Saturday, April 08, 2006

Vote For Parker

It was about 10 days ago that I decided that I needed to let the rest of the world know how cute Parker was. I figured I would do this by entering him in a baby photo contest so I hit the web looking for a contest to enter him in. It did not take me very long to find a contest to enter my good looking boy's picture. The theme for the contest was April Fool's Day (silly pictures) so I figured I would enter the picture where he was hidden under the blanket, peeking over his mother's shoulder. So I need everyone to help Parker out and vote once a day for the little man. I posted the link on the right side of the page, so please help Parker win a $50 gift certtificate to Toys 'R Us.

Now I must apologise for not letting people know what was going on with my little man earlier this week. It was quite the busy week for me so I did not have too much time to write. That said, I am back at the computer ready to keep Parker's fans informed of his current heroics.

It was Wednesday evening that Parker spiked a fever of 37.9 degrees Celcius. It is hospital protocol to place a child on antibiotics (IV) whenever the temperature is outide of the range of 37.0 - 37.8. As a result, Parker was placed on antibiotics for 48 hours as we waited to see if a blood culture grew from a sample they took from him. Two days passed, nothing grew and Parker was taken off the antibiotics.

The difficulty with being on antibiotics through an IV is that Parker receives 240 mL of fluid (no calories) throughout the day. This does not make Parker less hungry but it sure does make him less thirsty. The result, Parker eats less and receives fewer calories. My wife and I were definately worried that he would not be gaining weight while he was on the IV. Most of you noticed that we had not weighed him since Wednesday when the IV went in since our schedule at night had changed. We did get a chance to obtain his weight tonight and were pleasently surprised with a large positive weight change. Parker currently weighs over 10 pounds and 11 ounces.

Tomorrow, we are meeting up with a family from the States who also have a child with SCID-ADA. There child is currently nine years old and on PEG-ADA. It will definately be nice to speak with a family who has gone through a very similar situation.

Not sure if anyone caught me on the radio yesterday afternoon. The Hospital for Sick Children was having a radiothon on 1010 CFRB among other stations and I got to talk about Parker's story. Apparently, I did not sound too bad. I did give out this website so that more people can learn about SCID and ADA. If you want a copy, Grand-dad taped it for me.

So remember, let the world know who the cutest baby in the world is by voting for Parker.


nonna said...

Hey Parker,

You are 'THE MAN' not only are you cute but you are a very smart young man. You showed everyone that the I.V. is not going to get in the way of getting bigger & stronger.
Stay strong, stay alert and stay happy.

love you tons

Nonna,Nonno & Grand Nonna

p.s. Your Mommy & Daddy, they're the best!

coolauntiekatie said...

Hiya Peanutbutter!!

I just finished 'voting' for little Parker Joseph!!! I have to say I would have voted for you anyway.........but you were the clear winner!!! You are definitely the King of Cuteness!! I hope you win, and can get some cool stuff from Toys R Us!! Hope you have a fun playing weekend!

Love ya lots and lots,
Auntie Kate xo

nana said...

Hey there our little man!!!

Is there even any doubt as to who is cute and who should win the certificate for Toys 'R ' Us?
How wonderful you are doing in the gaining weight department - you keep that and your strength up and show everybody (doctors and all) how you have what it takes to beat this and come out the true "Winner" . Your daddy was great on the radio. It is not hard to figure out that mommy and daddy are your biggest advocates.

We love you sooooooo much.

Nana and Granddad

Stacia said...

Good Morning little Parker!!!

You are looking wonderful!!! I am so happy to see that!!! I couldn't wait till Monday to see any new posting so I had to sneak a peak today (Sunday)!!! How about lot's of smiles and giggles for your mommy and daddy today, ok little man!!! Love you...

Stace xoxoxox

Natalie said...

Hello Mr. Parker Poo (By far, The Absolute Cutest Baby in the WORLD!!!)
I placed my vote for you today little man! I am so happy that you are gaining weight like a champ!

Give your Mommy and Daddy a hug for me today and while you are at it take a few extra looks at yourself in your little elephant mirror (it is only fair that you should know what all the hype is about my little cutie pie!)

Lots of Love,
Auntie Natalie xoxo

Uncle Michael said...

Hi Parker
Okay, let's get one thing out in the open. I will not sit idly by and watch you try to take over my spot as cutest baby (1969-1970). I appreciate that you are "cute" and "adorable" and "funny" and "the must see movie of 2006..", oh, wait, not the last one..
but I'm currently holding the title (for 36 years) and it's going to be a battle to the end.
Okay, okay, don't make that little pouty face...stop it...ALRIGHT, YOU WIN, YOU WIN! How can I compete with such beautiful little fighter!
I hope you get better soon so we can go over pictures of you and me some day and talk about how you took out the champ!
I love you
Uncle Michael

coolauntiekatie said...

Hiya Parkerface!

Okay...........I am truly embarassed. Just ignore your ridiculous Uncle. This is the type of immature behavior you can expect to endure your whole life. Endless competitions. I know, I know.....exhausting. However, being the most competitive baby of 2006, I know you'll rise to the occassion and this will just make you stronger. sigh. Next thing you know, he'll be bragging about how much more he weighs than you.

Love Auntie Kate