Friday, May 28, 2010

Sassy Sccops!

Meet The Sassies!

This group of fun, fabulous and yes, SASSY women are all about
supporting local businesses,
strengthening the community
and making connections! 

I can tell you from personal experience that these ladies also throw a great party!

You must go hear what they have to say.   From Acupuncture to Red Velvet Cake they'll give you the scoop on the best local places to shop!

Click on over and meet more than just their feet!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Real Men Wear Pink

You KNOW you've made it when you find your photo on Kristina's blog. 

I showed this to Spencer & Easton and this was their response:
Easton:  {Grins sheepishly and turns away.}
Spencer: "What the CRAP mom?"

Click on over to her blog to see it live and in person! 
(But hurry because it's the picture of the week and you wouldn't want to miss it.)

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

I Was Featured!

I was featured on Make It Work Mom's blog!  She's a hardworking mom of two beautiful girls.  She inspires mom's everywhere to break out of the routine of everyday life and make great memories with their kids.  Go check out her blog

Monday, May 24, 2010

Part 2 --- No More Monkey Bars

By Tuesday afternoon Josie was feeling a bit restless.  She wanted her hair fixed since she had what we lovingly refer to as "Scaggley Hagatha Hair".  So we came up with something that would be comfortable and would stay nice when she slept.

Once she was satisfied we comandeered a wheel chair and went for a stroll.  We found all sorts of awesome things.....  Hello Spidey! Who is your handsome friend?
We also found the Forever Young Zone.  It's a pretty fun place filled with toys, musical instruments, crafts, video games and lots of volunteers whose main job is to see that the kids have a great time.

She was pretty easily worn out, so we spent a lot of time snuggling and just hanging out. 

One of the highlights of our stay was when the Service Dog, Diva, came for a visit.
What sweetheart!

The food at Primary Children's is actually quite good.  I went to the cafeteria and got food to take back to the room, but Josie had room service from 7:00am-7:30pm.  She could order whatever she wanted, whenever she wished.  Too bad she didn't eat much!  One night we had some special visitors meet us down in the cafeteria.  Josie's Uncle Brett, Aunt Ash and "the cousins" brought us Cafe' Rio for dinner!

By Wednesday she was feeling pretty good and we got the "all clear" to bust outta there!  But not before winning a round of Wednesday morning BINGO!  They broadcast a live Bingo game every Wednesday at 10am  on channel 8 within the hospital.  Since many of the kids can't leave their rooms this is something everyone can play.  The kids call in when they get a BINGO.  They can also call in and tell a joke or request a specific category if they are close to winning.  After the game, the volunteers bring around a cart full of prizes so the winners can choose a prize.
Here's one of the jokes:
Why do ducks have webbed feet?
(to stomp out forest fires)
Why do elephants have flat feet?
(to stomp out flaming ducks) 

Our stay was as good as we could have asked for, but we were EXCITED to go home!

Medical side note:  The reason for our extended stay had to do with the artery in her arm.  Due to the severity of the break, there wasn't a pulse at her wrist.  During surgery they got it flowing and they wanted to make sure it stayed that way.  Whenever they came in to her room to check her vitals, they brought in a little doppler machine because although we still couldn't feel a pulse, we could hear it with the machine.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

No More Monkey Bars

Sunday night after dinner, my 7yr old wanted to show us some tricks on the monkey bars.  She spends half her life hanging from those bars.  This time it didn't turn out so good.  She fell as we all watched and none of us were close enough to stop it from happening.  It still makes my stomach hurt to think about it.

She immediately started screaming.
My husband ran to her and scooped her up.  Her first actual words to him were, "I think I broke my arm." He took one look at her arm and headed straight for the car.  
She was right.

We headed for the nearest hospital emergency room.  They got us right in.  With all the clenched teeth screaming going on, they could tell there was a problem.  The Xray machine was brought into the room and even my untrained eye could tell without a doubt that it was broken.

Once the orthopaedic surgeon at that hospital saw the xrays, he declared that he wanted nothing to do with the situation and we should go immediately to Primary Children's Medical Center in SLC.  So far she had already had a dose of morphine and it wasn't touching the pain.  So they re-dosed her and sent us on our way.  It was a rough drive, and  I was certainly glad we didn't live any further than we do.
The other hospital had called ahead and told them that we would be coming in.  So when we arrived, the ER staff checked her over and confirmed that she needed to have surgery. 
 They then proceeded to tell us that there had been no less than 5 injuries like hers just that night.  So this meant we were 3rd in line. (Later we would learn that in a 3 day period, our surgeon had repaired 15 elbows.)  There was currently one patient in surgery and another waiting in the wings. 
Enter, another dose of morphine.
They put us into a room in the RTU (Rapid Treatment Unit) where we could wait.
She was highly medicated, but still managed to eek out a smile for the camera.
At 2:50am we were finally called down to surgery.  We met the surgical team and they reassured us they were all practiced up and ready to fix her.  We watched as the anesthesiologist gave her something that put her out and then we watched them wheel her away.  This is an emotional moment for any parent, but honestly I was so relieved that finally someone could ease her suffering that I was ok with it.  Weird.
Over 2 hours later we were finally able to see her.  Normally this procedure can be done in as little as 45minutes and without an incision.  Her case was different.  Once the bones were set and pins put in, they check for a radial pulse to make sure the blood flow is sufficient.  She had no radial pulse.
Long story short:  they ended up making a large incision in the arm to free up the traumatized artery and give it plenty of room to do it's job.  Once it was free and there was still no blood flow, they used some medication and were able to get it to function.  The next option would have been a bypass using a vein from another area of her body.  We are so grateful that it didn't come to that.  She came out of anesthesia slowly and vomited 8-10 times over the next few hours. 
We were not sent back to the RTU. 
Instead they put us in the Neuroscience Trauma Unit or NTU.   
She slept through most of Monday afternoon from the Morphine with plenty of Zofran (& some other drug) to help with the vomiting.  
By the next morning, she was doing much better and was happy to see her Doctors who had, incidentally been up for at least 36 hours yet were still gracious enough to smile and pose for a picture.  They checked on her Monday evening, and decided it was best for us to stay a little longer to make sure the artery continued to do it's job. 
Wednesday morning is our goal for getting out of here
In the picture below: Josie was cheery because of the copious amounts of painkiller in her system. 
The other two were most likely delirious from lack of sleep!
The resident: Dr Phillips (on the left) and the awesome and amazing, attending: Dr Woiczik (on the right). 
Dr. Woiczik looks like she could easily be 23, but I found out later that she is actually 35.  (Sorry for outing you Marci!)
I am completely (and non-creepily) in love with Josie's doctor.  She is friendly, thorough, easy to talk to, funny and brilliant.  She spends part of her time at Primary Children's, but Shriner's is her home.  We are lucky to have her taking care of our daughter.

With the exception of the triage nurse in the ER, our stay here at Primary Children's has been pretty positive.  It's a great atmosphere and the nurses and tech's are attentive and kind.  They are great with kids and that puts the parents at ease.

More about our adventure tomorrow. . .