Thursday, January 19, 2012

The past week

What has been going on the past week?  Well nothing too exciting.  Rachel and Haley have been battling yet another cold and now both have ear infections.  Poor girls!  We went to the ENT last week since Rachel has been having ear drainage for the past month or so.  Rachel has ear tubes so her Pediatrician said it was normal.  He also did an ear culture last month to make sure if wasn't infected.  Well the culture was negative then, but now both of her ears are infected.  One of her ears was even bleeding.  She has been on an oral antibiotic and antibiotic ear drops for the past week.  We saw the ENT again yesterday and her infection is 90% cleared.  We asked the ENT to check Haley's ears since she has been really fussy lately and tugging at her ear.  Well come to find out Haley also has an ear infection.  She was started on an antibiotic yesterday.  Also Haley will be getting her tonsils removed.  It has been a long battle with the ENT to allow them to be taken out.  Her tonsils are big and I feel they are causing problems with her swallowing when she eats.  She tends to gag and throw up easily when she has a cold.  So the doctor agreed to take them out.  She is scheduled to have them removed on February 24.  I really hope that by removing the tonsils that she will do better with her eating/swallowing.  I really don't like this time of the year when colds, ear infections and sickness is more prevalent.  Kayla has even gotten her first cold, but thank goodness it's very mild and she doesn't seem bothered by it at all.  She is a strong little girl.  Other than all the illnesses the girls are doing well.  Life just continues in the Stansel household. 

Amongst the craziness of the past week, Thomas and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary on January 12.  We didn't get to go out and have dinner together, but Thomas did bring dinner and flowers home for me.  He is a very thoughtful husband and I appreciate all that he did for our anniversary.  We hope to go out for dinner next week when my parents come to visit.  They will watch the girls for us.  Thanks mom and dad!

Haley wearing daddy's shirt


Wide eyed Kayla



  1. Hi Amanda, I've been following your blog for quite a while, but don't think I've ever posted a comment. Anyway, I had twins on 08/06/09; one had already passed away and my survivor was born at 1 lb 10 oz at 26 weeks, so I somewhat have understood your journey with your girls. I also just had another girl on 12/21/11, so we must be on the same schedule. =) Anyway, I wanted to tell you about something that I've used with my little preemie; last winter he was always getting sick it seemed, and at one point we ended up in the hospital for 4 days. It was frustrating because the only thing they did in the hospital that I couldn't do at home was suck out his nose. I can do oxygen, monitor his oxygen level (I bought an oximeter on Amazon for 35 that is as accurate as the one in the hospital; well worth the money to make sure his oxygen doesn't get too low when he's sick)and do nebulizer treatments at home. Well, when he was discharged, the doctor gave me a prescription for a portable vacuum device to suck his nose out. It was awesome and I was so sad when I had to return it after he was well again. Well they sell them on ebay: I haven't bought one yet, but I did get to keep the canister from the rental and my husband found a way to hook it up to our vacuum. This winter my son has only been sick once, and it never got worse than a snotty nose. He doesn't even weigh more than 20 pounds, so when he gets sick, it really takes a toll on him. Using the vacuum to suck out his nose really has helped him this winter. I think there's something to be said about keeping the nose clean. This is just my own opinion, but I know that so far we've dodged most of the serious sick bullets. I also have three older children, two of whom go to school, so my children are exposed to all sorts of fun bugs. So I think the vacuum should be a standard piece of equipment for all new parents. Recently, my newborn developed a stuffy nose, so I've been using it on her, and once again it has worked great; she can breath fine and the cold hasn't lasted too long. So just thought I'd pass it along. I really wish I had know about it sooner. Your girls are all so cute, and it's amazing to think of what they've been through.

  2. Your girls are all getting so big! They are all so cute:)

  3. Here's a little advice--you might want to wait until summertime to get the tonsils out. My little girl (a 23-weeker with a G-tube) got hers out almost two weeks ago and it has been a really hard two weeks. She got RSV a few days ago on top of the already sore throat and she has been unbelievably miserable. Fortunately she has the G-tube so I've been able to keep her hydrated but it would be so hard with a child who had no G-tube--the recovery was harder than I anticipated. Anyway, whatever you do, good luck with it!

  4. three beautiful girls!!! lovely pics:D


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