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Old 12-26-2012, 04:42 PM   #61
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Congratulations Shannon {on the morning sickness that is}.

DD got RSV last March, and it turned into double Pneumonia. She was hospitalized for a week, and it was horrible- praying the antibiotics do their job and Cinco gets to feeling better SOON!
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Old 12-26-2012, 08:07 PM   #62
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Looks like you have a lot on your plate right now, and so from one mom in a similar situation to another...take it one day at a time and prayer does help. Hope your son gets better soon...sending good thoughts!
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Don't worry about this TR, you have more important things to think about. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. I hope things start turning around and 2013 starts better than 2012 ended for you all.
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Congratulations Shannon {on the morning sickness that is}.

DD got RSV last March, and it turned into double Pneumonia. She was hospitalized for a week, and it was horrible- praying the antibiotics do their job and Cinco gets to feeling better SOON!
Thank you Jenn!! Sick babies are the worst
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Old 12-26-2012, 08:49 PM   #63
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Hey y'all, thank you so much for all the thoughts and prayers. It really does mean a lot that so many people I've never met IRL are here to support one another

Just wanted to stop in and give you an update on James.

Unfortunately, he ended up getting much worse. About an hour after I posted my last update he woke up from his nap. He still seemed sleepy and not quite aware of what was going on. I told Candi we should change his diaper, try to feed him and see if he starts responding better and then go from there. As soon as we took off his pants to change his diaper we noticed hives all over his legs. A quick inspection under his shirt and sure enough they were all over his chest and arms (he was wearing long sleeves) as well. A quick run through the house for necessities (insurance card, purse, diapers) and we were off to the hospital. Due to his age and the hives he was taken back immediately. They gave him a dose of steroids for the hives and let us know that we would be hanging around the ER for an hour to keep him under observation. He hadn't started swelling (thank goodness!) so far, but they said it didn't mean that he wouldn't. Once they realized the hives were going down they ran his stats (temperature, blood pressure etc) and noticed that his oxygen levels were low. This wasn't unexpected to me due to the visit to the Dr's office earlier in the day. I let them know about his visit and the nebulizer treatments we were ordered to do. The first thing they asked me is if they had tested him for RSV and when I said no they were livid. They immediately asked who his primary was and when I let them know he didn't see her, but her NP, they practically blew a gasket and left the room. A few minutes later I had to pin my poor baby down while they did the RSV swab (I swear they basically swab your brain from inside your nose ) and then again while they gave him a dose of Benadryl. At that point he was done with me and only wanted his Dada.

It only took about 30 minutes before they came back and let us know that he tested positive for RSV. They started a breathing treatment with a stronger dose of Albuterol than what we were given and left to call the Ped on duty for the night. From there the waiting game began. The first breathing treatment didn't improve anything, so the Ped ordered 2 more 20 minutes apart. While the second of those was being given his hives started to return, so we were also keeping an eye out for swelling from that. After the third breathing treatment he started to do much better; unfortunately, that was short lived. Less than an hour (they kept him for continuing observation in the ER) after the last breathing treatment his oxygen levels dropped to 79 (at the very minimum they wanted it to be at 90). This earned us a permanent room on the Pediatric floor of the hospital.

So, my baby got to spend Christmas Eve and Christmas day in the hospital The first night and next morning he continuously kept going up and down on his oxygen levels. His blood pressure also kept spiking, but I think it was more from being scared than much else. Finally last night they were able to take him off the oxygen and he held appropriate numbers for almost 3 hours! This morning he was slightly low, but was able to hold good numbers with .5 liter of oxygen. They were content with this and released him this evening. He has to be on oxygen around the clock for the next week as well as do 2 breathing treatments each day. He goes in for a follow-up next Wednesday where we will evaluate our next step. It sounds like the option of outcomes is being completely healed and getting to stop all treatments, being improved and continuing with the oxygen/breathing treatments or lowering the quantity of them or if he has not improved or is worse he will be re-admitted for more aggressive treatment. So, we are not in the clear yet. But, since we have been home I have already seen him starting to thrive better. He is asking for food and drink versus us having to bribe him to take it and has even gotten up a few times to play with his toys. I have faith that he will get better, but any continued thoughts and prayers are very much welcomed. As I told Jenn, seeing your baby sick is the worst!

I also wanted to give a quick update on myself.

I hinted at it in my last update, but didn't want to get into the details as I didn't feel they were appropriate with all the other news. But, in the midst of all the chaos we've been enduring we also found out that I'm pregnant According to my calculations I am between 4 and 5 weeks so I know it is very early on, but I made the announcement this early with Cinco as well. I strongly believe the more positive thoughts that are around for the pregnancy the better! I have to schedule my first prenatal visit so I should have an expected due date in a couple weeks. We are all thrilled including James - he goes around saying "sisser, sisser, sisser." I would take it as a sign of this baby being a girl, but he is actually saying Spencer (my Niece's name) as he is convinced that all babies are "sissers"

Thanks again everyone for your kind words and thoughts. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday spent with your loved ones!
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Old 12-26-2012, 09:10 PM   #64
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Congratulations! Sorry that your baby boy is sick...it reminds me of my son at 1 1/2 months old had pneumonia and my daughter had a febrile seizure at 9 months. Both times equally scary, but like you, I had faith that they will be okay. I am sure that positive thinking can effect the outcome of health, so here are some more happy thoughts
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Old 12-26-2012, 09:28 PM   #65
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How scary. I hope James continues to get better. Fantastic news on the new baby!

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Old 12-26-2012, 10:20 PM   #66
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I'm so sorry to hear about James having to go into the hospital. Poor little guy! Glad to hear he's starting to do better. Will keep him in my prayers.

And I'm really sorry to hear about Candi's cousin.

On a lighter note....a big Congrats on your pregnancy!
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Old 12-27-2012, 02:05 PM   #67
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I'm so sorry Shannon- that is the WORST!

When DD got RSV, it was horrible. She went from just being congested with a low fever to completely lethargic with a 104.5 fever instantly. We spent a week in our children's hospital and since she was RSV + she couldn't leave the room.

I strongly agree with you that Cinco being home will make him better! When DD left the hospital her oxygen stats were still low (but they made us not focus on the machine and focus more on her and her signs/breathing) and I swear the minute we walked in the door she was instantly better! Finally getting to take a real bath in the bath tub was hug for her- being home really is the BEST medicine!

Many prayers for him- and please keep us posted!

AND of course congratulations on your new little one!!! I am SO excited for you!
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Old 01-28-2013, 02:46 PM   #68
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Hey all! I know it has, once again, been weeks since my last update. Things just never seem to slow down around here. A couple of quick life updates and then I want to jump back into the TR.

James is doing much, much better. Since he was removed from his oxygen he has seen the Doctor twice and there are no longer any signs of the RSV or low oxygen levels! Thank goodness! We are still requested to give him the nebulizer treatments if he gets extremely coughy and/or mucusy. To date we have had to do that once. There are not words for how extremely happy this makes me. I also have to say, that it has turned me into a complete worry wart and I have to make a conscious effort to not be overly paranoid now. Every single time he exhibits even the slightest sign of a cold I go into a panic that the RSV is coming back. Oy! Thank you again to everyone for your continued thoughts and prayers for my little boy

On the pregnancy front, I still battle daily nausea/morning sickness (which by the way should be called evening sickness in my case). It is such new territory to me because I only had one day of sickness with James. I constantly tell James (jokingly) "you need to teach your little brother or sister to play nice." I had my first prenatal visit (finally!) on January 23 where in addition to all the lovely lab tests I got my first ultrasound. Nothing beats seeing that tiny heart flickering on the ultrasound screen! My due date is August 31 so I was pretty accurate in my predictions of how far along I was early on. My next appointment is February 22 where I will get to hear the heartbeat and I have about 11 weeks to go until we find out if a little boy or girl will be joining our family.

One quick side story - we took James in the room for the ultrasound and when we pointed to the large TV they projected it on and told him that was his baby brother or sister he got the biggest smile and started doing his "Happy Feet" dance. Melt my heart!


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Glad to hear that James is doing much better!

But, I'm sorry you're still having morning sickness. I hope it goes away soon for you. How exciting and sweet about the 1st ultrasound and James being there.
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But, I'm sorry you're still having morning sickness. I hope it goes away soon for you. How exciting and sweet about the 1st ultrasound and James being there.
Thanks so much! Ginger Ale has become my new BFF It's as I tell my Hubs and Sis all the time when they ask how I'm feeling "I'm exhausted, naseaus, already having trouble sleeping, repulsed by most foods .... and loving every minute of it!"
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Sea Day: Part One

I'm going to be honest, I didn't keep notes for this day (or any of the rest going forward) and since we tend to laze around a lot on Sea Days I don't have a clear memory of everything that occurred. I'll use my pictures as a guide, but it's clear that there is a huge chunk of time that no pictures were taken


We had crawled into bed around midnight the previous night after a full day at Key West, an amazing dinner at Palo, a not-so-amazing time at Flounder's Reef and ending the day cuddling on loungers watching a movie on the funnel vision. After such a packed day, I'm pretty sure all of us were looking forward to the Sea Day - no alarm clocks, no excursions, no obligations - bliss!

If memory serves correctly we didn't make any plans to meet up for breakfast, had only discussed taking Cinco to the kiddie splash area for a while at some point in the day. I know for certain we woke up when James did which was later in the morning and for that we were thankful. After getting up and dressed I went next door to knock on my parents door and didn't find them there (this could be incorrect ). Knowing that James needed to eat we headed off to the buffet to fill our tummies where, I believe, we ran into my parents enjoying breakfast as well.

If we didn't meet up at the buffet I know that my parents were in their room when we returned. I went next door to let them know that we were going to get James ready to head down to the splash area and they said they definitely wanted to join us.













James had an absolute blast playing in the water and just being allowed to run around and do whatever he wanted. Pure toddler paradise as far as he was concerned! And, seeing the joy on his face reminded me that this is what the vacation was all about.

I do have to say I have one gripe. Because of his age and not being potty trained he was not allowed to go into any of the regular pools. I get that - they are trying to avoid any accidents and having to close down the pools. It's a bummer but I understand and that's not what upsets me. What does upset me is that while we were playing in the splash area (close to 2 hours) one of us had to grab James from getting trampled from big kids at least a dozen times. I'm not talking kids that were close to his age and just bigger than him. I'm talking 10, 11, 12 year olds that were clearly too big to be in the toddler area and were not paying attention to all the little kids who were in there. In my opinion, if the toddlers can't go in their area than they shouldn't be allowed in the toddlers area. It's too small of an area and it isn't safe. James had just started walking full time at that point so his balance wasn't that great and there were kids in there younger than him who were still crawling. Very unsafe and unfair!

Moving on. As stated we spent close to 2 hours just allowing James to run around and do whatever he felt like - which was mostly run in circles around Sorcerer Mickey's hat and then run to the other end and stick his face in the fountain spouting out of the ground. Good times!

From here I know for sure we went back to the room to change and I'm almost certain I would have given James a bath to get all the chlorine off of him. At that point I can't remember if we all stopped to take a nap or not. Based on the timeline I'm almost thinking that we didn't or, if we did, it was for a short time. Regardless, at some point after we all went to lunch. Candi and I were thinking of just hitting the buffet, but my Mom had requested we do a sit down and order meal instead. We chose Lumiere's for this - not sure if it was the only option, but I'm almost certain that Parrot Cay was open as well.

On our way to lunch Candi and I stopped at the DVC desk to pick up or swag of the day. I think this day we had to answer a trivia question to receive it and Candi was the one who got it right While we were at the desk my parents decided to inquire about receiving more information about DVC to see if it was a good fit for them. Once they got all set up we made our way down the elevators to lunch.

When we entered the restaurant we were excited to see our Assistant Server, Ramon, in there. He seemed just as excited to see us and immediately sat us and asked us if our drink options were the same for lunch as dinner. When he returned with our drinks he made the comment "I guess you guys skipped the buffet since you aren't seafood fans huh?" Poor, poor Candi, I'm pretty sure he was holding back tears as the seafood buffet was basically number one on his list of hopes for this trip. I whispered to him that we could hop over there instead but he said it wasn't a big deal and he wanted to spend time with my family.

I don't recall what we had for lunch but I do remember all of us enjoying it. Towards the end of the meal my Dad asked my Mom what time they were supposed to do their DVC meet and she said she thought it was at a certain time. My Dad looked at his watch and it was already past that time; I guess my Mom hadn't adjusted her watch for the new time zone. She started to get upset and I told her it was not a big deal, to find her card they wrote on to see, they would be happy to reschedule or there was a big meeting in the lounge coming up in a few minutes. When she pulled out the card she realized that they had signed her up for the group meet after they had talked about a few different times that might work. I guess she just got confused with all the times they talked about. At that point we semi-rushed to finish lunch so that they could get there in time. Since it was open to anyone Candi and I decided to join as well. I wanted to see if there was any secret information being revealed about the Grand Floridian DVC and Candi was hoping we could get lucky enough to win the door prize. It was an onboard credit - $300 I believe.

We got there just a few minutes past the starting time and when they had us sign in Candi and I got some extra swag for already being members. We made our way inside and found a seat to listen to the rest of the presentation. A few minutes in James started getting fussy (which makes me almost positive we didn't nap before lunch) so Candi said he was going to take him back to the room to lay him down. I decided to stay behind with my parents and Candi told me if they were offering sign on incentives to sign us up to talk to someone The presentation didn't have any information I didn't already know but I was chosen to answer a question and received a prize for it. When I leaned over I could see that my Dad was making notes fast and furiously so I knew he was strongly considering if DVC was right for them. At the end of the presentation they made one last round to make sure everybody had turned in their forms for the door prize drawing. When he pulled the card he said "the winner is from Wichita, KS" and I got so excited (that's where my parents are from) but then it was somebody else. Small world and kind of a bummer. But, Congrats to fellow Kansans

After the DVC presentation I signed Candi and I up for after dinner to find out more about the bonus for adding more points and then headed back to the room. To be honest I have no idea what my parents did and I'm pretty sure we didn't see them again until right before dinner. In fact, I cannot remember a single thing that happened from that point until we started getting ready for show....
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I love reading about your trip! James is so cute! You are right the cubby hands just make ya melt! I am glad to know he is feeling better as a pediatric intensive care RN, i see lots of RSV this time of year. It is bad. Poor guy!! Congrats on the new addition. Cant wait to hear more!!
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Sounds like y'all were having a nice, leisurely day!

The pictures of James in the splash area are so cute! And I agree with you - the splash area should have an age limit. If I remember correctly from when we sailed on the Dream, that one does have a maximum age. But, don't quote me on that.
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We went on a Magic cruise last May as well. We put our six month old in the nursery twice and had a bad experience as well. We ended up showing up early the second time and found her laying on the floor sobbing while everyone ignored her. We didn't go back.

We are taking another cruise on the dream this may and our daughter will be 18 months. I am hoping it goes better.
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I love reading about your trip! James is so cute! You are right the cubby hands just make ya melt! I am glad to know he is feeling better as a pediatric intensive care RN, i see lots of RSV this time of year. It is bad. Poor guy!! Congrats on the new addition. Cant wait to hear more!!
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Sounds like y'all were having a nice, leisurely day!

The pictures of James in the splash area are so cute! And I agree with you - the splash area should have an age limit. If I remember correctly from when we sailed on the Dream, that one does have a maximum age. But, don't quote me on that.
I absolutely cannot wait to sail on the Dream for the Nemo themed splash zone. Although at that point James will be potty-trained I'm sure the next little one will love it!

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We went on a Magic cruise last May as well. We put our six month old in the nursery twice and had a bad experience as well. We ended up showing up early the second time and found her laying on the floor sobbing while everyone ignored her. We didn't go back.

We are taking another cruise on the dream this may and our daughter will be 18 months. I am hoping it goes better.
I'm so sorry to hear you had such a bad experience with the nursery as well I was really hoping our situation was a one-time fluke as I know that isn't the type of service that Disney expects or promotes of it's CMs. I'm not going to lie - it is going to be hard for me to give them a second chance on our next cruise. James will be old enough to go to the Oceaneer's Club (Lab?) but we will have the new one who will need to go to the nursery. ::nervous::
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