ibuprofen and ice packs to help. 

He hasn't been able to go to school the last 2 days because he's so sore and the headaches are pretty strong. 

This whole experience rattled him pretty good. He'd never been in a car accident before. We talked really late that night because he kept playing what happened over and over in his mind and couldn't sleep. He kept saying things like, "what if this would of happened? or if she hit us at this spot instead of that spot?" I just sat with him and listened and tried to comfort him. We talked about how there were so many tender mercies and angels attending them. Things "could" have been worse...but it wasn't! They were being watched over for sure! That everyone is alive, able to walk away with only minor injuries...that's a miracle!  

I took him to the Dr. today because he's been having a constant headache. She confirmed he has a concussion. :( She wants him to rest as much as possible...which means no school the rest of the week if possible (if he must go he should only 1/2 day), limiting video games and computer time too. I guess that takes too much brain power. :P  If he isn't improving by Friday she wants us to call and she'll give us a referral to a concussion specialist. Hopefully he'll be much better by then.

We are definitely counting our blessings. We know things could have turned out much different. So grateful for my boy!!! <3 


Branching Out

>> Monday, January 16, 2017

Alayna was drawing the other night and was talking about getting a new case for her phone. We suggested she just paint or draw something on the case to make it how she wanted it. 

She drew it out on paper first, then tried it on her case.

It turned out so cute!!! :) 


Sleep Study Follow-Up

>> Thursday, January 12, 2017

Took Walker yesterday to see the ENT (ears, nose and throat dr.) to follow up with his sleep study. He was crazy behind 90 minutes behind. We were gone for 3 hours! :( 

We did get a lot of information though. He checked Walker out, went over the test results and discussed options. 

First off, he DOES have sleep apnea! He's having 1 episode every 3 minutes. So basically he's never able to go through the entire sleep cycle. His body isn't able to rest and restore. It's definitely affecting his sleep and his quality of life during the day. 

After examining him he doesn't think his tonsils or adenoids are playing any part in this issue. The adenoids are still a little enlarged but nothing significant. He has a deviated septum as well. The left side is much smaller than the right. He noticed the lining of the nasal passage is inflamed and suggested we try Afrin. The current allergy spray he's on isn't helping at all. However, Afrin is addictive, so if it does help significantly then he will give him an RX for two different sprays. One is a steroid and one is an antihistamine that are really strong and do pretty much what Afrin does...with out becoming addicted to it. If the sprays don't really help then he will go in and burn the tissue inside the nose. 

The doctor feels that his biggest issue is his jaw. His jaw is too small for his tongue. Most people with sleep apnea are over weight. Clearly Walker isn't over weight. Over weight people actually have fat tongues. That's what makes them snore. The tongue becomes too big and an obstruction when they lay down. With Walker, his jaw doesn't have enough room to allow the tongue to fit, so in effect it's pushing his tongue too far back into the back of his mouth/throat causing the loud snoring and obstructing his breathing. 

The Dr. loved his shirt! Hehehe!

If the nasal spray and nasal procedure aren't helping enough he wants to send him to an oral surgeon to discuss options. He said that they could give him a mouth appliance that would push his lower jaw forward giving the tongue enough space inside the mouth when he sleeps. This should help with the snoring. If the appliance doesn't seem to help then he recommends having surgery. 

The surgery sounds super crazy to me though!!! 

It's called Maxillo-Mandibular Advancement (MMA) SurgeryThey basically have to break his upper and lower jaw. They place plates and screws inside and enlarge the jaw. This should fix the problem permanently. I read that people have a 90% reduction in symptoms from having this surgery. 

Since the jaw is broken, it has to be rubber banded shut for a few weeks. It would require an all liquid/smoothie type diet. Weight loss is common during recovery. One patient's story I read today said he actually was able to return to school after two weeks. The jaw was still banded but was able to talk enough to get by. He was still pretty swollen but it was manageable. We'd most likely wait until summer to do it. 

He also said a CPAP machine might be beneficial. But since he's only 16 he doesn't feel this is the best option long term. He'd basically have to use it for the rest of his life. We could use it now though until we decide on the surgery. It would give him the quickest relief and help. 

We've decided our first step is to see if this nasal spray helps and we'll go from there. 

Doesn't this look like fun???? Yikes! 

When we were in the doctor's office and he was explaining everything the Spirit was jumping at me saying.. This is it!! This is it!!!

He's been having a really difficult year and we've been trying so many things to help him feel like himself again. I'm grateful to have answers. Not sure how fond I am of some them though... Lol! 

However, he would love to have the surgery because he's self-conscious of his lack of jaw line. 


Eli Has Mad Hops!

>> Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Jared and Eli were messing around the other night. Eli was trying to jump up on Jared's shoulders. Jared didn't think he could do it.....


The little stinker did it!!!! LOL!!!


Family New Year's Resolution!

>> Saturday, January 7, 2017

So before the end of the year I was thinking about New Year's Resolutions. One night in the shower (this is usually where I receive most of my inspiration...LOL! ) the thought came to me that we should make it a family resolution to go to the temple together once a month. I threw it out to the family to see what their thoughts were and happily everyone thought it was a great idea!!! :)

So today we got up early and we got dressed in our Sunday best and went to the Temple together!! 

Alayna is 10 years old. She still has 2 years until she is old enough to go and perform baptisms. I didn't want that to stand in our way though. I think you can enjoy the temple inside and outside!

Jared and the boys went in and did baptisms and Alayna and I hung out together. You an actually go inside the temple without a recommend. They have a lobby area and a waiting room. Alayna had never been inside so I thought we'd start there. She was SOOO excited!!!! Excited isn't even the right word....she was ecstatic!!! She kept talking about it all week and all the way there! She couldn't believe she was going to get to go inside! :) 

While her and I wait together my plan is to teach her all about temples. Why we have them, what their purpose is, and why they are so important to us. I have been gathering worksheets, scavenger hunts of things you can find at the temple, scriptures, puzzles, games, all sort of things that we can do to deepen her knowledge of the temple! I've also come up with some other FUN ideas for next month, but I don't want to ruin the surprise! :P 


We are all so excited about this family resolution! Everyone had a great morning and we ended it with a giant breakfast at Black Bear Diner! Who doesn't love a yummy big breakfast?!? :) 


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