Sunday, December 23, 2012

An Update on Harry

Harry had an appointment with his eye doctor on Tuesday. We were all pretty sure he'd need a cornea reshaping surgery and had mentally prepared ourselves for that. His regular eye doctor examined him first and said that the left eye looked like it had made some improvements. The dryness problem had been resolved, thanks to the near constant eye drop application regimen we'd had Harry on. There was also a very slight improvement in his left eye vision. Nowhere near where it needs to be to actually be considered functioning, but still very encouraging since we hadn't seen any improvements for a really long time.

The cornea specialist then came to examine him and to determine the course of treatment. Much to my (and, I think, the doctor's) surprise, the specialist does not want to pursue surgery at this time. He said his concerns were that it could cause even more scarring that would further impede his vision and that since Harry is still growing, reshaping his four-year-old cornea could cause problems when he is fully grown if the shape of his eye should change. Instead, Harry will begin wearing a soft contact with a harder, gas permeable contact over it, on his left eye for the next ten to fifteen years. (You read that correctly. Ten to fifteen years. I'm sure I annoyed the cornea specialist by repeating it over and over. "How long? Ten to fifteen years? Ten to fifteen years?") At the end of the ten to fifteen years, he will likely get the surgery we had been anticipating. While I understand, and even agree with, his reservations for doing surgery, this is going to present Harry with a whole new set of challenges. Namely, he is going to hate Cory and I putting the hard contact in and taking it out each day. It is supposed to be "a little uncomfortable." I really can't see this going well. Also, any other time he's worn a bandage contact lens, he's rubbed it out of his eye on the walk from the doctor's office to the parking garage. I'm kind of anticipating having to tell his doctor that we've lost thirty lenses already. His is supposed to sleep in the soft lens, which I think will make it a lot more likely that he will rub the lens out. He'll wear the soft lens for two to three months at a time and will need antibiotic drops four times a day to prevent infection. He will also need moisturizing drops throughout the day to keep his eye from getting too dry. For ten to fifteen years. And, he's not supposed to swim for the next ten to fifteen years. (I forsee us breaking this rule. "I'm taking Jack and Addie to the pool. Harry, you can look forward to that in college." Probably not.)

Harry has an appointment next week to be fitted for the lenses. Assuming that goes well, he'll begin treatments to retrain his left eye to see, probably by dilating the right eye, in February. Please pray that he responds well to all of this and that it will work. During all of this, we have known that the recovery time was in the span of years, but we weren't anticipating it to be that long. Right now, thinking about dealing with this in ten plus years is hard to wrap our minds around. Please pray for our family as we adjust to this new normal.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Purex Baby Giveaway!

Even though my "baby" is two, I was still excited when Purex sent me their new Purex Baby Triple Action laundry detergent to try. This detergent is hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested to be extra gentle on sensitive baby skin. My kids have been known to have sensitive skin, so it really is perfect for the whole family. It is lightly scented, but nothing overpowering. I think it smells just like a baby fresh out of the bath, which is one of the best smells in the world. I washed my comforter in it, and I am loving the way it smells. Now, when I snuggle my sweet babies, it reminds of when they really were still babies :)

The people at Purex were nice enough to send me three coupons, each for a free bottle of Purex Baby. Although, honestly, this has been my favorite detergent so far, and I kind of want to keep the coupons all for myself! But instead, I'll pick three lucky winners on January 5, 2013. I'm going to try a Rafflecopter giveaway for this. You can earn two entries. The first is a mandatory entry for following the blog. I'll need you to leave your email address on that one so I can contact you if you win. A second bonus entry can be earned if you leave a comment on this post. Good luck!

And finally, some legal stuff: I received this product for free from Purex. As a Purex Insiders blogger, I agreed to try the product and post a review on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Purex. This giveaway is open to U.S. Residents only. And don't forget to enter my other giveaway here.

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TriCalm Giveaway!

Moms Meet has sent me another great product to try and giveaway to you! This time I got a tube of TriCalm. TriCalm is a steroid free skin ointment to help relieve itchy or dry skin and minor burns or irritations. It can help with all sorts of conditions. Bug bites, poison ivy, allergic reactions, winter skin, and eczema are just a few of the conditions that TriCalm can be used for. It is steroid free, so it can be used long term. It uses a special compound found in leafy green vegetables to help relieve skin irritaion. You can read more about it on their website and Facebook page.

Jack gets really dry skin, especially on his hands, in the winter. I am happy to have a safe, natural product to help his hands feel better and heal. Since TriCalm is steroid free and plant based, I even feel comfortable using it on Harry's super sensitive skin. And you can have a chance to try it with your family. TriCalm and Mom's Meet are giving away two full sized tubes of TriCalm ointment to two of you, lucky readers! All you have to is enter below. I am going to try using a Rafflecopter giveaway for the first time. You can earn two entries; one mandatory entry by following the blog, and one bonus entry by leaving a comment. I will draw to lucky winners on January 5, 2013! Good luck!

And finally, some legal stuff: I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet Program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agreed to try the product and post a review on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC, or the manufacturer of the product. Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. And don't forget to enter my other giveaway And don't forget to enter my other giveaway here.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

He's baaaaack! And he brought a friend!

Fred, our Elf on the Shelf, finally made his reappearance for this holiday season. You may remember his adventures from last year that you can read about here and here. Last year, he came on St. Nicholas Day. This year, in his wisdom, St. Nicholas thought it would be better to wait to come to our house on a Friday night instead of a Wednesday night. So, Fred came a few days later than last year. For about ten days before he showed up, the kids kept asking when Fred was going to get here. I told them I was pretty sure Fred wanted to come to our house when it was all decorated for Christmas, and that I couldn't decorate if it was a mess. Therefore, if the children hoped to hasten Fred's arrival, helping to clean was probably the best way to make it happen. Thanks Fred!!!

The big day finally came. The kids were super excited about their shoes full of treats, but even more so about Fred arriving. It turns out, Fred brought another elf with him (thanks to Aunt Sara!) The kids noticed the new, much bigger elf first. Jack yelled excitedly, "I think Fred grew!" But they soon noticed tiny Fred peeking down from the top of the door and realized they were lucky enough to have two elves!

The first step when you get a new elf is to name him. Jack was pretty set on Ned because he liked that the names would rhyme. Harry agreed, until I stupidly said that I thought Harry would want to name him Elfie. (His dragon is Draggy. His leopard is Leppy. His panda is Pandy. You get the picture.) Because of my mistake we had to call him Elfie Ned (and write it in the "official" book.) But, for the past few days, everyone just been saying Ned, so all is well with the world. Ned spends a lot of time hanging upside down, prompting Jack to say, "That Ned sure loves to be upside down." I have to say, I love the way the kids just talk about them like they are definitely real and have zero doubt about them.

Last year, Fred had an accident that Jack was sure would be one hundred percent healed by this year. (The chalkboard in the picture is actually the scene of the disaster, so I had some reservations about them being there. But there just aren't that many places for them to go!) When he saw the Fred still has a "scar" from that, he decided we just need to keep giving him hot chocolate. We had a big conversation about how sometimes scars just stay. (And thankfully he was long asleep when Fred's leg fell off again two nights ago.) By the time Christmas gets here, our time with our elves will have been fairly brief this year (Really, how many places can they be where Addie won't touch them and ruin their magic? Not a lot, I assure you.) but the kids have enjoyed every second of it. The effort to maintain the magic of childhood for as long as possible is well worth it. :)

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Giveaway Winners!

Here are the four winners from the Moms Meet and Dial handsoap giveaways!!!

Dial Holiday Foaming Antibacterial Soap - Bethany

Sparx Candy - Cat

Softcup with a prize from me - Marilyn

Softcup with the prize sent from Moms Meet - Mandy

Congrats to all the winners! I will get your prizes to you next time I see you. Mandy, I will send your info to Moms Meet, and they will send it to you.

I have another giveaway from Moms Meet to get up in the next week or so, so check back for that!

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