Wednesday, December 31, 2008
We wish all of you a Happy New Year!
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Other than that, they say everything looks like it is healing correctly and he is doing good.
Monday, December 29, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
My family is in from Arkansas, so I have been splitting time at home with them and here at the hospital with Rubin. He is pretty bummed that he had to miss Christmas and Brayden opening presents, but he also didn't want to make Brayden wait to open them, so I video taped everything and then had Rubin watch it all this morning. We are saving/freezing a lot of his favorite foods for when he is feeling better, and are celebrating Christmas with his family sometime in the next week or 2 so he will get to be around for that which is good.
Things should settle down a little over the next couple of days so I will try to be better about updating. I have a picture of his incision - 15 staples. I won't post it to spare those with weak stomachs...
Monday, December 22, 2008
The bad news is that he will have to be in the hospital for 5-7 days, which means he will be here through Christmas, and that he will have to be out of work for 4-6 weeks. Please pray for his surgery to go well tomorrow and that he has a speedy recovery!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
On another note, today is mine and Rubin's 4 year anniversary. He is amazing. We had agreed that we are not buying each other anything since we just got new furniture and that is our anniversary/Christmas/my birthday present. I came home from work today to a completely spotless house, with laundry even done! With everything that has been going on lately, I have definitely been neglecting the housework. Being able to lay here on the couch right now and not feel guilty because I should be doing something else is the most amazing feeling.
I love my husband more and more every day and the past 4 years have been the best 4 years of my life. He is the best husband and father I could ever ask for and I am so blessed to have him by my side every day. I don't brag about him enough and I want everyone to know how much I love him!!
Monday, December 15, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
On another note - Brayden lost a toy car yesterday and when I asked him where it went, he said "Ugh...Cameron took it". How does he know to already blame things on his brother - he's not even born yet!!
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
I'm home tonight with Brayden and will be taking him to daycare in the morning and heading back to the hospital. I feel bad leaving him there alone with no one to talk to and nothing to do, but we need to make sure Brayden has some sort of a normal routine for at least a couple of days. I brought Brayden to see him at the hospital and he did better tonight than he did on Tuesday. He keeps saying "Daddy's too sick" and doesn't seem to really like hanging out in the hospital room, but he stayed for about an hour tonight and did okay. I'll take him back over a few times this weekend. Rubin really misses him.
Right now he is comfortable and looks and sounds pretty good. The pain medication they had been giving him was a kind that works immediately, but then wears off after about an hour, but he can only have it every 3 hours. Last night the nurse called the doctor and they are now also giving him Vicodin in between the shots of the other pain meds to keep him comfortable. He has just ordered Jello for breakfast but hasn't tried eating it yet because he's too busy sending emails and working. He is very anxious about missing another 5 days of work, but his boss is awesome and I think she is helping put his mind at ease. I will update again after we see the doctor or if anything else exciting happens.
And I just realized that by posting this, it now takes up more than an entire page of my blog. If you are just now "tuning in", go to the bottom and click "Older Posts" to start from the beginning and work your way up.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Monday: Rubin woke up that morning and was sick and throwing up. We thought it was just a stomach bug and went on about our day - I went to work and he actually even went to a meeting. I had a meeting scheduled for Mon night but stopped by on my way home to check on him. He was still throwing up, had a fever and chills, and had a very sharp pain in his stomach. It was mostly on the right side so I was concerned about his appendix and we decided to come to the ER. We came to Rush Copley and they did an ultrasound to check his gall bladder and it came back fine, so they did a cat scan to check his kidney and appendix, and both of them were also fine, but they noticed some inflammation in his small intestine and wanted to do more testing. He said that they could send him home and do outpatient tests, but since he was in so much pain they wanted to keep him overnight so he could stay comfortable. I think we finally got this news sometime after midnight. I finally went home to sleep for a few hours (we live across the street from the hospital).
Tuesday: A GI specialist came to see him early in the morning, and I missed him b/c I was home showering and getting ready to come back over for the day. They scheduled a colonoscopy for Wed. He said it could just be an infection that can be treated with antibiotics, but they have to rule out anything more serious. He mentioned Crohn's disease as a possibility. Later Tues afternoon the general hospital doctor came in to see him. She said that from looking at the cat scan, it looks like Crohn's to her. She said there is a partial blockage of his small intestine, and that is most likely what is causing him so much pain. The other problems she said look like they have been there for a long time and he has just never recognized that he has had symptoms. Most of the day Tues was just spent sitting and waiting. He is on pain and nausea medication and an IV. He hasn't had anything to eat since Sunday and tried to eat a little italian ice yesterday (one of the approved "clear liquid diet" items) and he felt sick after just a couple of bites, so he hasn't tried anything else. He had to drink a gallon of the fun colon cleansing stuff last night as prep for the colonoscopy today.
Wednesday: So far this morning we are just waiting for the procedure. He is scheduled to go in at 12:30 for the prep and they said it shouldn't take more than an hour. They will do a colonoscopy and several biopsies, and this should tell them anything they need to know. They have said that he could possibly go home today, but it doesn't sound like he will be able to. Since he hasn't had anything to eat in 3 days, they are going to have to start him off with a clear liquid diet and gradually progress to solid foods, and he can't go home until he is able to keep them down. He is also still in severe pain so that is still a concern.
I will update more after we hear the results of the procedure - probably sometime this afternoon. If you are like everyone else I have talked to and are saying "What is Crohn's disease? I've heard of it but don't know what it is", check out this website. http://mayoclinic.com/health/crohns-disease/DS00104
I have obviously been reading a lot about it the past few days and I think this is the best website to give the basic info and isn't so scientific that you can't understand it.
I have my laptop and they have free wi-fi, so feel free to email etc. I'll be here all day. We appreciate all of your prayers and are just very anxious to find an answer and know what the next step will be.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
1. Which name do you like best? Think of all 3 names together, and please vote only once!! :)
Cameron Tyler Chrisman 27.6% 21
Cameron Carter Chrisman 17.1% 13 (We still really think this one is cute)
Cameron Evan Chrisman 5.3% 4
Cameron Jordan Chrisman 7.9% 6
Cameron Ryan Chrisman 26.3% 20 (Soooo close!)
Cameron Richard Chrisman 18.4% 14 (Sorry Daddy, but you got a lot of votes!!)
answered question 76
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
I had not planned on dressing up for Halloween, and said that if I did I would put very little effort into my costume. Well, on my way home from work yesterday my sister mentioned an idea that she had seen online, and my plans changed. I started working at about 8:30 last night and then woke up at 6:00 am to go to work and finish my master design. I went as a "Bun in the Oven".
Brayden was Thomas the Train and he finally figured out what this whole trick-or-treating thing was all about. He had a lot of fun but didn't last too long before he was ready to go home. He enjoyed handing out candy to the other kids and it was really cute.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
By request, the names are:
Cameron Tyler Chrisman
Cameron Carter Chrisman
Cameron Jordan Chrisman
Cameron Evan Chrisman
Cameron Ryan Chrisman
Cameron Richard Chrisman
I'll give an update in a couple of days and let you know which name is in the lead!
Monday, October 13, 2008
Yesterday we went to my aunt's house. Brayden jumped on the trampoline with his cousins and we spent a lot of time down at the pond. He caught his first fish, rode on a paddle boat, rode a 4 wheeler and played in the mud. He had so much fun and really enjoyed playing and getting dirty. This is what I did growing up and I hate that he doesn't really get the opportunity to do things like that all the time. I guess that's one more thing about going to Nana's that makes it that much more special.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
- We drove his car around the block. We had to stop every 5-10 feet to "put gas in it", which meant putting grass in it. The normal 15 minute walk around the block took almost an hour, but at least it was a nice day
- We came home from the store the other day, and he was upset that my van was wet from the rain. Before I realized it, he had found a used paper towel in the garage and proceeded to dry it off
- Tonight we were in bed reading Brown Bear, and when we got to the goldfish page, he asked if he could ride a dolphin. He had seen a Discovery Cove commercial earlier today and somehow this triggered that he needed to ride one.
- At some point this week, he developed an obsession with "chocolate" (snack pack pudding, which he had never eaten before in his life), and carried one of the containers around for an entire day kissing it and "keeping it safe". He did finally try one and actually ate some of it.
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
We just sat down with Brayden to say his goodnight prayers. Here is what he had to say:
"Thank you Jesus for my Sharon" (his daycare teacher)
"Thank you for the store. I got a cookie."
"Thank you for my friends."
"Love you Jesus. Goodnight Jesus. Amen."
Nice to know he is thankful for his wonderful parents!!!
Thurs 8am - My sister calls to tell me she thinks she's in labor (she isn't due until 8/25). Her water didn't "break" like normal, but it seemed to be leaking out. She went to the hospital and was told her water did not break and they sent her home. Our flight left at 1:30 and the trip down there was pretty uneventful.
Fri 8am - My mom calls to tell me my sister is having her baby - they had gone to the hospital in the middle of the night and found out she had been leaking amniotic fluid for an entire day. Everything went well and my new neice Bailee Laine Proctor was born around 11:30 am.
Fri 6pm - The boys are at the rehearsal, and Laura, Lauren and I are having appetizers on the 13th floor (thanks to Brad being a Hilton Honors member!). We see a fire out the window several blocks away. Someone turns on the news - it is an underground electrical fire. The power goes out. We walk down 10 flights of stairs to our room and attempt to get ready with no electricity or air conditioner (in 90 degree, 90% humidity Savannah weather).
Fri 8pm - We walk several blocks to the rehearsal dinner b/c the street the restaurant is on was closed down b/c of the fire. The restaurant is on the 2nd floor. It has no power. Dinner was by candlelight, with no a/c. The food was amazing.
Fri 10pm - We get back to the hotel, which still has no power and are told it will not be back on until noon Sat. We gather a few clothes by flashlight and go find another hotel.
Sat am - Power is still not on at the Hilton, which is where the reception is planned for that night. They have to come up with a back up plan. Luckily the power comes back on around 11:30. We go back and get ready for wedding.
Sat after wedding - We run back to the room before heading up to the reception and cannot get in. They replaced the lock earlier that afternoon and it closed itself when we left. We had maintenance get us back in the room, only to then be locked in b/c the lock was put on crooked nad was sticking. I had them rip the whole thing off - we didn't use it anyway.
Sun 12am - Will calls Rubin. He had gone out with some friends after the reception (we headed to bed) and witnessed a robbery at a convenience store. He has to tackle the guy and hold him on the ground until the police got there. He leaves and 2 blocks down the street watches a Jeep hit a guy on a motorcycle and then drive away. He gets the description of the vehicle and calls the police. He was the Savannah Superhero of the weekend.
Sun - fairly normal day...took a trolley tour of the city. Witnessed a drug deal in the middle of the street.
Sun 11pm - Board the plane to head home. Pilot leaves. Flight attendants tell us our pilots were needed to fly another plane, and unfortunately they can't turn the air on w/out a pilot in the cockpit. We sat there for over an hour before they finally found someone to fly our plane. It was getting difficult to breathe.
Mon 2am - Finally get home, think we are getting to sleep in for at least a little while
Mon 5am - Phone rings. Rubin's parents had watched Brayden overnight on Sunday. My sister-in-law had gone into labor and they were going to the hospital and needed us to come get Brayden.
Mon 8am - I called into work b/c I was dead. We drove to the city to see the twins...2 more new neices, Claire and Jillian!
Mon 1pm - Get home, eat lunch, leave for doctor's appt.
Mon 9pm - Finally got sleep!!
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Friday, August 8, 2008
Friday, August 1, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Saturday, July 5, 2008
This morning I woke up with him sitting in my bed. I told him good morning, and he said, "No more fireworks. You're safe with Grandma. Fireworks are over." All day long he has randomly repeated the same thing. He obviously is still terrified, but at least he knows he is safe with Grandma! I don't think we'll try fireworks again with him for a while. Some people just really don't like the loud noise and I'm pretty sure he'll be one of those people for a long time.
Sunday, June 29, 2008
I am also very blessed to have such wonderful in-laws. I hear so many horror stories, but I must be really lucky! They are great and we had so much fun! There were 12 of us there (Brad had to work) and we all get along really well - it's awesome! We are all already looking forward to next year and planning to stay as long as possible!
Friday, June 27, 2008
Tomorrow we are heading to Lake Geneva for the weekend. Rubin's parents are friends with a couple who has a gorgeous house on the lake and they have invited the entire family up to stay for the weekend. We are really excited! Since I'm pregnant I'm sure I can't go tubing, but I'll enjoy laying on the boat - I don't think I've been on a boat in 8 years!
Monday, June 23, 2008
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
- We weren't exactly trying, but we weren't trying to prevent it. We just decided that if it happened, it happened, and we should have learned from the first time around that it was going to happen really fast!
- I haven't been to the doctor yet, but according to babycenter.com I'm due on February 18 (I'm only like 5 weeks)
- I'm feeling fine so far, just a little tired. I was miserably sick with Brayden and am hoping that it doesn't happen this time, but morning sickness usually doesn't kick in until around 6 weeks
- Rubin wants another boy, I kind of want a girl but I'm totally fine either way. I think we both agree that little girls are great, but raising a teenage girl is scary.
- Yes, we have told Brayden, and no, he doesn't get it. When I first told him that I was going to have a baby, he looked at me very seriously and said, "NO, Mommy is not a baby. Mommy is a mommy." When I tried the mommy has a baby in her belly approach, he said, "I'm sorry. Does it hurt?" He has no clue...
We are extremely excited and can't keep secrets so we're completely breaking the 3 month rule with telling people!