Thursday, October 17, 2013

My Rachel

Today we were waiting for Rachel's Tahitian dance class to start and this lady came up to us.  First, she started chatting about the girls' blue eyes.  Rachel quickly said to the lady, "I like your necklace."  It was a beautiful cross necklace.  The lady turns to me and says, "You're raising your girls right. You really are doing a good job."  I thought how nice and said, "Thank you.  You must have talked to Rachel before."  She said that she had and that Rachel has always said very nice, sweet things to her.  I'm not writing this post to brag about Rachel but I wish I had a dime for every time someone went out of there way to tell me what a special, sweet, thoughtful, outspoken, kind, caring girl she is.  I really feel that God has a special plan for her.  Every time she meets someone new, she treats them like they are already a friend or family.  She is always trying to do kind things for others in need.  Currently she's been helping me come up with ideas for fun things to get for the kids in the pediatric ward at Tripler, she's helps me pick out food to take to the food pantry at church, with much thought tries to pick out the perfect stuff to go in the Operation Christmas Child boxes because she knows that small filled shoebox will probably be the only gift that child gets for Christmas, and she even puts her own money in the donation boxes at the grocery stores check out lanes. Rachel prays for everybody she knows (especially if they are going through something) and many times doesn't even pray for herself.  You would never know she's fighting her own battle against CF.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

About Baby Amelia

Napping on the beach.

I wasn't really going to post about this.  My original thought was, "It's no body's business."  Then I thought, "Well, people that follow this blog may be curious and just interested to know."

After Amelia was born, we had blood work done to check for CF.  The hospital does the newborn screening but since there is CF in the family, I requested the blood work.  I wanted to know even if she's was a carrier.

So, after a couple weeks or so, we got the results from both.  Amelia does not have CF but she is a carrier.

I think it good news that she doesn't have CF, but I would love her just the same if she did.

My Sweets

Friday, June 21, 2013

Outrun CF Summer 2013

The Outrun CF virtual run was supposed to be June 1.  Rachel and I got our shirts on time but for some reason Russ' came late.  Go figure.  We did our Outrun CF on Saturday June 8.  I had forgot to mention it in my "Catch Up" post.  It was a low key run this time.  I didn't plan any super exciting route like I had could read about those here.  We did a round trip of 4 miles.  Russ and I on foot with Amelia in the jogger stroller and Rachel with her scooter.  Even though it was through our neighborhood, Rachel was more than thrilled with the turn around spot!

Keep Calm and Outrun CF

Rach "scootering"
close to a mile in

the turn around spot......
frozen yogurt store

so ono!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

I "Heart" Chest Therapy

Aah.  The soothing sound of chest therapy!

The first time Rachel did chest therapy with Amelia home......Amelia was out like a light!  It works just about every time.  I was not really surprised that the chest therapy machine made her fall asleep.  It was the volume blasting on the tv that I thought would bother her.  I suppose Amelia was used to hearing the chaos for 9 months.  So, now, if Amelia is fussy and it's close to chest therapy time, I ask Rachel to go ahead and do chest therapy to  help Amelia fall asleep.  Rachel is more than happy to help (my sweet girl).  We have a win, win, win here.  Rachel gets chest therapy done (kicks CF butt), Rachel helps baby sis and Mom, and baby sis falls asleep.  That's why I "Heart" Chest Therapy!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

The Catch Up Post!

Things have been crazy around here since Amelia was born.  There have been several doctor's appointments between Amelia, Rachel, and me.  There was Russ' change of command, Tripler's CF Education Day (which was wonderful), Great Strides, Mauli Ola Surf Day, and then my mom visited for a week.  It's looking like our summer should be quiet.  I'm looking forward to beach time.....and I know Rachel is too.  So, because baby could wake up at any minute, I'm going to show you what we've been up to.

Rach posing with the Hershey kiss
roses from CF Ed. Day

Rach surfing with Duke

my sweet babies out on the couch

Mom's here....finally she meets Amelia

Rachel took Granny snorkeling 

I managed to have a little fun throwing the
frisbee with Rach

we saw a "real live" mermaid at the
aquarium restaurant 

Rachel thoroughly enjoying the cake at
AWANA Mystery Night
(kids get to go to Mystery Night if they finish their book.....
Rach finished her book & did the review of 2 books.....
she earned 3 awards this year!

just us girls

she just couldn't resist!  

Rach feeding little sis while Granny plays with a dolphin
Sea Life Park

Mom with dolphin named Maui

Amelia wasting no time getting into beach mode

Mom and Rach

Little Miss Sunshine Rach!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Welcome Baby Amelia!

Baby Amelia has arrived.  She was born Saturday, April 27th (she's now 3 weeks old).  She's a real sweetie, just like her big sis. Rachel adores Amelia and keeps saying, "I can't believe I have a baby sister!"  Rachel is constantly giving Amelia kisses on her head and toes.  I thought I'd share a few pictures in this welcome post.  

Shaka and smiling...
obviously after the epidural!

Rach holding Amelia.
Amelia is wearing the dress Rachel came home in.

Flowers Rachel gave me
while in the hospital.

Baby Amelia at home.
9 days old.

Rach and Amelia
chillin' in their pjs.

The proud big sis.

Baby Amelia
10 days old

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Rachel's First Hospital Admission

   After Rachel's February clinic visit, the doctor called to tell me that she had cultured a bacteria.  We treated with an oral antibiotic and went in for a follow-up throat culture.  The next throat culture grew the same bacteria plus another.  So, to make a long story/phone conversation short, was decided that for Rachel's best interest she would be admitted for iv antibiotics.  I was a mess.  She had managed to make it 7 years without having to ....go there.  It was kinda funny that most of the Pediatric Ward staff thought we were new to the island because they've never seen us.
   We get to Tripler around 10am on March 19.  We had an awful start to our first experience with this admission.  The computer system went down and the admissions staff acted like they wanted us to leave because they couldn't get their computer to work.  I told them that we weren't going anywhere, the Pediatric Ward was expecting us, and for them to get out the pen and paper & do it the old fashioned way.  The person that was supposed to be working our admission didn't care for that, but you know's her job whether her computer is working or not!  You don't turn patients away.
  After the first day of  Tripler's computer chaos, things went pretty smoothly with the Pediatric Ward care Rachel received.  I had issues with other departments within the hospital.  I won't bore you with those details; Tripler has received my 6 page write-up on that.  Tripler probably has a photo of me that they throw darts at!  hehe.  
   I wanted to share some pictures of Rachel and her stay.  I wanted to share how she passed the time and tried to make the stay fun.  Rachel was able to have friends visit and she got several passes to leave the hospital.  She absolutely LOVED talking to her friends on "her" room phone.

Talking on "her" phone.

Painting while getting iv's.

Child life took Rach to a "secret" garden.
Rach being artsy with sidewalk chalk.

A window marker drawing of a rattle snake
eating a hotdog.
Who knew?

Music therapy came by.
Rachel had to use her feet too!

Chest theapy, watching a dvd, and about to
open 3 new toys that child life gave her.

Rach with the iv pole....well,... being
silly Rach.

Doing nails with child life.

Shhh.....nobody knows about this...
Rachel figured out how to turn her bed
into a slide.  

Sliding down.

Down and ready to go again.

I believe it was Tripler's nursing department that put on
an Eggstravaganza the day before Easter.
Rachel got to go and have fun there.
Here she's doing the bunny hop with her dad.

I'm with Rach at the water balloon toss.
It was about the only thing I could do.....
hopping, running, and jumping is out for me.

Rach wasting no time making the
cotton candy disappear.

At the Easter egg hunt.

She found a prize egg!

On Easter morning.....the Easter bunny
found her at Tripler.

One of the many picc line covers
we decorated.  We just couldn't have
plain white. 

Rach flying a butterfly kite. 
   I'm praying for another 7 plus years of no hospital stays.  It was "ok" for a hospital stay
 but it sure wasn't home.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Rachel's 7th Birthday

It's been....forever....since my last post.  Things have been crazy and I've been exhausted.  Let's go back to February....Rachel turned 7!  Yay!  Happy Birthday Rachel!  All she wanted for her birthday was to have breakfast in bed, go to Germaine's Luau and have her friends over to the house to play & eat cake/ice cream.   So, that's what we did.  A week before her birthday she had a clinic appointment and the the CF care team surprised her with happy birthday decorated room and a chocolate birthday cake.  

Thinking about her wish.
This is the cake from clinic.

Breakfast in bed.

Balloons and flowers from us.

Miss Rach doing the hula at Germaine's Luau.
Happy Birthday Sweet Girl!