Monday, April 30, 2012

Great Strides

We are making "Great Strides" towards discovering more helpful tools, medication, and treatments for Cystic Fibrosis. Great Strides, the annual walk that benefits research for CF, is coming up in May. 

In the past year a new drug has been approved that treats the underlying causes of CF--not just the symptoms! It is for CF patients with a specific gene mutation, different from the two gene mutations Quinn has, but work is being done to find additional drugs that would have a similar impact on Quinn's gene mutation. This is a big deal.

What we are saying is that RESEARCH WORKS and, yes, I am shouting :)

If you have some spare change...$5 to $50,000,000*...would you consider donating to Quinn's Great Strides fundraising campaign and get a little Quinn update too?  

(*if you have $50,000,000 would you call me directly because I have some ideas for you!)

And I'll leave you with a little Quinn story from two weeks ago.

Quinn was playing in a very cool blanket fort. I called everyone to come to the table to eat and we had a good time at dinner. After dinner Quinn headed back to the fort and a few minutes later he appeared holding his tube. His feeding tube. He decided it must have come out before dinner because he found it on the floor of his fort! The balloon had popped and it just came right out. Thankfully, we did not panic! Whew!

We began trying to insert a new tube. Without success. And then, we felt panicky. I called and talked to our on-call CF doctor at OHSU. After a little consultation we headed up to the ER at OHSU. After a G-tube comes out a new one should go back in within four hours at the most. The hole begins to change. We had covered the hole with saran wrap and some Avengers band-aids--because that makes everything better. After the initial attempts to get the tube in failed and we had our panic moment, we made a Plan B and away we went.

You have to understand that Quinn HATES having his tube changed. It raises his anxiety level, tears, and fear factor about 100%. While there were tears as we tried to get the tube in at home, he really held his composure. Up in the ER the staff was awesome and we are a pretty hands on family so being in the ER doesn't freak us out like it used to. And we are willing to say what we need and advocate for Quinn. The staff did a great job trying various ways to get the tube reinserted. Again, Quinn was talking to nurses and volunteers, chatting with the doctor, and impressing everyone with his wise and funny stories. Finally, a doctor massaged the tube back in! And Quinn was such a trooper. 

I had to think again...this is my six year old. Really? So composed. A few moments where the tears were almost coming and Quinn would just say, "That hurts." And then the staff would stop and Quinn would take a deep breath and then say something funny. And try to pop some bubbles. 

Wow. What a kid!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Spring Breaks and Birthdays

Last week was Spring Break and we had been looking forward to having some adventures. Our adventures were a little more homebound because there were waves of sickness passing through our home. In fact, our only days of good health were on the days we were having birthday celebrations for Quinn! 

Over the weekend leading into Spring Break Sela had been sick--fever, a head cold, and lots of snuggling. She was better so my mom stayed with Sela and Quinn Sunday night and Ryan and I were able to go to a concert...cousin Tyrone in Portland. It was an awesome concert. We were able to spend some time with Ryan's brother and sister-in-law and my sister and brother-in-law.

Monday was low-key, Ryan was home, and we were excited for Quinn's Batman birthday celebration. Tuesday Ryan headed to work and I knew I was taking a ride on the sick train. And then I knew that Spring Break adventures were going to revolve around movies. Ryan stayed home Wednesday and Thursday sick. He had Friday off too...but he was sick. Unbelievably Quinn has been the healthiest person in the family. We are thrilled with that fact!

Favorite Movies of the Week:

And for the parents:

During the week it was great to have a visit from Aunt Danae and Grandma Dougherty. They brought special gifts from the Dougherty family which Quinn has loved playing with--especially with mom and dad being sick!

Sela wanted to pose with a "gift" like Quinn.

  Quinn loved modeling his new super hero gear. Beware villains!

Sunday, March 31st...Quinn's 6th birthday! 

 We were all well enough to head out to see The Lorax. The movie theme continued.

 A birthday treat and Sela's first theater movie.

Our adventure continued with lunch at Chipotle and then Quinn got to pick out his family birthday present at the Lego shop. He was pretty excited and used some birthday money and gift money to pick out...

Batwing Battle over Gotham City! Sounds ominous doesn't it?

A happy birthday to Quinn...
and a movie-filled, germ-filled Spring Break for us.