Monday, September 5, 2011
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Saturday, June 18, 2011
- Ok, so I am lame on this updating thing, but I do have a good excuse. Check facebook or our family blog for details but because of a water leak we have been displaced for the last 2 weeks and now have to move. The good news is we have been busy doing fun things with Cloey as well! Here is the recap~
- One of the first things we did was a movie in the park. Ty was at work so it was just me and the kids. It was picnic style so we had no wheelchair for Cloey, it was at night & for once we didn't have to rush back to meet a nurse, and Cloey ran around and played with all the kids at the park.
- Then some of our dearest family friends and one of Cloey's best friends came down from Colorado for a visit! we had a fun filled week, taking our friends to church, going to the zoo, Cerretas Chocolate factory, the splash pad, the movies, and sleep over fun!
- For her Birthday Cloey got a kit that you can order caterpillars and watch them change to butterflies. I finally ordered them and all the kids had fun watching the metamorphosis, especially cloey who has 9 pet butterflies now.
- Cloey and I had the opportunity through HopeKids to see Valley Youth Theater production of Annie. Cloey just loves the Theater, going to shows is probably one of her favorite things to do and Annie was one of my faves growing up, so we had A LOT of fun. I really enjoyed my special time with her and I think she did too :)
- We also had some fun staying at a hotel, and then at Ryan House for a special family visit. It was like a mini vacation and I have to say the logistics were much easier without the vent and such. Cloey has not been in a pool for 5 years, while it is still risky with her trach, we go ahead and let her in. She LOVED it. S0 fun to watch her kick her legs when it was such a new feeling for her. She has shown such joy in her new found freedoms on Hospice and has become, umm shall we say, independant. We love the growth we see in her and it confirms to us that this step is what Cloey needs right now to reach her greatest potential.
- Cloey is a super star! Ty and her were pictured in an article on Ryan House. They caught her laughing, I was so happy to see my bubbly girl in the paper. She knows she's a star too, and is telling everyone "guess what? I'm in the newspaper!" http://www.azcentral.com/community/phoenix/articles/2011/06/18/20110618ryan-house-children-care.html
- After leaving Ryan House we went to Lenny's Burgers because everybody said it was the place to go downtown, and it was pretty dang good, but the highlight was Cloey eating an ice cream cone! she has only reluctantly tasted ice cream before, mostly in therapy, but this time she got it! It was like a light bulb went on after 10 years and she was like, "so this is what all the noise is about" it was super cute!
- We had a small pneumonia scare with Cloey at the hotel and I will admit my heart was caught in my throat. But Hospice worked like it was supposed to and we took care of it quickly and painlessly with no pokeys or hospital stays.
- Cloey, with Cal as her buddy, has joined an adapted bowling league in Tempe. It will be something fun and air conditioned to do this summer, so far they had fun. Cloey says she got a home run and 100 points! hehe
- If you noticed the new layout, it is in honor of Cloey's favorite animal and she helped me pick it out! also, Cloey has a facebook page now, look her up if you want to be her "friend"
- All in all Cloey has been her strong, fun self and we are loving it!
Monday, May 30, 2011
Thursday, May 19, 2011
After a lot of time praying, researching, talking (sometimes arguing), crying & pondering Ty and I have decided to put Cloey on Hospice service and take her off the her vent (breathing machine). Cloey is a strong little girl and is still able to breath on her own, we hope that by doing this now we are preventing her being completely dependant on machines. We want to give her a chance to be a kid and to be happy. By putting her on Hospice we are not giving up on her, just making sure we have more control of her medical decisions. We will be avoiding the hospital like the plague and doing as little intervention as possible. We will no longer have nurses in our house every night, Cloey and Lainey will get to share a room, we can take her camping, and Cloey will be Home schooled with her brother and sister. Our first instinct was to quit everything and spend every second and dime with her, but we have decided that what Cloey deserves is a "normal" life. We will continue our daily lives and we are going to do as many family activities with her as we can, I hope you will follow them here as I do my best to update weekly on "The Adventures of Cloey"