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!!



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....

Jennifer Tenney said...

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.
Mom to Dakota



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