Monday, February 4, 2013

Miscellany Monday


miscellany monday at lowercase letters

1. Gavin is doing really well..we are so thankful! 

His throat is healing as it should
and he's been a trooper through the whole thing....
we are so proud of him. 
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2.  Since he still has his PICC line,
we are using it to give him IV fluids three times a week,
and it is helping him a lot.
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   He doesn't mind it at all, in fact, he asks for it because he recognizes that it makes him feel so good.

We hope to be able to remove other PICC line within the next week or two because baseball starts tomorrow...and he can't exactly play with a PICC line in his arm.

However, if we find that he needs it long term again {like I do}, we decided that we would put in a new port-a-cath.

3.  That is what I have and I love it.

When it isn't accessed, I can do practically anything I would do if I didn't have one because it is completely underneath my skin, in the tissue of my chest wall....see below?  You can't even tell where it is unless you look closely, you will see a little dot on your left...that's where it is always poked.

{please ignore the raccoon eyes that were produced with a new iPad editing program I tried!}
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When I do need it, I access the port with a needle by poking through a thin layer of skin.  It doesn't even hurt to access it, or to have it in {most of the time!}.
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I use it for as long as I need it (usually two nights a week), then I just pull the needle out when I am finished with it and go back to life as usual.

It's ideal for swimmers and beach-goers such as ourselves...

Well, really it's ideal for anyone who doesn't want to
A. Always be poked
or
B. Have a central line hanging out of your body 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

While we hope Gavin won't need another port-a-cath
{he had his first one when he was 2 and it got infected and was removed}


we know that as he gets older, it will get easier for us to put one in and use it successfully.

So at least we know, there's a way if there's a need. 

That is always a blessing.
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4.  Speaking of beach,
I have a ton of sunset photography art
{that I took at my local beaches}
on sale in the photography section of my Etsy Shop
I just sold my first one yesterday!  ;)

I sell the high resolution .jpg file and it can print clearly at any size, even as a poster.  Since you get the file emailed to you, you get it within a day or two of your purchase, and you can print as many as you want at any size, forever! 

It's only $15. :)

Here are some of my favorites:
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5.  Gavin starts baseball practice tomorrow
with our local Little League!
{This is last year...Gavin is last with my husband behind him, and his best friend is infront of him :)}

He is so excited.

Of course, it will be modified for him until, he is healed from surgery and his PICC is removed, but nevertheless, we are all looking forward to it.

He is on the team with his 4 best buddies, and my husband is coaching with Gavin's best friend's dad....pretty cool, eh?! :)



Here's hoping to a great season!

3 comments:

Zachary Botelho said...

WOW! I am so thankful =)so happy for Gavin that he's recovering and is finally home. I hope everything turns out okay looking forward to seeing more pics and updates =) congrats!

Zachary Botelho said...

WOW! So happy everything is going good and running properly. Tell Gavin I said congrats on his successful surgery, recovery, and baseball season starting again! I love the pictures and the updates they really are fascinating and fun to read. I hope everything goes okay with the PICC line and what-not.
P.S: How's chelsea doing? I would enjoy seeing some pics of her and Gavin, they have such a good relationship compared to other brothers & sisters!
Cya guys soon!

Katie @ minivan diva said...

Wow, you and your little guy are troopers. Enjoy the baseball season. We are starting in a few weeks.