Archive for September, 2011

The Birth of Baby Wyatt

September 3rd, 2011

You know, I’m so used to telling Wyatt’s Story, that sometimes I forget that there are other stories starring my little cowboy that aren’t quite as sad.  Take for instance the story of his birth.  Four years ago today, my little Pie Man (or “Baby Pie Pie” as we called him that day) was born and it was one of the happiest days of my life.  I still remember it very vividly.  To commemorate his 4th birthday (yes, he’d be four-years-old today, hard to believe), I’ve posted my original blog from that day as well as a couple of great videos from his first week of life.  Happy birthday little Pie Man.  –Corey

Baby Wyatt is Born

[Below is the unedited, original blog written on the day of his birth]

Wyatt is Born

Wyatt, Only a Few Days Old

After a very stressful several days of waiting until the hospital and our doctor decided to admit us, we finally made it into our room at approximately 8am on Sunday morning, September 2nd, 2007.

For most of the day, the labor process was fairly uneventful.  Trisha began around 8am and was fully dilated by 4:30pm.  I headed out for a minute (when I thought she was about 7 centimeters) and sure enough, leaving the room did the trick because just like with Parker, I was returning to the room when I received the following note from Trish:  “I’m a 10”.  Needless to say, it was showtime!

As with big brother, once it was time, things escalated quickly and it only took a couple of quick pushes to bless us with the birth of baby Wyatt who was born at 5:05pm weighing in at 8 lbs 2 ounces and measuring in at 19 ½ inches long.

There was a little tension after the birth because as expected, he had wrapped the umbilical cord around his neck 3 times (his mom joked that she realized “Wyatt” may be a very appropriate name since he seemed to wield his cord like a lasso!).  Because of the stress this caused during the birth, he had trouble transitioning to normal oxygen levels which left him very pale and short of breath.

But with quick action by the nurses and doctors, he was wheeled over to the NICU where they hooked him up to an oxygen mask and some fluids and it wasn’t long before his color was normal and his eyes were open!

In the end, all is well and both mom and baby are doing great and when Parker was able to see his brother for the first time he couldn’t take his eyes off of him!

The birth of my sons have been the most wonderful experiences of my life and it was wonderful to share the experience with my friends and family… 3 cheers for friends, family and another healthy Leamon boy… welcome to the family Wyatt Reese Leamon (otherwise known as “baby Pie-Pie”), we love you!

–Corey

Baby Wyatt’s First Video

Here is Wyatt’s first video taken the day after he was born as he slept in the hospital. He came into this world at 8lbs 2ounces and 19.5 inches in length.

Parker Loves Wyatt

Most of this footage was taken during Wyatt’s first week of life. It illustrates the almost instantaneous bond he formed with his brother Parker. The pride Parker felt in being a new big brother was truly wonderful and this footage shows that perfectly.

 

Children’s Hospital, Disneyland and Parker

September 1st, 2011

Parker at Disneyland on Wyatt's Birthday

I’m pretty sure that Children’s Hospital Orange County (CHOC) is NOT the happiest place on Earth.  Having had plenty of experience with hospitals over the course of being a father, I can say that this one is fairly decent.  But it sure as hell ain’t Disneyland.

We were packing our car, getting ready to take our annual trip to Disneyland in Anaheim, CA to commemorate Wyatt’s birthday (he would’ve been four-years-old on Friday the 2nd).  We’ve been coming to Disneyland every year at this time, including the year he passed.  This go around, however, we felt almost immediately that this would be a very different trip.  Wyatt’s older brother, Parker who just turned six a couple months ago, was clearly under the weather.  We already had concerns about his health and even had an appointment set with his doctor to test him because we were concerned about him potentially having diabetes.  But as we prepped for our trip, he began to really show signs of being sick (vomiting, lethargy, unquenchable thirst, etc.).  By the time we reached our destination, we new that it was very likely we would be spending far more time with hospital staff than we would with Mickey Mouse and friends.

Anyone who follows the Wyatt Leamon Foundation knows of Wyatt’s Story and since the events of that tragedy has taken place, our family has undergone a massive shift away from traditional Allopathic medicine and more towards a Hollistic lifestyle.  This basically consists of better nutrition, more exercise and preventative care such as Chiropractic.  It’s taken several years, and while our shift has been a positive one, its situations like this that really put it to the test.

As you can imagine, given the massive failures of the medical system that failed Wyatt, we don’t subscribe to rushing ourselves or our children to the doctor.  We believe that given the dangers (one of the leading causes of death in the United States is our medical system including drug reactions, hospital errors and misdiagnosis), going to the doctor and/or taking drugs should be a last resort.  And while we believe we’ve found a good balance between a more natural, healthy lifestyle and less reliance on Western medicine, I’m thankful to report that our parental instincts kicked in at the right time and we prevented what could’ve been another devastating blow to our family.

Parker was taken to the ER at CHOC around 9pm on Wednesday, August 31st.  He had been throwing up most of the day, was asking for water constantly and by the time we reached our hotel room, was weak and we were concerned with him becoming dehydrated.  After a few phone calls and seeing his condition worsen (his eyes literally rolled back into his head), we brought him in, ironic really given we were in Anaheim to celebrate Wyatt’s birth yet 30 days before he passed, we had gone through a similar experience.

Turns out, my beautiful little boy is going to have to manage a life-long disease.  He was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes and when we brought him in, he was in a state called “ketoacidosis”.  This is essentially a spiked blood sugar level that can happen to diabetics where if it isn’t treated, could lead to severe injury including coma. I cannot tell you how freaked out I am as I sit here and write at the thought of what could’ve happened to my son, only three years after we lost Wyatt.  Needless to say, the words “deep end” and “over the edge” come to mind.

But what happens now?  Well, Parker is slowly stabilizing and meeting all expectations for his treatment.  We do expect him to recover and return home soon.  Unfortunately, our Disney celebration of Wyatt’s birthday will not get a chance to take place and instead, we’ll have the pleasure of spending our vacation time in the hospital learning how this life-long disease will impact our family.  Unfortunately, just like Wyatt, he is suffering from an autoimmune disease where his immune system is prohibiting his organs from functioning properly (in this case, his Pancreas from properly regulating insulin in his bloodstream).  Ultimately, this means that he will need to manage this disease the rest of his life and if he falters, the consequences could be deadly.

Parker and Wyatt

So once again, just like after the loss of our son Wyatt, we are left with the lingering questions of, why?  Why us?  Why our children?  Why do these issues continue to haunt our family?  And of course, what of the twins, could they be next?

I am sure that one day, we’ll look back on this and realize we’ve made it past, just like we did with Wyatt.  We’ll know what it’s like to be happy again, I am positive of that.  But for now, this is a very, very sad time for our family as we experience more heartache for what is happening to our children.  It’s just so unfair, so uncalled for and to be frank, I’m so damn tired of this shit.

I do appreciate the fact that the WLF was something we pursued after Wyatt passed.  The research and education we’ve experienced since creating the WLF has taught this family that a healthy lifestyle is a better lifestyle.  And given the nature of the choices we’re already making regarding nutrition and more specifically, sugar, I’m hopeful that our family moving forward is properly equipped to handle the changes we’re going to have to make.  My plan is to document those changes here on our blog and hopefully, they will continue to help and inspire others.

In the meantime, as with Wyatt, we are being inundated with questions for how we can be helped.  I think the best thing you could do is tell Wyatt’s Story and donate to his foundation to help us support this website.  There are even no-cost things you can do to help the WLF and perhaps we will have to expand our article topics into the diabetes realm.

–Corey