Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Answered Prayers

William's EEG showed no abnormal activity. We are thrilled!!

At this point we honestly don't have a 100% positive answer to explain what happened, BUT we do have labs, a catscan, and an EEG that show we have a healthy baby boy.

Dr Deitline, Dustin, and I are choosing to believe that William experienced "nursemaid elbow". If it ever happens again, we now know what we are supposed to do to pop it back in place and ease the pain.

Thank you for all your prayers, Facebook messages, texts, and emails. They have meant the world to us this week.

It's been such a long couple of days around our house. No one wanted an answer more than me and waiting for these results have been emotionally exhausting.

Now I can finally focus on Will's 1st birthday on Saturday! I finally found some time to order his cake today, but that's about all the plans I have right now, but I'm refusing to stress about it.

I've been reminded today that in life we have to put everything in perspective and realize what is truly important in life.

William Michael Tucker is one of the greatest blessings we have ever received. I praise God for answering our prayers!


Friday, April 20, 2012

Here We Go!

They are prepping Will for the EEG now. We aren't allowed in the room with him, but so far all the nurses have been great with him. They showed us everything they will do and assured us that this test is painless. The test should take close to 45 mins to an hour.

Unfortunately we will not have the results today like we thought. We should have results no later then next Friday though.

And in William fashion, he still hasn't met a stranger. The nurses are all impressed with his size, strength, and charm.

Thank you all so much for the prayers. They are working!! Dustin and I really have a peace about the situation, and I know it's because of all the prayers.

(BTW: Will really enjoyed his wagon ride while we were waiting to check in! I'll post pictures of him soon.)

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Calling All Prayer Warriors

About 30 minutes after I laid William down to sleep last night, I heard the most awful sound come out of the monitor.  I jumped up and ran to Will's room.  Will was laying on his stomach with his legs stretched out trying to raise his head.  It appeared that he couldn't move at all.  He was screaming like I've never heard him before.  When I reached down to pick him up, I realized that  he was totally stiff.  I struggled trying to pick him up and to get him turned around in my arms.  When I finally got him turned around, his back was completely arched, his head was turned to side and he was holding his arm in weird twisted back way.  He was screaming and stiff as a rock.

I yelled for Dustin, and he came running.  He grabbed William from me and was trying to soothe Will, but nothing was working.  When Dustin was holding him, I kept saying, "His arm...His arm...Something is wrong with his arm!"

After several minutes of us both feeling completely helpless, Will finally stopped screaming.  He then became like a zombie.  He was in a blank stare.  Dustin tried to rock him as I was just watching in totally fear of what we had just witnessed.  After a minute or two of rocking Will he started screaming again and moving around really weird, stiffening up, and again holding his arm out to side all weird.

Off to the ER we went.  On the ride to the ER Will was in a daze.  He wouldn't focus on me or act anything like his normal self.

At GRMC they ran a catscan, labs, and made a chest xray.  Everything was clear. PRAISE THE LORD!

We followed up with our doctor today at Pediatrics East.  She spent a great deal of time with us and William. She listened to everything, asked questions, and really encouraged us to think about all the details of the "episode".  

Our doctor explained that most of the symptoms Will experienced are common for certain types of seizures.  However the fact the Will was screaming during the episode is very uncommon.  She said that most children will gurgle or make random noises, but screaming is not normal.  She also thought it was very odd the labs and catscan were all clear.  (It's a great sign that they were clear, but she explained that normally someone that has seizures will have abnormal labs or the catscan will show something on the brain.)  She also explained that because of our genetic history (my father, Will's pawpaw,  has a certain type of seizures) seizures could be something that William will experience.

William is scheduled to have an EEG at Children's Hospital tomorrow at 1:00.  Through this test we will be able to determine if what Will experienced was a seizure or something else.

We are praying that it is "something else".  The doctor explained that Will may have experienced "Nursemaid's Elbow" (subluxation of radial head).  From what we understand this is when a ligament in the arm (elbow or forearm) is out of place.  It's very painful.  However children grow out of this after the age of 4.

The doctor explained that Will may have dislocated it in his sleep when he was moving around or something.  She said the pain would have easily caused him to scream and stiffen up.

Just please pray....

We know that GOD IS IN CONTROL!  

Thursday, April 5, 2012

A Visit To Noccalula Falls

On Wednesday of Spring Break, Dustin and I wanted to take William to do something special.  It was absolutely beautiful weather so we decided to take William for a picnic up at the falls.  I brought along a couple of leftover hamburger buns and hotdog buns so that we could feed the ducks as well.  I was super excited about our adventure as a little family!

When we arrived at the falls we decided to actually enter the park grounds instead of just going over to the campground side.  We put William in the stroller and loaded up our picnic too.  We paid the small admission price and took off on our walk to find the perfect picnic spot!

Dustin and I (and Will) were in for a shock!  Neither of us realized that Noccalula Falls had a small zoo inside the grounds!  We had the best time!

Here are a few pictures from our Spring Break trip to the Falls:

This donkey was just chilling by the trash.  He wasn't tied up.
I never saw him move.  

William's favorite animal!  The Ostrich!

He kept laughing at the ostrich and pointing at it! It was adorable!

I was amazed at how big its foot was!

Another view of the donkey just chilling...

Admiring the donkey from afar =)  

Showing William how to feed the pretty deer =) 

Instead of feeding the deer, he decided to eat the bread for himself!

Get it boy!

This totally cracked us up.


Loving on my baby! Mommy actually made it into a picture!

The look on Will's face just makes this picture.  He adores his daddy!