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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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Parker not doing well

Yesterday was our last day for the NAC drug trial but unfortunately isn't our last day here. Early yesterday morning both boys started throwing up. They took turns every 15 minutes it felt like. After 3 sheet changes we made it into phlebotomy for their blood work.

We were essentially done after eating breakfast; well the boys didn't eat or show any interest. While in the lobby of the PED's clinic talking with other Niemann-Pick Type C (NPC) families Parker had a nice projectile vomit! After that moment he just became more pale than he normally is. Dr. Porter saw him and he was instantly concerned. We brought him back to an examination room where they think he had some type of seizure we didn't catch that made him unresponsive to what they were doing with him. We also found out we were suppose to leave Friday evening not Saturday.

During that time Jennifer's family (Uncle Jim's sister Tammy and family) drove up to visit but I was in the lobby with them during that time when Parker was not Parker. I do remember glancing in the room without knowing what was happening and thinking that Parker didn't look right. We all know Parker how if he thinks your going to touch him he responds!!!!!!!!!

Parker before ICU 4-23-10

Dr. Porter and Dr. Holmes felt that the floor they had him on where Dr. Porter does his protocol work for NPC, wasn't suitable to watch him properly. So they moved him up to ICU on the 3rd floor. At this point it was about 9 pm EST and poor Brisan hadn't even taken a real nap all day. He also was vomiting but he didn't act like Parker did (Brisan seems to be doing well this morning as I write this).

The biggest concern after getting Parker into a room for testing was why his hemoglobin was so low. It was a level 6 which in adults we would be pretty lethargic and non responsive.  His heart rate and pulse were up and his blood pressure was low. The question that remains is where is all the blood going? Jennifer updated me this morning that they gave him a blood transfusion and he is now up to level 9. She said he isn't a 100% but appears to be improving from the low points over the last 24hrs.

We have a scheduled plane ride tonight at 6 pm EST but we are a 100% sure that isn't going to happen. I would suspect maybe Monday we could come home (???). Thank you for all your support and prayers! Truly it is your support that makes things better because alone we are not capable of producing such comfort on our own.

Isaiah 41:10 ESV
fear not, for I am with you;
be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

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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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Brisan is recovering

So far so good for today for Mr. Brisan. Pretty similar story to Parker’s surgery but today went very smooth per Dr. St. Peter. Brisan had his port-a-cath put in just like Parker did exactly two weeks ago today (April 7, 2010).

The morning started off well. He was such a trooper when they had to stick him for his IV to give him his DDVAP & blood platelets.

Brisan's platelets

Brisan is currently resting and has really been asleep the whole time since post operation recovery. He had a small nose bleed after surgery when one of the nurses went to suction his nose out with all that snot! He moved and it got him!

Thank you for all your prayers and thoughts.  We are hoping that this makes the anxiety and a piece of our life slightly better with the infusions.

Brisan after surgery 4-7-10

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Parker, not a future blogger I suppose?

Well crime scene intact partially… We were up most of the wee hours of the morning with Brisan the “Flinstone Cat” not wanting to sleep and roaming between our bedroom and his. Around 6 am Parker comes up to my side of the bed and not thinking much of it Jennifer goes Parker is bleeding!

Took him in our bedroom and I can not recall the last time he literally had blood from head to toe on his body. All down both legs and arms including his face. The first go around it took about 30-45 minutes to get a clot to stick. During that time Parker turned into Rambo and tried to break loose. Can't blame him but it is frustrating since your trying to get him to calm down so you can apply pressure to his nose.

Parker, not a future blogger on 4-2-10 after a bloody nose

We put him in our bed and I proceeded to get ready for work. As soon as I was going to leave he blew a big sneeze. Must have been as powerful as the winds in Kansas City this morning! The 2nd gold rush started (minus the gold). That was talking another 30 minutes to try to stop it. At that point we just called the ambulance to head down to Children's Mercy Hospital. There they gave him DDVAP and checked out his hemoglobin. It was low. He is doing OK now after a long morning and early afternoon.

There has to be a way to help this out some way.

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Parker Update | Brisan’s Pre Opp Appointment

Today I took Brisan to his Pre Admissions Testing appointment. I was pleased to see that all of the kinks had been worked out from Parker’s surgery last week. While we were there Brisan was talking a lot. Over about the past month Brisan has really not been talking unless he is mad about the TV or if he wants a cookie. So it was really good to see.

Speaking of Parker. Parker is doing well. He is wanting to move around more and more everyday. The only problem is that he does still have sutures in his stomach and he is still really sore. Try explaining that to Parker. He does not understand that he can not run around and fall on his port. We do have some concerns however about how he is walking. He is dragging his feet and turning both of them out really bad. We will see about more PT in the next few weeks if it does not get better.

Another big thing is we are trying to get the boys a Home Health nurse to come out a couple times a week for both Brisan and Parker. That would also open a bunch of doors for us to get the boys home OT and PT. Having that at home will also help us with the things that we are having major issues with, the stairs, feeding, bathing, teeth brushing, falling, speech, aggression just to mention a few. The more the help we can get to keep with going the better in our opinion.

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