June 17, 2013

Hutch, KS and answers for Cohen

 In May, we headed to Hutch for a doctors' appt for Cohen and made a little road trip out of it. 

We stopped at Dillon Nature center as Sean wanted to take the kiddos there because he remembered going there as a kid. I guess they had lots more since Sean has been there last so we got to do some exploring.

If you know me, then you know that I'm not a nature fan really and most nature things freak me out. Snakes, frogs, fish, turtles really are not my thing. At ALL. 

Cohen enjoyed the exploring and had lots of fun. Lyla is more of her mother's child and was content just holding my hand. We kept each other safe! :)

 While it was pretty, I'll be good with not going back. I'm more a city girl!

 We got to feed some ducks - who happened to be too friendly and freaked me out. Which then made Lyla scared and she wouldn't feed them. But Cohen was game and don't tell the people that work there, but we fed them a blueberry muffin! It's all we had!

 After Cohen's appt we headed to the Hutch Zoo. It's a free zoo and it was super cute! I like zoos, not nature parks! :) Cohen is obsessed with cows right now and so he was having a hay day when he saw this!

 We then took some pictures - this is me at 20 weeks!

So about Cohen. If you didn't know, Cohen has pretty much been a sick kiddo since he was born. Around 4 months he got his 1st ear infection and it has all gone down hill from there. At least once a month (and many months it was for the full month) he was sick with a sinus infection and ear infection. That mixed with his low weight and consistent ear infections even after tubes, we got a referral to meet with an immunologist/allergist. They did allergy testing on him and we found out that he may be allergic to peanuts and that he was allergic to dogs. They did some blood work on top of that, the doctor believed he had an immune disorder. So this past Thursday, we got the results back and it turns out Cohen is not allergic to peanuts (maybe a slight sensitivity) but does have the immune disorder that she thought. It's called transient hypogammaglobulin of infancy. Basically his immune system is premature and that slowly this is something he should outgrow! Since our appt in May, he's been sick again! :( It seems like it is never ending! So he will be getting an extra vaccination to help boast his immune system and give him more protection again sinus problem and ear infections specifically. Basically we are just doing it as a precaution going into the winter months. He won't be able to get it until he is 2 - so in September some time most likely.  He is also allowed to have peanuts again and shouldn't have to worry about that.  He will also need to be on a nose spray and and sporadically will be taking an allergy med to see if it helps some.

So it was nice to get some answers! And I'm really hoping he outgrows this quickly! 

This was after he got all his allergy testing. He couldn't touch his back for 20 minutes after the got poked! But he did SO well! He didn't cry and would just say ow every once in a while. If he has an allergy to something, then apparently the spot will burn some and so that is what he was whining about. We were there for 2 hours for the appt and both of our kiddos did SO good! We are pretty blessed! And super thankful for technology!

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