Monday, April 25, 2011

Why Chidren's Hospital Boston is so close to our heart

My son, Vasili has Atrial Septal Defect (ASD). Basically it is a hole in his heart. Everyone is born with a hole in their heart, it is called a foramen ovale. It is present in the fetus to allow blood to detour away from the lungs before birth. One in five healthy adults still have a small hole left over.
So now you are probably thinking, what's the big deal? Well, the hole is in the septum, which separates the heart's left side from the right side. When there is a large hole, oxygen rich blood leaks from the heart's left side to the right side. The blood is then pumped back into the lungs. This means the right side of the heart is working extra. In time the extra amount of blood flow in the lung arteries can cause some damage.
So to correct this Vasili will need open heart surgery. If left uncorrected he could live, but could die later of heart failure. There are usually no signs of this defect, just a simple heart murmur, which is what Vasili has. Some children are more susceptible to bronchitis and pneumonia. Vasili had mild pneumonia last spring and this spring was on a nebulizer for a lung infection.
On May 5 (which is also our wedding anniversary) Vasili will have open heart surgery. It's hard to hear, read and think about, especially if you know this very active little man, but we feel confident knowing he is with one of the best Pediatric Cardiology team in the country!
We leave for Boston May 3. He has to have an Echo, EKG, blood work and all his work up early May 4. The hospital offers family housing close by at a very discounted rate so we can stay near him and either my husband or I can stay in his room. He will be in the hospital until May 9 and then we get to come home! But he needs to rest for the next 6 weeks.
We are fortunate enough to have my parents nearby, who will care for Sibylla (3) and Liev (5 months). We are also fortunate to have so many friends who are willing to lend a hand! My mommy's group Toga Tots, my Stroller Strides friends and the Navy and Wardroom Wives are all here to support us!
We will keep everyone updated on his progress!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Up Cycling...what is it?

Up cycling (re purposing) is reusing something to make something else. I recently started using old jeans and pants to make purses and totes! I got tired of having a huge mending pile of things I'd fix, only to have my husband return it with yet another hole! There are only so many patches you can add to jeans or pants! So instead of throwing them away, I decided I could make them into something useful! You can use the entire pair of jeans! You can also re use old wool sweaters and turn them into woolies to go over diapers! Super cute.
I'd like to hear more ideas for up cycling....so add your comment! Tomorrow I'll post a tutorial! Yippee!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Moving in a new direction

As I work on my sewing crafts every night, I can't help but think of moving Busy Bee's into a new direction. I am currently having a new logo made, and am dropping the "baby" from my store. This will hopefully open me up for creating and products in the future. I want to get into the "greener" side of things. I currently carry washable and reusable mops and dusters, but I eventually want to get into upcycling. I also plan to do a few tutorials on this blog! So stay tuned...changes are coming...and they are going to be great!