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A Very Special Bear – UC Baby

23 Jan

When I was pregnant with Lauren I went to UC Baby in Pointe-Claire Montreal to have a 3D ultrasound done. It was a really really cool experience for us. At the time we had bought a package for two separate appointments, one at 27 weeks and another at 32 weeks. In our case the earlier appointment was a little more fun because Lauren was being shy on the second round and spent a good portion of the appointment itching her nose and covering her face. Funny enough she carried on this habit well after she was born!

The ultrasound appointment was done in comfortable and darkened room with classical music in the background.  There was a flat screen TV in front of us where we could watch everything and even more special our appointment was broadcast streaming over the internet so that our family could also get an early glimpse of Lauren.

For the first few moments I couldn’t see Lauren clearly, I felt a little let down…But then the technician was able to capture so many beautiful and clear shots of Lauren. Her hands were so clear, I watched her itch her nose, I watched her kick, I watched her.

A before and After Reveal. Lauren at 27 weeks of pregnancy and Lauren at about a week old :)

A before and After Reveal. Lauren at 27 weeks of pregnancy and Lauren at about a week old 🙂

At the time I was asked if I wanted to purchase a special bear with Lauren’s heart beat inside. I had passed on it, thinking that I didn’t need the added expense. As time passed, I found myself really wishing that I had taken one of those special bears home with me.

Fast forward to Christmas of this year – I had been preparing for Lauren’s upcoming Birthday fundraiser and looking for raffle prizes when Doreen Haddad (who is amazing by the way!) of UC Baby contacted me to offer us an Ultrasound package including a DVD recording to raffle off. I was really excited because it’s such an amazing prize to any expectant family! In talking with her I asked about the heart beat bear and whether it was still possible to get one. She immediately asked me what colour bear I would like and we planned a time to meet.

What I thought at the time was that she would be able to look in my file or something to get the heart beat (mind you it had been over 3 years since I was last there!), what actually happened was way cooler. When we arrived a very nice Ultrasound technician, actually the same technician I had seen three years earlier handed me a form to fill out and directed us towards to Ultrasound room. I was so confused, and told her that I already had the baby and wasn’t there for an Ultrasound. Then Doreen came by and explained that we were going to take an ultrasound of Lauren’s heart and capture her heart beat that way. WAY COOL!

Lauren is getting ready for her ultrasound!

Lauren is getting ready for her ultrasound!

So we lay Lauren down right where mommy had waited anxiously to see her years ago and took the recording of her heart. Lauren was in a great mood and probably found the experience really fun too!

Somehow Doreen managed to make something special so much more than that. Doreen gifted us an amazing bear and a memory that will always warm my heart.

Lauren snuggling up to Doreen after her appointment

Lauren snuggling up to Doreen after her appointment

Did I mention that the 3D Ultrasound is one of our amazing raffle prizes for Lauren’s event on January 26th (I know I did)! If you can’t make it to the event but are interested in buying a raffle ticket from the Pre-sale, please click here.  (Note that the certificate is only valid at the Montreal location)

You can also check out UC Baby here for more information – www.ucbaby.ca or call 514-694-8085 to book your appointment. If you mention Lauren’s name you can also score a $10 discount off a complete 3D package with a DVD or USB key!

Below are the details for Lauren’s fundraiser happening on January 26th, at the D.D.O. Civic Center Banquet Hall from 11-4pm

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Three thermometers

24 Sep

Lauren owns three digital thermometers…we once had four but I threw one out.

Why would we need so many?

Well earlier this year our first digital thermometer started acting wacky. It wasn’t the most high-end digital but it also wasn’t the cheapest. It was kind of sucky in that it took about a minute (which always felt like 20) to finally settle on a final reading. One day my thermometer seemed to have become increasingly “sucky” when it just couldn’t read Lauren’s temperature and instead annoyingly read a capital letter L in place of a number. Later that same day when I tried again it read 32 degrees Celsius by an underarm reading – a ridiculous temperature, one that would mean she is hypothermic. I had a enough and tossed my thermometer in the trash and headed to the pharmacy to buy a higher end version.

While Lauren was at home with one of our amazing caregivers, I headed to Pharmaprix to scope out a more expensive digital thermometer. After comparing a few and shelling out a little over 30 dollars, I came home armed with a fancy quick reading digital thermometer that even had fun colour displays so you couldn’t mistake if your child had a fever.

Upon arriving home I tried out my new masterpiece of digital thermometry and do you know what it read… L, a capital L!!! I was enraged, I couldn’t believe that I had bought a dud. I left the house a second time that day and headed to the Dollarama to buy a two dollar digital just to see what it would say, I didn’t want to spend another 30 dollars – I couldn’t understand how I managed to acquire two malfunctioning thermometers, I mean that’s a bit crazy isn’t it!?

The cheap thermometers (I bought two this time) that I arrived back home with gave readings (probably because Lauren had warmed up) it was 32.2 degress celsius by underarm and 33.4 rectal. She was cold, and I mean really cold.

I remember the panic at the time, I felt helpless and so completely frustrated. I had heard that temperature regulation could be a problem for our kids (kids with Krabbe disease) but I hadn’t seen anything like it before. My daughter was so cold that to kiss her cheek would leave your lips chilled, it reminded me of kissing a child’s face who had been playing outdoors on a cold day. I spoke to our doctors and nurses, and it seemed that there wasn’t much I could do but keep her bundled and wait for her temperature to rise.

The worst part about it, the absolute suckiest part – Lauren gets multiple spasms that are very uncomfortable when she is cold.

These temperature drops seem to come and go, sometimes lasting only a few hours, other times half a day. We are as used to them now as we can be, but we will never be at ease with it.

Tonight she is cold… 32.2 degrees and I hate it. Along with her temperature drop came the spasms. Her little arms flail up and shake, she has small seizures and pained tiny screams pass her sweet cold lips.

We had such a wonderful day together that it was going to be the original topic of my blog. I love sharing the fun times that we spend with Lauren, like how she went swimming this afternoon and loved it. I also wanted to share how her first city council meeting went (she’s a very involved citizen you know!).

Instead I decided to let you in on just one of the consequences that this terrible, awful, horrible, disgusting disease has on my darling princess Lauren. As I type this she is lying next to me bundled up in layers of blankets with a warm buddy sheep and a giraffe hot water bottle, she is medicated with Tylenol and Ativan which have finally kicked in since I can hear her snoring softly. Our dog Buddy is affectionately curled up by her feet, protecting his big sister the best way he can.

If you have a moment to think or pray about our daughter, I would really appreciate it. Please pray for this to pass quickly so that we can greet tomorrow’s new adventures openly. We are so blessed to have Lauren in our lives. She is a strong little fighter and she has been doing so well considering everything she has to go through.

I’m going to leave you with a sweet picture of Lauren and her dog buddy taken just yesterday. I already shared these through our Facebook page but wanted to make sure that everyone had a chance to see them.

Tomorrow I will update you on Lauren and how her night went and hopefully spend more time on the “fun” moments.

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