Kayla Mae Olmstead

Kayla was born with Left-sided Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (LCDH). When she was born she was in the NICU for a total of 55 days. She reherniated two years later, had her repair surgery in May 2011 and spent 11 days in hospital recovering. She is a tough little girl and we are truly blessed to have her here.

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Developmentally Perfect and a Cold

Yesterday was K's developmental check-up!  We traveled down to Syracuse (2.5 hours) to a very quick appt.  K did everything they wanted her to do and we were told to not come back.  She is a developmentally perfect! :)

She slept the entire car ride, there and back.  She would wake up for a few minutes, realize she was still in the car seat, and then go back to sleep.  At one point, I looked in the rear view mirror and she was awake, and the face she was making- was that of a very angry/annoyed little girl.  She wanted out! haha

On the other note, we were stuck in a stuffy car yesterday, all day, and I was infected with a cold- but did not know this!!!! I woke up this a.m. with a sore throat and a stuffy nose... :( I'm very nervous that K will def get this as my contagious time was stuck in a car with her, no fresh air!  So I'm very nervous that she will be sick soon and I'm not quite sure what to do.  I have read some of your blogs about your baby having a cold- and that they won't eat/sleep... the eating thing- will frustrate the crap out of me.. but how do I get food into her?  Do I take her to the hospital as soon as she shows one itty bitty symptom?  Is there any med I can give her to help her breathe/clear up the nose?  I know I know- you are all thinking- she isn't sick yet Kate!! But I'm want to be prepared for the worst-

I can't even believe I'm sick tho- yes I am back at work, but I take prenatal vitamin as they are very good for you, and airborne twice a week, and at work, I wash my hands constantly- and if a kid touches me I hand sanitize.. if I have to tie their shoe, hold their pencil, hold their hand, I wash!!! I take two showers a day, one for the day, and two for after work!  She doesn't touch the clothes I wear to work as after my shower, I put clean ones on- I just don't know what else I can do to stay healthy- and here I am with a stinkin crappy cold!!! ARG!!

OOOOOOOOOOOH and my CDH doctor in Syracuse- she recommended that I get the H1N1 shot and that will be best for K as she isn't too sure that they'll even give the H1N1 to under a 1 year old.  But she said if I get it- then K would be protected from it. And I would rather me be the test subject than her!! :) And she said I was one of the "high priority" people as I work in the school system! So yay- there goes my dilemma.

Anyway- if you have any tips on how to care for K if she gets my cold, please share.  Please, oh please!!

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3 comments:

Liz and Shane said...

I am so glad Kayla Mae's appt. went well.
I am so sorry you are sick. How frustrating. I am scared I will be sick as soon as I go back to work. I hope you feel better and Kayla stays healthy and doesnt catch it.

Jaime's World said...

OK, so I'll admit it, I'm jealous that Kayla's developmentally perfect and Jaime's not! :-( Alright, alright, I'll get over it, Jaime was a preemie! :-)

As for the cold thing...we are currently going through this. Jared is sick, he's given it to Jaime...though, by the grace of God, Jaime is not that bad. I did take them BOTH to the drs. yesterday and our dr. said we did the right thing. Taken Jaime when he wasn't "bad" meant that they had a baseline for him and if he got worse, of the PICU he goes. So, in short, I think I would take her if she's ill...especially with a fever...of any degrees. Good luck...Purell and Clorox are my best friends this weekend!
Take care....
Sheryl

Jennifer Tenney said...

Kate-
Do you still feed Kayla breast milk or breast feed? If so, it is very hard for Kayla to get sick from you. If not, try not to worry-I think these babies are stronger than we think. I should talk-because I am terrified of Dakota getting sick as well, however, following all these blogs-it seems like most cdh babies handle them like champs. I have read that if it does get bad-breathing treatments are available which seem to really help.
Love,
Jennifer
Mom to Dakota

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