Tuesday, May 09, 2006


Max is sick...again. We are having the most difficult time keeping the bugs away. This has been going on for weeks and we are both exhausted physically and emotionally.

I think part of the reason is that without nursing help, I am forced to take him out more...I have no other choice. Since he is no longer in his "bubble," he is being exposed more to germs. And once he gets sick once, his immunity is a bit compromised and he's more susceptible to yet another virus.

The latest is that two days ago Maxwell started getting congested and it appeared it might just be a little cold. Well unfortunately not much proves to be "little" in CHARGEland. That cold soon turned for the worse, and the past few days and nights have been spent either comforting him because he is coughing so hard or suctioning his nose...which he absolutely despises but it is very, very necessary.

Today he spiked a fever and his O2 needs increased significantly so the doctor wanted us to come in. We did MORE xrays of his lungs and he examined him from top to bottom. Right now the lungs are showing slight worsening...and the fever increased during this afternoon too. So we are going to see how he does overnight. Poor lil' guy. I lost it several times at the doctor's. It absolutely tears me apart how much he must endure everyday. We put him in this device for the xray and he could barely tolerate it because of his low muscle tone...and he was crying miserably. Then when we were waiting for the doctor to review the xrays, I was holding him and looking at the bulletin board of healthy children...and I just started to cry and cry. Sometimes I am reminded of just how many challenges Maxwell has and it saddens me terribly. I try to be tough and brave and act like all is well. And quite honestly, I am soooo incredibly proud of Maxwell and his many accomplishments that I don't think a lot of what he "can't" do (yet that is). But when his delays and challenges hit me, they hit me hard. Today was one of those days.

I do my very best to give him everything. I think he is a happy baby who knows that he is absolutely adored and cherished...and to me that is what is most important. But oh how I wish for him the ability to hold his head up and the strength to sit independently...what fun awaits him when he reaches those amazing milestones. Until then I will enjoy lots of floor time with him...he absolutely loves when I give him raspberries all over his belly or tickle his sides. And no strength on his part is required! :)

Hopefully we both feel a little better in the morning. I gave him a long bath this evening...that along with some Tylenol seemed to provide some comfort. And actually since he was so mellow, I gave him his first haircut. He was getting pretty shaggy around the ears...now he is a super cute, clean cut lil' boy. He is absolutely gorgeous as always, even when he feels crummy.

On top of Max's medical concerns, guess what else we are dealing with??? Hmmm...let me think. What am I dealing with that is so ridiculous, a waste of time and should have been over months and months ago? Oh yes, my divorce. Because Max's father is refusing to pay for a true fair share of Max's expenses and wants to rely on the government, I have been busy in meetings after meetings with all the various disability organizations and resource programs. I have met with basically all of them before, but I just wanted to review everything again. I have basically exhausted all efforts to find programs suitable for Maxwell and our income level. Basically when I told them the father's ideas, they laughed and said if he believes there are such wonderful income programs for disabled children, perhaps he should let them know. They would love to know about them and tell other families!

When you have always cherished your career and enjoyed a really good income, it is soooo incredibly difficult financially and emotionally to have these "meetings." All of a sudden, you are forced into a life of where you are constantly seeking help. I don't want to receive help, I want to give help. And dealing with all the government agencies requires a lot of assertiveness, patience and organization. Such a maze! Fortunately, I feel quite comfortable about being very persistent with getting what we need! My work on Capitol Hill and in campaigns has served me well. :)

Anyway, so I am already feeling "strange" about having to ask for help but then the person always asks about the father's role and that of course he would be responsible for these medical expenses too. I have to then explain that he will only pay what the court orders him to, and if the judge doesn't agree with our side, then how will I afford all of these extraordinary expenses. I can't help but feel like it makes me look bad that I was married to someone who is behaving this way. Not sure if that makes sense, but basically I feel that my judgement is questioned...and I want to say "no, no, trust me, this guy can pull the wool over anyone...he is really, really good at being deceitful." But I just let it go and say I made a mistake...lesson learned.

But fortunately, soon enough this will all be over. What a relief. And whether or not the judge sees clearly the position that Max and I are in, at least this will be over one way or another. My lawyer says we can appeal, but I'm not sure I will up to that. We'll see.

Enough for now...I need to get some meds ready for Max and then do more paperwork. And if I can stay awake, I might even try to fit in some scrapbooking so I can end my day with fun. I absolutely love putting together Max's photos and journaling about our life together. :)


Anonymous said...

Hang in there kiddo's.


Please hang on..I wish I lived closer to help you out.

Sending prayers up for both of you..


Dylan (and Kristy) said...


Please, please let me know if you need a shoulder! I'll rush right over! Feel free to call me anytime.

Love ya.


Meredith said...

When I read posts like this one, I wish so many things were different for you and Max. My heart aches for you and the unnecessary pain you are forced to confront. Yet, in the midst of it all, I think how blessed Max is to have such a great mommy. He will continue to thrive because of your tireless efforts, and you can take strength in that.
Much love -

Sara B said...

Miss Amy-
Sending you lots of love and strength and prayers today. I miss you lots...wanna scrap soon?

Drew said...

Hey Amy,

I'm sorry to hear Mr. Max hasn't been feeling his best lately. I'm also sorry you've been down. It's not fair how many challenges one little boy and his mother must face. However, I'm continuously amazed at how well you two face them and how much the two of you have overcome already.

For the other matter: as if we didn't already know what a hypocrite Vic Sprouse is regarding his “family values” platform, it’s equally interesting that this supposed “conservative” expects his own son to live on government programs. What a jackass. All I can say is don’t let the bastard win!

Hope you both feel better.

Cedie L Mock said...

Amy and Max'

Hang in there. This too shall pass. Thinking of you both. And those pictures are so adorable!!!


Jennifer and Cedie Mock

Kirstin said...

Amy- my dear friend - I'm sorry you having such a day. I wish I could make it all better for you... So many people love you and Max and would do ANYTHING to help you. Just ask and anyone of us will be there. As for Vic, please don't allow him to take anymore energy from you. You know my views on him...Stay focused my friend. Big hugs and lots of love...

elle said...

get him to share that millions with our charge familes to wed all love to know where we could get that help LOL maybe theres soemthing out there coz i was sick last night ended up in hopsital first cvharge abdo migraine in three years

Tylene said...

Amy & Mighty Max,
You don't know me but I have been following your post from the first news broad cast last fall. You have become a part of my quiet morning time and I look forward to each and every new post. You are one strong lady and Max is so lucky to have you as his mommy. You and Max are in my prayers, I ask God to give you the strength each day to keep going. I can't imagine what trials you and Max face with each new day. You are an incrediable women and mom. I am a firm believer that what comes aroumd goes around and the only side of the street I need to keep clean is my own. One day Vic WILL get what is coming to him. God has a plan and sometimes we all wonder how strong he thinks we are but he will not put more on us then what he knows we can handle. Hang in there. Praying each day for you and Max.

Steph said...

hmmmm...thought i would get over my nauseau soon as i close out the first trimester. but when i read about vic sprouse i seriously want to puke. yuck. i hate that he's still in both of your lives. praying that the judge sees the light.

keep venting too...it's what we're here for. we love you and want to know what you're going through.


camport said...

Just wanted you to know there's one more person out there praying for Max. Isn't technology awesome?