Thursday, July 26, 2012

On the go!

The past couple of days, we have been on the go non-stop!  Yesterday Josie had an appointment to see an Otolaryngologist (ENT) at the children's hospital.  We were there to discuss the results from the sleep study resulting in the memorable photos featured here and here

When we arrived, in the spirit of our continuous effort to get Josie off the g tube, we whipped out her sippy cup and started our drinking and counting game in the waiting room.  An older gentleman sitting near us began chuckling as Josie continued counting and he asked me how old Josie was.  When I replied, "two," he said "Wow.  She is intelligent!"  His comment resonated in my ears for a second.  He didn't say "high functioning," and he didn't follow it "...for having Down syndrome."  He just said "She is intelligent."  Cool!  That little comment made my day.

You know what made Josie's day?  The fact that the nurse let her listen to her own heart with the stethoscope and then gave her a sticker!  Little did that nurse know that she made it next to impossible for the resident to listen to Josie's heart because Josie had an attitude of entitlement towards that stethoscope! 
Other hallmarks of the day included me being asked if I was lost because we stood in the hallway staring at the aquarium instead of entering the waiting room.  There was a woman coughing loudly in there.  No thanks!  I'd rather look like a lost fool wandering the halls!  And taking after her big sister, Merryn continuously removed and threw her shoes and would follow it up with an oh-so-innocent "Uh Oh!"  Yeah right, kid.  That was not an "uh oh" - that was intentional! It got real old, real fast!

The sleep study results were slightly conflicting.  The doctor suggested Josie wear a CPAP to sleep.  It was a stark contrast from what the pulmomonologist had told me just a couple of months prior, so I pushed back.  I cannot imagine trying to strap a CPAP to my child's face every night and I refuse to do that to her unless it's absolutely necessary.  So we agreed to do another sleep study before proceeding.  I can't wait!  (Insert eye roll here)

This morning we ditched the stroller and opted to take a different mode of transportation to treadmill therapy.
 Josie needs to work on  her steering and Merryn needs to work on not using her newly developing walking skills to "go rogue" every chance she gets. 
That's the update for now.  We've got fun plans this weekend which will hopefully include some cool photos so stay tuned!


  1. I'm just catching up on your last few posts. Loved the long goodbye video. It stinks that you have to go through another sleep study, but that is much better than having her on a CPAP for no reason. Hope it all is over soon!

  2. CPAP is no fun at all and it can damage their little faces. we have been trached, and then on BIPAP (you wear the same kinda mask on BIPAP and CPAP) and now breathing pacemakers. the mask was the hardest and the most uncomfortable... prayers that she passes the sleep study next time.

  3. I love, love, love your blog and those babies. Hopefully, I will get to meet them someday. Merryn is a beauty..............even if she does look like her daddy. :-) Miss you guys!

  4. I need to schedule a sleep study for Claire, but I've been putting it off. Both because the study itself is going to suck and because I don't think I'm going to like the results...Sorry you have to do the whole thing over again!