Just a Cold

I know you’ve heard it a million times. I know you’re probably tired of hearing it; the many moms pleading with you to stay home when you’re sick. But believe it or not this very simple concept seems to fall on deaf ears over and over again. For some reason people are not understanding why they need to stay home for a measly cold. They continue to claim they’re “fine.” Their child with the runny nose and slight cough, is “fine.” It’s “nothing.” It’s “just a cold.” Well I’m here to tell you it’s NEVER just a cold. A...

Always Worth It

If you follow me on Instagram then you know I spent last week in Maine for a little fall family getaway! We had this trip planned for months, and almost cancelled it countless times because so many things have been popping up, but ultimately decided we deserved some time away together. While we were away I decided I wanted to share a blog post about the importance of making memories when you have a medically complex child, but as our trip ended with a tough day and then a TON of traffic leading to a huge seizure filled meltdown...

So Long Sweet Summer – An Update on Maddie Claire

Fall officially starts next week, and for a girl who has always been all about summer, I’m strangely really looking forward to some cooler temps and a slower pace around here. Once cold and flu season is upon us, I typically schedule less appointments for Madison and don’t take her out quite as much since she’s so high risk. This summer has been pretty overwhelming, sometimes in a good way, sometimes not. But I’ve realized I haven’t shared a real update on Miss M in a while since we’ve been so busy! And what better way than to do...

Hospital Hell

It’s hard to believe an entire week has already come and gone. One minute we were in Rhode Island on a mini vacation, and the next we’re in the hospital. I lose all sense of time when we’re in the hospital with Madison. Sitting in the same chair EVERY SINGLE DAY is hard. Sleeping in a windowsill is hard. Trying to comfort your child while they’re hooked up to multiple machines is hard. It’s just all around hard, and the days sort of just blur together. The first few days of a hospital admittance tend to be the scariest...

The Domino Effect

Epilepsy sucks. Diabetes Insipidus sucks. Hypopituitarism sucks. All of these conditions are difficult to mange on their own, but put them all together and the complexities can be overwhelming. With so many systems out of whack, a tiny change in one can greatly affect the others. Whenever something is “off” with Madison there’s never an easy answer as to why. We always have to look at the whole picture and it can make things quite challenging to say the least. So far, we’ve been pretty lucky in her care with most of her systems running smoothly and levels stable....

Keto Update

If you’ve been following along you know we were hoping to start Madison on the ketogenic diet as a means to relieve her seizures. The diet has a good success rate, especially for the type of seizures Madison has, and when effective can allow for a reduction or removal of medications. I attended a seminar all about the diet, it’s risks, the process, efficacy rate, etc at CHOP back in October. Read more on that here. It was super informative and we hoped to get Madison admitted in January or February if the team felt she was a good...

Surviving Maddie’s 1st Cold

Happy December! I can’t believe it’s already December. This year has gone by so fast! Although I probably say that every year.. We’ve been so busy recently between various doctor appointments & therapies & Thanksgiving! And to top it all off, Madison wound up developing her very first cold. We really lucked out last year with her not getting sick at all. Last winter she was on a steroid seizure medication that pretty much wipes your immune system, so we never took her out, like ever. We had no one over. And the few people that were allowed had...

Madison vs. the EEG

So I know I owe you guys all the details of our first family vayk, & I promise I’ll get to that, but in true Madison fashion this week has thrown us another unexpected curveball! Yesterday Maddie and I were excited to get back into our normal routine after returning home from vacation over the weekend. Before our day really began I touch based with her neuro team to update them on the status of the ketogenic diet process and to share some updates on her current seizure activity. When we met with the neurologist at CHOP on Halloween...

Happy Halloween!

So we have had a crazy busy two weeks my friends! It’s been nonstop with various therapies and doctor appointments. I used to be someone who was so organized and on time, and now I never know what time we have anything #momlife lol. So I thought I’d pop in and update everyone on all of the craziness! Early Intervention Last week Madison had her yearly re-evaluation for her Early Intervention services. A developmental specialist came to meet with Maddie and tested her on various motor and social skills. In true Maddie form she slept through the session, so...

Meet Madison: The Nap Queen of New Jersey

Although Madison hasn’t been diagnosed with anything specific regarding sleep issues, this has been one of our biggest struggles with her post meningitis. While most parents find themselves googling for ways to get their child to sleep, I suffer from the opposite problem with Maddie; she sleeps far too often (during the day).. somehow at night she always seems to decide to wake up, just like all kiddos lol. When we were transferred to CSH for therapy last year after our stay in the PICU, Madison often slept through her therapy sessions. It was a really difficult month. John...