Sunday, September 19, 2010

more cheerleading pics.... cause she sooo cute!!!

Hannah's 5th grade team is REALLY good.  I think they will probably go to the "superbowl" at the end of the season.  They are 4-0!!!  And they weren't close wins either... Usually 20 -30 point spread!

I was able to get Blitzen's jersey decorated... and it is soo cute.  So this was the first game where he was sporting his new and improved jersey....

Hannah had a rough game.  She continues to have those darn absence seizures... somedays... a lot.  She had one just as we were walking out the door to go to the game.  Wet everywhere.  Had to go change; thankfully, we have double of everything, except the shirt....  She was pretty out of it for the whole game.  I felt bad.  Most people don't understand why she was acting that way.

is that not adorable???

Sunday, September 5, 2010

FIRST in her class!!

Hannah's rabbit, Sadie, won first in her class!!!  Wow.  Was she ever excited!  They went back in for overall champion of breed.  She ALMOST won reserve champion.  It was so close.  The judge went back and forth, with what seemed like forever... In the end, he went with the other rabbit.  I was so proud of her, once again...

she looks so cute looking at the judge, hoping he picks her!!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Fair time...

4-H.... Hannah's first year.  She took a cooking project and her bunny...  The cooking project was "quick snacks" and she was judged in July.  She made a berry smoothie for the judge.  Honestly, we were just hoping for an "A."  There is SOOO much more to these books than when I was in 4-H.  Much to our surprise, she not only got an "A," but she got an honerable mention ribbon!!!!  WOW!  I am so proud of her. 
So, Sadie, the bunny, went to fair on Tuesday... another new experience for us all...  Hannah had her showmanship judging on Wednesday night.  She was very nervous.  She had a huge class and not all of them were first timers.... In the end, she didn't place, but I could not have asked for more.... I was one proud mama!!!  Her rabbit handled so nicely.

The regular rabbit show is tomorrow.  Hopefully Sadie will show well.  Hannah really wants a ribbon!!!

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....