Friday, June 24, 2011

Quick update on Stitches

I wanted to let everyone know that last Tuesday, Haleigh's stitches in her chin were removed. She did really well and all is healing very nice. We were able to take her to the splash pad today and to the beach Monday. We had been meaning to keep the stitches dry except for her baths, so this was a real treat for her, she is part fish i think!!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

The Emergency Room X2

On Sunday we didn't go to church, we had a family reunion to go to, we had been looking forward to it for a month! And we had a really good time while we were there. The kids love it there and I am going to take them back this summer! Anyway the aunt's house we were at has a pool, and my kids are half fish, so they were all having a great time! Haleigh was jumping off the diving board and was doing wonderfully, her suite has a life vest with a zipper on it, and when she jumped in for like the 50th time her zipper popped up and the force of it gashed into her chin, she came up bleeding.

Off to the emergency room we go. I went to the closest one seeing that we were about 45 mins from the closest one, even though its my least favorite and where Haleigh was born. So we get in the back pretty quick and we find out they can't use the glue like we had hoped, I asked them to put the stitches closer together, but they said they would only put what was needed to hold it together. Ugh! Another strike against that hospital! Any way she "needed" 5 of them. Its on the underside of her chin so even though its going to be a scar no one will be able to see it unless she is looking straight up. We were out of the hospital about 3 hours after we got there.

We kept her stitches clean, used antibiotic soap and band aids with antibiotic ointment in them and letting it air out while she slept.

Tuesday morning she got a bath and I put on her band-aid, I noticed her skin was slightly pink so I decided to pick up some antibiotic ointment so I could do a good rub in, when we got home. We then took the kids to lunch and to the bass pro shop, they are about 45 mins from our house. At lunch Haleigh got food all over her band-aid, so I decided to take it off, I didn't have another one but I knew no band-aid was better than one that was trapping in foods. When we took it off there was a blister. And that concerned me quite a bit. I have 5 children and 4 of them have had stitches, Haleigh had stitches after her surgery too. None of them ever looked like this. It was 3PM so I was not making it to Haleigh's peditrician office that day, we decided to wait and see if it looked worse we would take her to the ER, the same or better to her Dr in the morning. Well we got home at 530, and the blister popped, she screamed and when I picked her up she felt like she had a fever. So off to the ER we went. AGAIN!

This time the ER is packed! On arrival her temperature was 102, we are given Motrin to bring down her fever and we wait for 2 hours in the waiting room. While there I leaned that they actually have 2 areas in the ER. One is the actual ER where you see a Dr. , the 2nd is called fast track where you are seen by a nurse practice, now don't get me wrong I have nothing bad to say about them, they are the ones who took care of my babies in the NICU (after the 1st few days) but I think a doctor should have seen her! Well no doctor saw her the 2nd night either we saw a physicians assistant and I have no problem with them either our peditrician's office has one that handles all well visits. We waited 3 hours to see a PA for 10 mins! He took one look and said yeah looks infected wait right here I will get you a RX, came back handed me a paper to sign have me a copy and her 2 Rx's. One is an antibiotic by mouth one is an ointment. Then he said to bring her back in 3 days, for what I asked? For them to recheck her and to take out her stitches. Um.... No thanks I will take her to her doctor on Friday!

So now its Thursday and it still tooks awful! So I am hoping her Dr can shine some light on how she is healing.

Friday, June 3, 2011


Sometimes when you over hear people talking your can make assumptions about what they aretalking about, and most times you would be wrong. A lot of times what you over hear are people talking about what they have assumed has happened in the 1st place. This is how a rumor is started. This is how friendships end and how adults get their feelings hurt.

We recently learned that we are being talked about by people making assumptions about things that are truthfully none of their business. I have tried to clear things up simply by a statement, but I can not stop thinking about how people that were suppose to be our friends are acting, so while I am not going to use any names I feel I must lay somethings out, even if they are our private business.

In January of this year 2011 we like a lot of Americans got our W2 tax forms in the mail and our 1099's, early Feb. We filed our taxes 2 weeks later we got our refund and decided to buy a boat. Why? A few reasons actually 1. It was a great deal, 2. It was something we had been thinking about for more than a year. 3. We knew that we would be dealing with Haleigh's surgeries for a while and we would be unable to take a real family vacation because of it, we also knew we could take the boat and go camping and have a ton of family fun that way for cheaper than say Disney World, 4. We wanted it. So with all that we got it! And we are so glad we did.

A couple weeks later my van motor blew up and because of how old it was, we needed to decide to either rebuild the motor and risk something else major going wrong, or crushing it and buying another used van or SUV. After finding out the cost of the repairs and what all else was actually wrong with it. We decided to buy an SUV, we put it on hold while we went for Haleigh's 1st surgery. 3 weeks later we took most of what was left and put down on our SUV. We have 5 kids so a car was not a choice for us, and we had to have a vehicle that fit is all with seat belts. While jason has a truck, it seats 5, there are 7 of us! If we would have know our van was going to mess up, would we have got the boat? Not at that moment, but eventually yes we would have.

There is a lot of talk about what we choild have done or what they would have done with that money, while raising money for surgeries for our daughter and something no one has thought of is, our income tax returns no matter how big or small has always went to all of our kids, not just one. The boat and SUV is something they all wanted and needed. My kids need to have fun, my kids deserve to have nice things, and have a way to get to and from the places we need to go without sitting on someones lap!

None of the money we used to do these things were raised for Haleigh's travel. Therefore is really not anyones business, and if anyone has problems with the way we spent our income tax money then I feel you should just withstand from donating to her.

I have never assumed how anyone is paying or has paid for anything, and the fact that I have to justify everything we did and see doing to people who I thought were my friends has hurt me more than I have been in a long long time.