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Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Update on Maddox
First, thanks to everyone who has e-mailed, commented on my previous post, called and twittered with prayers and best wishes for Maddox. It really means a lot to us.

Second, we've gotten some good news about Maddox over the past few days. A trip to the cardiologist determined that his heart is perfectly healthy. And, just this morning, we found out that his cystic fibrosis test was negative. Those were both a huge relief!

First Steps came out to evaluate him this morning and they suggested that silent reflux may be the cause of most of his problems. After looking up the symptoms, Maddox has almost all of them.

We are heading to Cincinnati on Friday to see a pediatric gastroenterologist. We should be able to get some insight into any reflux issues then.

As for his RSV, he is just about over it. His appetite is improving and he is almost back to his old self.

I'll post another update on Friday once we see the gastroenterologist.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Really rough week for Maddox
Don't really know where to begin with this post other than to say that it has been a really rough week for Maddox and the rest of the family.

Maddox and me

First, Maddox has been sick for the past week with what we thought was just a cold. After a trip to the pediatrician, we found out that he had Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) which is a viral infection that really hits infants hard. It causes cold-like symptoms, congestion and can easily lead to pneumonia or bronchitis. He hasn't wanted to sleep (which means Amy has had almost no sleep for the past week) and he hasn't wanted to eat.

Speaking of eating, at the same doctor's visit, we found out that Maddox has fallen way behind in terms of his weight. At his previous checkup, he was 75th percentile in weight. Now, at 6 months, he is under the 5th (yes, 5th) percentile.

This puts him in the "failure to thrive" category that requires further testing. There are a ton of disorders and diseases that could lead to failure to thrive. Many of them are very serious including cystic fibrosis, metabolic issues or malabsorption issues.

The first round of blood tests and a chest x-ray didn't really reveal anything that clued the doctor in on what is going on.

Our next steps are to see a cardiologist, a gastroenterologist and have more blood tests to check for hepatitis and a sweat test to rule out cystic fibrosis. As you can imagine, we are pretty freaked out about all of this.

Maddox in front of the tree

Today, he had to return to the pediatrician because he was really congested and was having some wheezing. Doctor told us that the RSV is the cause and that we will need to start doing breathing treatments for the next few days to make him more comfortable. He also said that the RSV could possibly affect his lungs throughout the winter and make him more susceptible to respiratory issues in the next few months.

Normally, I would consider this to be about the worst week we could imagine; however, we got more news at a visit to a plastic surgeon. We had noticed that Maddox' head was misshapen. This isn't uncommon with infants; however, his seemed to be pretty severe. Turns out that our suspicions were correct and that he has a severe case of plagiocephaly (which is basically a fancy way to say that his skull is misshapen).

Treatment will require the use of a special molding helmet that will be used to reshape his head over the next few months. It will start out as just a couple of hours per day, but quickly becomes something that he will wear 22 hours per day.

He was fitted for the helmet yesterday and we got to pay the first $325 (of the $1200+). Should have the helmet in a few weeks.

So, if you were wondering why I have been a little off over the past few days, now you know :) I generally don't like to bother other people with our problems; however, I felt like I had to get this off my chest. Those of you with kids know that there is absolutely nothing worse than when your kids are sick.

Whether you believe in prayers, positive vibes, good thoughts or happy little trees (yeah, I'm down with Bob Ross), please send a few our way if you get a chance.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Fantasy Football 2007 ends (thankfully)
My fantasy football season came to an end in humiliating fashion by losing to one of the worst teams in the the league, The Big Bombers. That loss completed a season-ending 3-game losing streak that resulted in a 4-10 record.

I've played fantasy football for 7 or 8 years now and this is my first time I've had a losing record.

As with last season, everything (IMNSHO) depends on how well you draft. Last year, I chose Larry Johnson over LaDainian Tomlinson as my first pick. I lost in the Super Bowl to the team that had... LaDainian Tomlinson.

This year's automated draft was far worse. My first pick was Laurence Maroney. Don't know why the fantasy site ranked him so high; however, he should not have been the 9th overall pick. He's been on my bench all season. My second round pick was Drew Brees who didn't start producing until late in the season (after I dropped him).

Good luck to The Magnums (12-2), The Dental Dames (10-4), Killdozer (10-4) and FMFU! (10-4) in the playoffs.

Next year, I think we will try a live draft. Not only will it be more fun, but I think it will eliminate a lot of excuses and end-of-season whining (like the post you're reading right now).
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Happy 4th Birthday, Mira!
Today is Mira's 4th birthday. It's hard to believe she is already 4. It seems just like yesterday that she was born.

Just arrived
December 6, 2003

We're opening gifts this morning before I head to work. Then we're having a small party for her and a few of her friends at Chuck E. Cheese this evening. Hopefully, she'll have a great day.

Here are a few photos from previous birthday celebrations:

Mira really likes her tent!
Her 1st birthday

Mira screaming
Her 2nd birthday

Her 3rd birthday
Redbox is my new way to rent DVDs
I tried Redbox for the first time last night (read this post on Practical Gadgetry about my experience) and, this afternoon, I downgraded my Blockbuster account to their cheapest plan.

I can't completely get rid of Blockbuster because they are my main source of HD-DVDs. So I've opted for their 1 out at a time plan with 2 monthly in-store exchanges for $9. Depending on the flow of new HD-DVDs after the holidays, I will probably ditch BB altogether and simply buy the HD-DVDs that I know I want to keep.

I am betting that I would only rent 5-6 movies per month if I only picked up a movie when I wanted to watch one. Most of our Blockbuster rentals sit around for several days before we get around to watching and returning them. Plus, with Redbox, I get the instant gratification of being able to watch a movie that night without having to step foot in a BB store (which I try to avoid at all costs).

I'll post more on this once I've rented more movies from Redbox.
Monday, December 3, 2007 holiday party recap
Just got back from the holiday party in downtown Louisville. Had a great time.

There were quite a few people that I know from Forge Louisville or the Tech Enterpreneurs Meetup including organizers Todd Earwood and Rob May, Daily Idea host Nikki Key, Scott Drake, Ben and Erica Thomas, Joe and Amy Wheeler, Matt Winn, Ashley Cecil, Brian Heil, Melanie and Joshua Rosenthal and Michelle Jones.

I met several people like Jason Falls, Jay Bowman, Chad Holder and Nick Huhn whom I knew online. It was nice to meet them in person.

I also ran into an old friend, Jesse Lucas, who I hadn't seen in a while. Jesse has one of my favorite personal websites. Jesse and I gave Joe and Amy Wheeler a long, disturbing lesson on Halo 3 multiplayer behavior that they won't soon forget.

Conversations were all over the place. Talked about Profilactic, which was featured in an awesome video promo on Daily Idea today (Thanks again, Todd!), Facebook, the Drobo, the iPhone, Rock Band, favorite hard drive vendors, Memphis panhandlers and college football.

Of course, as soon as Jay Bowman and Todd Earwood put me on the spot with their video camera rolling, I blanked. Todd asked what I wanted most for Christmas. I couldn't think of anything. Todd bailed me out by saying, "When you own, you already have everything you could ever want."

A smaller crowd hung out until about 9:30 and came up with lots of new domain name and business ideas. The thought of Jason Falls in leather chaps will be with me for quite a while.

About Shawn Morton

Married father of 6; VP of Social Media at JPMorgan Chase; gluten-free; gadget enthusiast; hair metal aficionado; #Movember man View more on LinkedIn.