Food Fun!

Food Fun!

Please feel free to share these food pics, as long as you credit and link back to my blog page where you found the food pic.

Thanks & enjoy!

😀

Hollow bell of Trombone cake
with removable large and small mouthpieces at far, right end
Hollow bell of trombone cake
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Trombone cake 2012
Front view of husband's 2012 birthday cake
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Strawberry Cake
Hope & Faith - celebrating birthdays together
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Easter Cross Cake 2011
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Creamy Parmesan Shrimp and Okra
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Orange Cream pastry, sliced open
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Chocolate “Lasagna” Cake
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Wedding Reception cake
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Easter Cross Cake 2010
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Side view of iPod Birthday cake 2010
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Steelhead Trout
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Corned Beef Brisket, Cabbage & Carrots
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Glazed Roasted Duck a l’Orange
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Coconut Macaroons
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Lemon Ginger Shrimp & Scallops over Wilted Spinach
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No improvement … more aggressive treatment

If you’ve been to my About PANDAS/PITAND & Links page, you’re aware that Major Depression is a symptom in approximately 36 % of cases.  In Faith’s case, this has reached an urgent level as she is having disturbing thoughts.  We discussed it at length yesterday with her counselor and are ensuring her safety.  Her medical doctors are aware.

We met with her Pediatrician this morning, who ran yet another strep test… which was yet again – positive – even on a strong dose of oral antibiotics twice daily.  😦 This means that the antibodies are still active due to the recurrent strep throat infections and that the antibodies continue to attack the basal ganglia in her brain…. for over a year now.

He ordered antibiotics via Intravenous infusion for 14 days.

After FOUR needles sticks (not her nurses fault or hers… nurse is skilled and Faith has good veins – we think the catheters are defective), we achieved an access!  Four nurses in the room working on it… counting Momma RN, me.  The staff nurses were great and Faith was soooo patient and calm – I was so proud of her!!!  The infusion ran fine.

We are due at children’s hospital first thing in the morning for PICC line placement.  Her nurse established daily infusions of the antibiotic for her.  Our doctors are consulting about her next high dose IVIG infusion.

The troubling thoughts continue at this point… we hope that in eradicating the strep infections and arresting the auto-immune process, we’ll be able to finally stop the relentless attacks by the antibodies in the basal ganglia region of her brain.

We *KNOW* that we are in God’s loving hands.  We *KNOW* that He *WILL* heal her in His time and we rely on Him.  In appreciation of your prayers, love and support…

High Dose IVIG more often

As most of you are probably aware at this point, Faith improves a little more after every IVIG infusion; however, at just past three weeks from the last infusion, she starts to decline again.  Clearly, while it helps her, she is not yet stable.  Also, she continues to test positive for strep throat (as recently as Wednesday of this week), even on antibiotics and with the high dose IVIG infusions… she has not really cleared a strep infection in over a year.

I’ve been pursuing more research literature on Pubmed/Medline as well as meeting with doctors to seek help and determine what treatment plan they think would be best for her.

Our specialist (Immuno) wants to have Faith do IVIG every four weeks until she stabilizes.  At that point, he will re-evaluate and determine what she needs next.

So, this is a HUGE praise that she will finally be on a better track and we are hopeful that in time the treatment will help her.  Please keep in mind though, that this must be scheduled for the next infusion (she is already over 5 weeks since her last one at this point), so we are not looking at her being able to have this immediately.  Additionally, while repeat IVIG does WORK and help children with PANDAS, we’re talking about a child who has been sick for quite a while…. years… probably about 6 years and this is her second severe exacerbation.  We can’t anticipate healing to be immediate… it will take time – likely months… but we ARE hopeful that it WILL happen for her… at least much better than she is now… how much recovery, we do not yet know.  We continue to pray and trust that she… and we… are in God’s hands.

Thank you for your continued prayers for my sweet, precious daughter… God is listening and He is with us.  ♥

Strep throat and another trip for IVIG infusions

I am sick with strep throat.  Faith is not feeling well either and thinks she has it too… entirely possible.  We leave first thing in the morning to fly to the infusion center for her next 2 day IVIG infusion… please pray for us; the last few days have been difficult and I’m concerned about how this trip will go for us; we are entirely in God’s hands.  Thank you!

PANDAS 2010 – The Year of Hope…

Rough day today… just needed to post this, more to re-claim my own hope, than anything else:

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