Wednesday, April 29, 2009


So I have been meaning to post for awhile but obviously that has never happened. Everything here has been going pretty well up until the last couple of days. We have been busy removing the HUGE pine trees on the side of our house. I am sure that many of you that drive by our house have noticed that they are missing. We figured that we had better do it before mother nature did it for us. This way we got to pick were the trees landed. We found a wonderful tree guy to help us get the job done. He was so kind and helpful. I would recommend him strongly to any of you needing tree removal. Call me and I will get you the info. He did a wonderful Job.

Today I went and spoke at an Organ Donation class up at McKayDee Hospital for 'Donate Life month'. I was able to share Kaidence's story and many of the feelings that we have towards our donor family. I am always hoping that somehow we can make a difference in the lives of those needing transplants. After the class today a women came up to me and told me that she had just made all the arrangements needed to donate her body to science after she passes away. She said that after today, she is now going home to undo these arrangements and become and Organ Donor instead. She said that she never realized the desperate need for Organ Donation.

Now to little Miss K. She is a tricky little thing you know. She spiked a fever Sunday morning of 102.8 and threw up. I gave her some Tylenol an she was fine the rest of the day. She then spent The remainder of Sunday, Monday and Tuesday Morning as happy and healthy as could be. Then suddenly (seriously within 10-15 minutes) she went lethargic and spiked another temp of about 103 degrees. So I bagged her myself so that I could send in a urine sample assuming that we had another UTI. She saw the doctor and we decided to wait and see what the sample showed. The fever continued today so after speaking in Ogden her Pediatrician decided to have a chest x-ray and blood labs (Blood cultures included, of course). Did I tell you that I have the most amazing pediatrician who spent her day off arranging everything for me today? Anyhow, Kaidence's chest x-ray showed that she has bacterial Pneumonia......BUMMER! I also called and gave the blood test results to cardiology and they were not happy at all about her white count and HIGH CRP (body's inflammatory response to infection). They said the numbers are much too high for her. After seeing the numbers they will most likely be admitting her to the hospital. They wanted to do it tonight but I am hoping that we can hold her out until tomorrow so that we don't have to go through the ER. Tonight 45 minutes after getting Tylenol (Kaidence can't have Ibuprofen) her temp reached 103.8 degrees within about 5 minute time frame. We have given many sponge baths tonight and it seems that it is lowering and she is now sleeping comfortably. Cardiology is meeting tomorrow morning to see if they will be admitting her tomorrow. They said that they are worried because Kaidence is good at pretending to be doing OK and then she suddenly crashes very quickly. Yep, they know Kaidence well by now. If her fever gets above 102 again tonight we will have to bring her in.

Other than that Kaidence has been doing GREAT! She is so much fun and getting very independent (or so she thinks). Oh and she also does stairs now and has a new found love of candy.

McCaden is playing machine pitch baseball and seems to really like it. He was hit into home base the other night and so excited. Mcaden is a sweetheart. The other day he took his very own money to school to put toward his lunch money account. He came home and asked me to look at his account and see if I noticed anything different. He had paid $5.00. He said "I just wanted to help out you and dad a little". What a good boy!

Camden still continues to be my sweet cuddle bug (most of the time). Today as I was getting ready to go and give my talk he took the dress that I had layed out to wear and he hid it so that I couldn't find it. He said that he doesn't like that dress. Oh well, can't please everyone I suppose.

Stay tuned, I am sure there will be more to come!


Becky Wertz said...

Good luck. We will keep you in our prayers as always. We just got done with Pneumonia over here with Sydney. Let us know if you need anything

Andrea said...

You poor thing! And poor Kaidence! We will be praying for you and for Kaidence.

Take care,
Andrea (Leib) Riddle :)

Em said...

I am sorry about the pneumonia! It is horrible and nasty (Mike had it the week we picked up little C!) but that is really scary for Kaidence to have it! Let me know if you go to the "mansion on the hill" and we would love to meet you and take you to the gourmet Rainbow cafe!
All our prayers,

Abby said...

Yikes. Poor kid! Keep us updated. I hope she gets back to her old self soon.

Stephanie Ellinger said...

Oh I'm so sorry guys! We went through that in February and we had to go through the ER to be admitted for the 6 days we were there.

We'll keep you guys in our prayers!

Allison said...

Yikes! I sure hope she is feeling better. You are so sweet to offer to come and sit with me and Grant. I sure hope we go home one day, but in reality, we will probably be here a long while! If by chance Kaidence does need to come up to PCMC be sure to let us know! We would love to meet you guys!

Alli Hicken (mom to Grant)

Anonymous said...

Just Need you too know I'm thinking of you ALL the time and wondering about little Mrs. K all the time too:) I hope everything turns out to be alright.
Love, Jackie Powell

Jess said...

Kaidence we are praying for you! Get better soon.
The Brimleys

Family Scads said...

Darn it...just when you were setting a record for being out of the hospital. Beckham is at a huge risk for bacteria pneumonia ight now, and he is taking Bactrum to prevent it. What do they think caused the pneumonia? Oh, another question - does Kaidence have a waiting period when she cannot eat after and before her Prograf? Beck has to be NPO 1 hour before and a half hour after it. Just curious.

Lots of prayers!