Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Mommy's Trip to the Hospital

Last night as we were finishing up dinner, I started having floaters and other vision issues. I took some Tylenol thinking a headache was coming. A few minutes later, Kyle was trying to talk to me and I couldn't get the words out of my mouth to respond and my vision was pretty much gone.

After a few minutes, my peripheral vision started to return and I could get enough words out to let Brent know I needed to go to the ER.

Luckily, my mom was at our house for dinner and to hang out with Brent went to a board meeting. Brent stayed home with the kids and my mom took me to the ER in Ionia.

Once we got to the ER, a nurse took me back to triage shortly after we got there. I was able to speak normal again and my vision was good when I was talking to her. I had an EKG done and then was sent back to the waiting room until their was a room available.

Once back in the waiting room, I started having issues with my speech and vision again, but my vision never got as bad as it had originally.

When they finally got me back to a room, things started to happen kind of quickly. The nurse started an IV and drew some blood and the doctor was in. Their guess was that I was having some sort of weird migraine, but because I was still having lots of trouble speaking and my blood pressure was very high, they ordered a stroke work up and were treating me as if I was having a stroke.

Techs came and got my quickly to do a CT and chest x-ray. They got a urine sample and did a finger prick to test my sugar.

Then we waited for results. And I was still having a hard time getting my words out for the most part.

Finally, all of the results came back negative, but because I was still having delayed speech at this point, the neurologist thought it was best they continued to monitor me for a stroke until I could have imaging done with contrast. They called an ambulance and transferred me to the main hospital in Lansing.

When I got to Lansing and to my room, I got frustrated as I had to try to explain what was going on because I was still having a really hard time getting my words out.

The resident came and spend a bunch of time checking me all over and talking to me. His gut feeling was the same as everyone else that I was having a really bad migraine, but he really wanted to order a CT and MRI with contrast to rule out a stroke for sure. He also order magnesium for my IV to "help the migraine go away."

At this point, I still didn't have any head pain, just a bit of pressure behind my eyes... and the speech delay.

About 1:00 am I had my CT after an adventure that included getting lost with the nurses in the radiology department.

Around 2:00 am, I was finally settled back into my room and my magnesium had finished. A little while later, I could FINALLY speak normal again!! And I got to sleep in short bit. The nurses had to check my vitals every hour!

I slept on and off until 6:00 or so when they started to get my ready to go to MRI. Around this time, my head started to hurt...

After my MRI I hung out in my room until my mom got here... and then a short while later Brent and the kids got here.

Around lunch time the doctors came in for rounds and said all the test came back normal... meaning NO STROKE!

The official diagnosis is a complex atypical migraine with aura. They explained that these type of migraines not only cause stroke like symptoms, but they also can cause strokes and I am at risk for having a stroke now. Their recommendations to to take magnesium daily and to follow up with a neurologist specialized in headaches.

They also explained that if I started to have vision issues that aren't going away or start to having any issues speaking again, that I need to head to the ER quickly for the determination to be made if I am having a stroke or just another migraine.

Apparently all the concussion I had in high school are a contributing factor...  so be careful and don't get hit in the head!!!

It's now almost dinner time and sounded like the nurse would have my discharge papers soon. I'm exhausted and have a little bit of a headache, but am so thankful that I can SEE and TALK without issue!! And so very thankful to go home and cuddle my kiddos!!

Daddy Broke Kyle's Jaw

In the end of February, Kyle ran into Brent's hip with his mouth. There was blood... and more blood...and more blood...and more blood. And Kyle's tooth was laying flat. We pushed his tooth back to "normal" but it still bothered him and any time his bonked his face, his tooth moved around.

A few days later we went to the dentist. They took some xrays and determined that his tooth itself was okay, but the little groovy thing in his jaw that helps hold his tooth in place was broken. They were hoping it would heal on it's own.

A few days later we went back to the dentist because it wasn't getting any better. They ended up "splinting" the tooth by bonding it to the teeth on either side in hopes that holding the tooth still would help heal everything and that we could save the tooth.

After a couple weeks, it was determined that the splint wasn't working and the tooth needed to come out... which meant Kyle had to go see the oral surgeon.

On Monday we finally got in to see the oral surgeon. Kyle was very excited all the way there that he was finally going to get his tooth out. Then when we got there, he started to get a little anxious about it. He was pretty cute. But once they gave him some laughing gas, he calmed right down... and the tooth came out with issue.

Now he loves showing off his hole! And has a cute lisp when he talks!!

Friday, April 8, 2016

15 months old and a well visit

Peyton was 15 months old yesterday....but I nene got around to writing a post or taking pictures because I was pretty sick.

Speaking of sick....Peyton is sick too. He has an upper respiratory infection and a double ear infection. We went to redicare on Tuesday and they put in on antibiotics, but because his ears are still red, his regular doctor is changing the antibiotic to something strong. And because this is the second ear infection in a month, we are going back to have his ears checked in three weeks and if there are any more infections in the near future, we'll be referred to the ent to talk about tubes.

Peyton is growing up so fast....but only slowly growing. He weighed in at 20lbs even and measured 30 inches long today. Both right about the 12th percentile. Even though he's low on try charts, he's big for a Eubank kid!

Peyton is learning so much. He doesn't really say much yet, but is good at pointing and shreeking to let us know what he wants. He's pretty good at following directions and following what the other kids are doing.

It seemed like for a long time we struggled to get Peyton to eat, but we are past those days. Peyton loves food. The only time we really struggle to get him to eat now is when he can't have what everyone else is eating or something close to it.

Peyton loves to play with whatever toys everyone else is....and TV remotes. He used to love the remote control cars, but recently they have terrified him. But he still loves regular toy cars, and books, and stuffed animals, and play food....and whatever his siblings are playing with that they don't want to share with him.

Peyton has turned into a little monkey. He loves to climb on everything and anything he can....including the kitchen table!

Peyton is still nursing on demand during the day, but typically nurses when he wakes up, before nap time, after nap time, and before bed. Sometimes he sleeps all night long....Sometimes he still wakes up and wants to nurse in the middle of the night.

We are still having issues with Peyton not being terrified of people. He's slowly starting to get better, but he still likes to cling to mommy or daddy if there are other people around.

I'll try to take some pictures later, but no promises! Life is kind of crazy with four kiddos to keep up with!