Wednesday, August 3, 2011

What a YEAR! (and a few months)

I'm going to briefly try and explain everything that has happened over this past year! I did some quick calculations and over the past year (and a few months) this is what we've done:

225+ (I lost count) Dr & Therapy Appointments
Colton had at least 2 therapy appointments each week (feeding therapy and occupational therapy)

Bennett had a physical therapy appointment once a week for 6 months. He had a "Torticollis" (I'll let you google that) from a combination of his position in the womb and from having reflux. Thankfully we had a great pediatrician who got us on the right meds and the right formula for his reflux as well as a milk protein allergy. BUT it required A LOT of Dr. appointments and tests! Also because of the reflux he had 5 sets of ear infections by the time he was 6 months old. (Again lots of dr's appts and meds!)

Becky - As for me... because of Bennett's strong little body while I was pregnant with him, he pretty much was draining me of all my iron. (By the time he was born my hemoglobin was at 7.2 - normal is over 12) Oh and that was while I was taking 3 iron pills a day! (yeah my tummy wasn't happy!) So right after he was born they gave me a shot (no idea what it's called) to stop the bleeding. It worked - the bleeding stopped and my hemoglobin levels didn't drop further and I didn't need a blood transfusion but it also caused my blood pressure to rise. So, long story short, for the next 5 months I was seeing a Hematologist (for my anemia) and my regular family dr (for the high blood pressure). These appointments were almost weekly and they both ran lots of tests to determine... drum roll please... I'm anemic! Ha Ha Thankfully that was all, but I tried to tell them that from the beginning!

We also had a bad case of the stomach flu pass between us all right before Christmas. I tried my best, but on Christmas Eve, right after I finished putting out the presents I succumbed and started throwing up! We actually had to stay home from all of the family activities - it was so sad :(.

We also had 3 Surgeries! (not including the C-Section for Bennett)
Last summer, Colton stepped on a piece of glass and we thought we got it all, but a few weeks later we noticed he was still limping and sure enough after an x-ray they discovered a small piece... so the next day we went in for an outpatient surgery to get it out! About 6 months later, Colton also had his tonsils and adenoids taken out. AND if that's not enough... on the same day, Bennett got tubes in his ears! The same ENT did both the boys' surgeries! She was great and we're so happy we did it! Bennett has had only one ear infection since and it cleared up within 2 days!

Finally, due to our "unemployment situation" I let my part-time-fun-job become my full-time(still fun but not as much)-job. I logged 350 basketball games (NBA, College, & International). I would "go to work" (lock myself in our bedroom and sit at the computer) around 3pm and usually come out around 11pm.

Are you wondering what Seth was doing all this year... Well, he spent every day applying for jobs and contacting different people/recruiters/colleagues! And as you have all heard by now... HE GOT A JOB! Yep, we're moving to Silver City NM this Saturday! (I should be packing, but I realized if I don't write this before we move, I'll never do it!)

So... if you're wondering why my blog has not been updated... or why you haven't seen me even though we're in the same neighborhood (or ward for that matter :))... now you know! Ha Ha

I better end this now - it's past midnight and believe it or not, Colton has his last occupational therapy appointment in the morning and Bennett has an appointment with the Pediatric GI in the afternoon! No rest for the weary... :)


Frolicking Night Owl said...

Hey Traegers - Good luck with everything! Congrats on your new job!! My hemo/iron levels were down to 5 when I was pregnant but I never had to have shot or anything, so ...weird. I was worried about having to get a transfusion too if something went wrong or I had to have a c-section, but I was OK. Did you find a place to live? You'll have to post photos of your new spot!

Rachel Hanchett said...

What a year! I'm sad we didn't get to see more of you guys! I am so happy for Seth and your adventure in New Mexico! Please let me know if you need any help packing!

Jared and Tara Phelps said...

Well we're glad to get a rundown of what you guys have been up to! Are we going to get to see you before you go? Going away party perhaps? If not, I guess you're not all that far, we'll just have to visit. ;) I wish I had known you were having all that trouble with anemia because I know the miracle cure. Darn it!
Best of luck with the move and new job. What an adventure for all of you!

Nikki said...

WOW! That sounds like a ROWDY year!!! Good luck in NM! Sounds like fun!

Seth Johnson said...

Wow! I didn't know about any of that stuff. Thanks for the update. Sorry to hear about all the medical struggles but congrats on the new job and the move! That should be exciting. We hope to see you guys soon.

Webster Family said...

Becky-oh wow. Where do I start!? You are one strong woman! I am so grateful to have met you--wish we could have spent more time together! What adventures you will have to tell! Good luck in NM-can't wait to hear about all that has been waiting for you!

Wendy said...

WOW! What a year. Hopefully this year will be calmer and allow more time for blogging! So happy that Seth got a job, I hope he loves it!

Chesney said...

Missed seeing your posts! Good luck in New Mexico. Your a little closer to Texas! Love you!

Maren said...

Yay! Good luck in New Mexico! This is going to be a great new beginning for you! Good luck with the move today!!! Miss you!

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