Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Moving right along!!!

Wow. We have had a fantastic start to this fundraising event! It is so humbling to know how generous and giving people are. Many people are selling coupons for the photo shoot as well as collecting donations.

We are also making and selling dog biscuits (to go along with the dog theme!!). A HUGE thank you to Tonya for kicking this off for us. You are awesome. Hopefully many doggies received good treats tonight!! We will have these for sale at the photo shoots, July 18-20.

Thank you to everyone who has been so generous in giving their time to help us. We appreciate more than you will ever know!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Fundraiser scheduled July 18-20

We have decided on the fundraiser for Hannah!! Antiquities is a photography fundraising group that will take old fashioned, "antique" looking photographs of children. The pictures will be sepia tone with a splash of color. We will sell coupons for $10 that can be redeemed for a 10x13 photo. What a great deal! The money we receive is not based upon how much people spend on packages, but that they just show up for their photo session. The photo sessions will take place on July 18, 19 and 20th. The place is yet to be confirmed, but I will let you know as soon as possible. The props and clothes are provided by Antiquities. There are incentives for those who help sell coupons; by receiving free packages of pictures. If you are interested in helping to sell coupons, please let me know.

The photograph's are absolutely beautiful and really good quality. I look for this to be a very successful fundraiser for Hannah. If you would like to know more about Antiquities, I have provided a link on her blog site.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Let the Fund Raising Begin!

We have officially been accepted for a service dog placement! We are in the beginning stages of choosing fund raising events.. I will certainly keep everyone posted when these are determined. It is a wonderful feeling to finally have started this journey. I know this will be a life changing event for Hannah and our entire family. Let the FUN begin!!

Beautiful Hannah...

How this journey started....

Hannah was born prematurely at 34 weeks gestation. She was a relatively healthy preemie; initially having difficulty maintaining body temperature and needing to grow. She weighed 4 pounds 9 ounces at birth. When she was four months old she began to drool, non stop. We were told the first year she was "teething." At 18 months old, we really started searching for reasons of why her shirt was always soaking wet. We saw various specialists who always sent us to another specialist, saying "everything looks okay." She spent years in oral motor/feeding therapy to help her not to drool. It wasn't until she was four years old and in preschool that we started to get some answers. Her preschool teacher commented one day that she wasn't reponding when her name was called. I took this information to her pediatrician who then orderd an EEG, "just to rule it out." Much to our shock and amazement, the results showed, she was having seizures. That is the day our journey REALLY began. Once she began taking seizure medication the drooling almost stopped completely. (She will still drool to this day when she is having seizure activity). Since then, it has been a roller coaster; countless medications and medication changes. She has never really reponded well to any medication.

About two years after she was diagnosed with epilepsy, the doctors noticed that her blood pressure was running high. After many tests, she was diagnosed with hypertension. We still are not sure why, but her cardiologist feels her blood vessels are thicker than normal.

About this same time, we also began looking into why Hannah was such a horrible sleeper. She would thrash, talk, move every which way, during her sleep. The sleep studies revealed that she has alveolar hypoventilation sydrome, which means she has too much carbon dioxide in her system when she sleeps. To help this, she wears a BI-PAP at night. This has been monumental in giving her more effective and quality of sleep.

Every day is a challenge for Hannah and our family as a whole. Blitzen has been an absolutely wonderful addition. She calms herself sometimes just by petting and loving on him. He has been trained in behavior disruptions and will sometimes be able to stop a meltdown from getting out of control.
It has been extra hard on the whole family since daddy is deployed to Iraq. He has been gone since January 09 and will gone until Jan 2010. We get to talk with him by phone and on the web cam; which is nice, but not the same!! Blitzen has helped to make his absence go just a little smoother....