Last night Dennen and I took Finn to see Cookie Monster at Harmons. We weren't quite sure how Finn was going to react... It was a success, he loved him!! After Finn saw him we went to get a drink to buy. Finn kept trying to go back and see Cookie Monster. I'm pretty sure this kid is not going to be afraid of mascots.
In other news, we have a busy week ahead of us! Dennen flies out tonight to go to a couple of PA school interviews. He has one on Tuesday in Pennsylvania, and one on Thursday in Tennessee. I am so proud of him and know that he will do great!
This next topic I've wondered whether or not I should write about. Something that bothers me more than anything is when people complain about their kids. About how they won't nap, won't eat, and throw tantrums. Guess what? That's a big part of what raising kids is about. Don't get me wrong. I think that it's fine to state facts of life and what's going on. Mixing in humor is always nice too. But when people go off and basically whine about their kids, it drives me nuts.
That said, I'm going to tell you all what's going on with Finn. He has thrown up since the day he was born. On average he'll puke about twice a week. He can only handle foods that are pureed, or carbohydrates that are uniform with no chunks of any sort in them. If he eats anything else, it's a sure thing that he will puke it up 7 or 8 hours later. He has a very bad association with food because of this and does not eat much at all.
He has seen various specialists. From occupational therapists, to dietitians, to a pediatric gastroenterologist . When he was 15 months he weighed 18 pounds. He has gotten a lot worse in the past little while and pukes more and had diarrhea for awhile. Usually Finn is a pretty happy little guy, but we can tell when his stomach just hurts him. His eyes are sunken in and he has been very pale lately. We finally took him to his doctor and he weighs 17 pounds at almost 18 months.
His doctor said it was about time we start taking some major action and do some tests on him. They're testing for metabolic disorders, celiac disease, allergies, his red blood cell count, his white blood cell count, cystic fibrosis, and some others. At some point he might need a feeding tube as well. Tomorrow I am taking him to have a sweat test done to see if he has cystic fibrosis. Although that sounds like that scariest of the tests, I'm not too worried about it because he hasn't really had serious lung infections. Just the GI problems that are associated with cystic fibrosis. On Tuesday I'm taking him to Primary Children's Hospital to have an endoscopy done to see if he has any intestinal blockages among other things.
We really hope that they can figure out what is making Finn so sick. Whether it's serious or not, we just want answers at this point in time. We are so grateful for Finn and that he is relatively healthy. It would be way hard to be a parent and basically live in the hospital 24/7 with your sick child. And sometimes knowing that they would just pass away soon from whatever illness they have. Well, just thought I'd give you all the low down.
Here's a great song that I found recently. I first really liked Martin Sexton in high school. But haven't really listened to any of his new stuff. This song is great!