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BriParDun Carnival of Fun At Lees Summit North High School 1-15-11

BriParDun Carnival Of Fun

Date: January 15, 2011

Place: Lee’s Summit North High School Field House/ Concession Stand

Time: 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Goal: To host a carnival type event to raise money for the Stults family

View Video: http://youtu.be/Vg35HQXQZiw

Lexxi & Kara have graciously organized this fundraiser for our family. They are incorporating it into their DECA marketing project for school and our both seniors at Lees Summit North High School.  Out of all the other things they could have done they choose our family. It all was because my mother had put a flyer out early summer for a fundraiser they held in Lees Summit, MO and they happened to come across it.

We encourage you to attend and bring your family. This is a family oriented event and with the social connections that kids have in school this will be a FUN and great event to be apart of. Please come out and have a great time!

Brisan & Parker Stults at Nelson Atkins Museum

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Recap of Week and IEP Meeting Outcome

Did we say how nice it was to be actually home all week and not traveling? This past Monday Brisan was able to access his port-a-cath for the first time since surgery on April 7, 2010. It was a calm week besides all the work Jennifer put into getting ready for the IEP meeting for Brisan, Parker, and Duncan on Friday the 7th.

Brisan's first usage of his port-a-cath

Brisan's first usage of his port-a-cath

The meeting overall went well. Since Brisan is moving into Kindergarten next year, we needed to have the discussion on what was next for him. It was an emotionally charged atmosphere at times. We all know with Niemann-Pick Type C Disease that the outcome isn't pretty with the grim truth that there might not be an abundance of schools years left.  As a family we had many concerns if GV school district could accommodate us.

Brisan will essentially be going from 8:30 to noon, which isn't much different from now. He will participate in the regular class with his peers and also eat lunch with them. They agreed to hire an LPN for Brisan and starting Monday they will have an additional Para in the class for both of them for the remainder of the school year and beyond. Next year Brisan and Parker will both be in different buildings which poses a challenge. It probably is unlikely they will hire two LPN's.

The IEP isn't final until they formally write it up and give us our 10 days to review. We also spoke about Duncan starting next January. Parker's IEP will be talked about in this upcoming week.

Overall the stark truth was very sad and disheartening as we listened to all his inabilities. This is the time reality sets in and gives you a smack across the cheek. Just over the course of a year Brisan has regressed in a lot of his abilities. For others who are outside our home it might be hard to completely see this digression.

We will write more later! Honestly there is way too much to write about. If you have any questions please feel free to email Jennifer or myself .

Below are some pictures of Brisan graduating preschool on Thursday May 6, 2010.

Brisan's Graduation from PreSchool 5-6-10 Brisan getting his dipolma 5-6-10Brisan 5-6-10Brisan and Parker drinking juice 5-6-0

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Upcoming week

It's been a week ago tomorrow evening (Monday) that we were finally able to return home after Parker's crazy situation while in DC. Nothing new has transcribed since we've been back with our doctors. You almost get the feeling that with Brisan's sinus polyps and Parker's blood redirection or loss that no one has an answer.  Leaves you wondering what shall happen next?  Brisan's sinus situation is so bad that it is causing his right eye to matte shut and consistently be weepy. Our new nickname for Brisan is “Pirate Pete”. That is what he looks like! Hopefully we can get somewhere!

Friday  we have an important IEP meeting with the Grain Valley School District regarding the future of the boys. Jennifer will be busy gathering information and coordinating up until then. The meeting will speak to all points hopefully on how they can and cannot fulfill the needs of Brisan and Parker. We also will speak about Duncan going next January to school. . There will be probably upwards of 20 people in attendance to discuss this matter.

Brisan is suppose to start Kindergarten in the fall. After three hours in the morning now he is completely wore out! There is no way in the world the little man can go all day. They would allow him to go a half a day from previous conversations, eat lunch at his own leisure, and allow additional attention to his needs. Many things besides what some would call “minor decisions” for us. The important issue here is safety, the schools funding of the special needs program, and if they can provide for our children. No hard feelings if they cannot.

Some would say that his progress is indeterminable because he has been absent from school a lot. Regardless, Niemann-Pick Type C is already taking it's toll on him and Parker. All we've seen from my recent memory is digression in all areas from quarterly updates.

We feel that there is a better alternative for both boys out there. With a state representative telling us that our school district will be losing  $400,000  in funding in the upcoming school year, this doesn't point to a sign that says they can fulfill the basic needs for our sons.

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Parker, From the Black Lagoon is Rising

If all goes well we should be coming home tomorrow afternoon. That of course is a bold statement but Parker appears to be improving. His hemoglobin level is 9.7 and his hemocratic level is 30 (H&H). When he was at his low point his hemoglobin was like 6. They also have him on antibiotics which they need to observe for 48 hours before they can release us if he is doing better.

They are moving Parker out of ICU to the PED's floor which is more comfortable than were they are at now.

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Video of Brisan and Parker after dinner

I was able to get the “dudes” on the camera last night. Of course they had no interest in what I was doing because one of their favorite cartoons was on, The Penguins of Madagascar! Parker started having some bleeding while he was at grandma Carnes's house this week. Yesterday ARJ Infusions Services came out and did another infusion of DDVAP for both of them. They also will both get another infusion on Monday, their regular scheduled day.

It appears unofficially that they will be going to twice a week infusions. That is our hunch at least. Below is a video of the guys after dinner: (if your unable to view via your email update, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zoWaslyYsdk)

In the video as you can obviously see ( ha ha) they are both getting a feed through their GT's. Brisan will surprise us every now and then and eat a whole bunch but we need to supplement his calories. Parker loves to eat as well but we want to make sure they have a full belly before they go to bed. Hopefully that will help them sleep.

You also will notice how Brisan really doesn't like to look down at his food (well cookie!). You have to love the vertical gaze palsy!  Either way we love the little guys! Thank you to all for everything. There will never be an action or material item that could say thank you for the prayers, support, and love you've given our family.

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Easter Egg Hunt

Easter was a pretty good day. Me and Jennifer went to church because we were apart of the 11 am service. The message was on Hope. At the beginning of the sermon they had put a picture up of us while one of the ladies from the drama team acted out our monologue about our story. She did a wonderful job and it was surreal to be hearing our story. I hope that it was able to make an impact.

The boys were at Gma's & Gpa's house while we attended church. Typically we go Saturday evening. We had a good lunch followed by hunting for the wabbit! Below is a video from the Easter Egg hunt we had in their back yard. The boys did a pretty good job “wondering” around! HA I think they had fun.

(In case you can't view this video on your email version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrhfcmcCEWQ)

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