Monday, April 11, 2011


Tripp's good days have lessened just a little in the past week.  We started him on an antibiotics again- I could tell his mouth was swollen and bothering him really bad.  And also his little sores around his neck start to drain a lot where you can tell they're infected.  I started Augmentin on Friday, and usually within the first few days, he starts to feel great... but they aren't working like they usually do.  He is still managing to play and show off a bit, but I can tell that he's still hurting a lot more than normal.  He's also got belly problems from them this go round, even on his super duper probiotics.  So when you have to change him so much more often... he's NOT a happy camper. 

But now are you ready for the best news EVER??  I finally got him a prescription for Versed for bath time!!  Versed is given to children before medical procedures or before anesthesia for surgery to cause drowsiness, relieve anxiety, and prevent any memory of the event.  Don't ask me why we haven't been giving it up until now, because once I asked his terrific doctors for it, I had the prescription the next day. I guess the only time I ever asked for it was in the hospital and the doctors there couldn't send it home with me.  Versed is what they give Tripp before all of his surgeries that makes him loopy and HILARIOUS.  And O MY GOODNESS... when I gave it to him Saturday for bath, he actually let me put him on the table without crying, sat up and let us unwrap his bandages, and then (prepare yourself) he was SHAKING HIS SHAKER in the bathtub.  I'm not kidding.  That has NEVER happened in the past two years.  Now, I may be a little ahead of myself with bragging about this, because today is bath day again, but hopefully this medicine will do the trick for each bath from now on.  I mean, don't get me wrong, he still cried... and you could tell the water still hurt him.  But he was so loopy that he would cry for a few seconds, then it was like he would forget and start playing again.  It did make him a little irritable when it was wearing off after bath, though.  But we have to pick our battles, I guess.  I will give him whatever it takes to make the bath time pain and anxiety go away.  
Thank you to Tripp's one of a kind doctors- Dr. Rodriguez and Dr. Defusco.

And through everything, he STILL manages to do this-

Here he figured out that he could pop open this toy on his head.  
Could it have made a blister... yes.  Can you tell him no... no.
He was CRACKING up... so were we :)
This laugh is what I LIVE for.

He recently discovered that he can make a new sound with his trach:)

That's why he's my HERO.

Also, I got the best surprise last week.  The girls from Dr. Agena's office (My OB who delivered Tripp) stopped by the house and brought me a huge basket filled with some pretty awesome and very generous surprises and goodies.  They also brought Tripp a basket and got to meet him as well.  He had just woke up so he wasn't interested at first, but right before they were leaving, he popped up and showed off for them.  So I want to give a big THANK YOU to Lyndsi, Tamie, Courtney, PJ and all the staff members at the North Oaks Ob/Gyn Clinic.  I was in awe at how thoughtful your gifts were.  I am so very grateful to you all.  

I think Tripp liked his basket, too:)
That's a smile, in case you were wondering. 



  1. It made me giggle thru some tears to see him raise his hand when asked who's a bad boy. Bless his heart. Praise God you now have Versed for bath time what a blessing that is, anything to make baths easier on his sore little body. I had a skin condition on my foot years ago that made it blister and peel it just plain looked burndt all the time and when I had to get wet I used to cry for an hour afterwards. Tripp is such a brave little boy, he is so blessed to have such a good and loving mommy like you. Praying for yah'll

  2. I love the laughter in the videos~ Tripp is so adorable! Good news about the versed! Great idea! Hugs to all!

  3. So glad you got what you asked for in making his bathtime better. Tripp is such a great lil guy he just makes me laugh at all the things he does.

  4. Aw, that smile could melt a million hearts! I love his pride in being a bad boy, LOL.
    YAY for Versed! Great stuff, and I think it is great for him to have a more peaceful bathtime. YAY for great doctors!

  5. That's pretty amazing! That boy has some MOVES!

  6. I just love his videos, he is all boy and so funny and cute! Im so glad you were able to get something to help him with bath time, I agree we pick our own battles, and your his mama so you know best! hugs and prayers always Sheila

  7. Oh Courtney: Tripp just keeps getting cuter and cuter. Love the videos. He always makes me smile. Tripp is one very special and precious little boy. Happy that bath time is getting easier for him.
    Always praying for you guys. Keep the Faith. Love and lots of Hugs Leah's Nana

  8. I tell you what! That kid is so funny! He cracks me up! I get so tickled by him that at some point I don't even see the sores on him. He is just a regular little boy. You can tell he is super, super smart. I swear when he was shaking his butt in the earlier post, I almost peed my pants! LOVE HIM!

  9. SOOO happy that his baths are a little easier now. I just absolutely adore reading about little Tripp... I swear I just LOVE him to death... his videos put a smile on my face. He is such an inspiration!

  10. I'm glad the versed works well for him and BOTH of your bathtimes anxieties have kinda vanished. I dont know what I'd do if one of my kids hated the tub.
    He's simply beautiful!

  11. I just found your blog and wanted to say hi! Tripp is just beautiful! Thinking of you, and I hope to catch up on a lot of your posts and read more. From what I've read, you're amazing momma! :)

  12. Oh he is just the sweetest. I really love seeing all your videos. Praying for Tripp as always.

  13. His laughter is the best!! And his grins crack me up - I love how his entire face just lights right up!!

  14. Tripp's video's are the best. I really laugh out loud when watching them! I loved when he raised his hand for being a fussy boy and a bad boy! His video's give my a big smile on my face. He is soooo cute!!! I am sooo glad that you got Tripp the versed. I had versed before my hip surgery. Your OB GYN office is sooooo nice!! That was so nice that they brought you gift baskets!! I pray for Tripp every time I pray! Take Care!

  15. This boy AMAZES me. Every day! So glad the versed is helping him through his bath. It's so funny how loopy it makes kids!

    And both of you deserve every bit of those wonderful baskets - what a terrific OB-GYN group!

    Hope the rest of your week is good - praying as always!

    Love from TX,

  16. YAY for Versed! Oh MAN, that stuff is a life saver! So glad to hear you were able to get your hands on some. Your doctors really are awesome. Sorry I haven't been commenting as often, we're still here with you, though. We love you and hold you in our hearts. Love to the whole family, Tim

  17. Hearing Trip laugh brought tears to my eyes and so much joy to my heart. So grateful for you that the versed provided some relief. In our prayers always..

  18. That laugh is the sweetest sound! And that boy has amazing rhythm!

    I am so glad to hear that the Versed gives Tripp some bathtime relief.