Monday, December 18, 2006

LONG OVERDUE UPDATE

Our nurse came down with the yucky stomach virus that Maxwell has, so I am "on duty" tonight. Unfortunately Max's silly heart is playing tricks on me...major bradycardia. His heart rate is actually lower than ever, but he is managing to keep his sats up with oxygen. So I don't think an ER trip is necessary, but close monitoring is. This kiddo sure knows how to keep his mommy on her toes!

Max's Gtube also failed tonight...huge hole in the balloon that keeps it in his stomach. Unfortunately this was his backup Gtube, and the equipment company didn't have any extras in the right size. The problem is that you have to keep something in the hole or it will close quickly. So I have taped it down like crazy and hopefully that will hold it until we get to the hospital tomorrow morning. Additionally he is having major issues with his feeding (coming out both ends if you know what I mean) and is only able to tolerate Pedialyte.

So all in all...Max is having one of his more "high maintenance" days...to put it lightly. :)

Since I have to stay awake anyway, I thought I would finally respond to everyone's emails, posts and phone calls. Thank you so very much for your concern and your interest. The number of people missing their Mighty Max "fix" is incredible. It's amazing how many people have fallen in love with him via the internet. He certainly is one loved, adored and cherished lil' boy!

The reason we haven't posted is two fold.

First, we have been quite busy with Max's ongoing stomach bug, numerous therapy/doctor appointments, and of course holiday preparations. (I was on the hunt for the perfect activity table for him and I finally found it...YAY! Soooo excited! But now it's taking all my willpower to wait until Christmas!)

Second, I have been wanting to do something different with our blog and I just needed to set some time aside to make that happen. I am setting up an "invitation only" site for our friends and family. I will keep you posted. In the meantime, send me your email address (amysmckinley@aol.com) if I haven't already invited you and you wish to be included. There are thousands of people who regularly read this blog now so the list can be a bit overwhelming. Sorry if I have overlooked your address. :)

Why do I want to make our site more private? Well, the journey of a special needs child and a single mom is an emotional roller coaster. When discussing the photos from our Christmas card exchange, I think a mom on our CHARGE listserv recently expressed it best..."all our CHARGE families have a similar wise, worn, loving look - the look of love cracked open, laid vulnerable and held with great reverence and gratitude."

It's that "cracked open, laid vulnerable" feeling that pushed me to start a more private blog. I only want our friends and family who love us and are genuinely interested in Max's well being to have access to our daily lives, our joys and sorrows, our accomplishments and frustrations...and all the in between.

Well I best run for now. We have clinic visits tomorrow at Children's (hoping they don't keep us overnight) and need to get us packed up and ready to go. I'll keep you posted on our new site. :)

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Amy,

I'm sorry to hear about Max's G tube. That can't be fun and I'm sure it is uncomfortable for him. That combined with this HORRIBLE stomach virus that is going around must be a nightmare.

Let me know if you need a caffeine fix. I'm only a Starbucks away.

Kristy

Anonymous said...

Amy
Please let me know if there is anything that I can do. So sorry our little man is not feeling up to par. Please get some rest when it's available.

Anonymous said...

Mighty Max, sounds like you are having a rough day/night! I hope your G tube gets fixed quickly today and that you are feeling well soon. I also hope your nurse is better soon too. Good to hear from you again.

Leslie and Katie

Sarah Key Storrs said...

Hi

Sarah Key Storrs said...

Hi Again

rachel said...

a long time lurker, first time commentor, I learned of Mighty Max through Treasure of Memories. You two are an amazing and inspiring duo! I was worried when it had been a while in between updates, but glad to here that things are ok.

Wishing both of you a wonderful Christmas :)

Rachel

elle said...

include me in that bog acces pls amy and will u still use this one to LOL

wyoung708 said...

so glad Max is OK I know about waiting ttill given gifts till Christmas LOL only a few more days...Merry Christmas and GOD Bless


Wendy young
sultaN WA