Saturday, March 28, 2009

The Addy Mac Pack - 2009 Raffle

The Addy Mac Pack - 2009 Raffle

Buy a ticket today to win The Addy Mac Prize Pack-age
*All proceeds from the raffle will be donated in full to the March of Dimes*
1 for $ 10
6 for $ 50
15 for $100
The Addy Mac Prize Pack-age is valued at OVER $1,000!
The lucky winner will receive the following items and more!!
Diamond Pendant
Teeth Whitening
Multiple Massages
Nambe Candle Sticks
Tattoo & Piercing
Baby Girl Gift Basket
Bicycle Tune Ups
Fashion Jewelry
Oil Change
Variety of Restaurant Gift Certificates
& multiple other prizes!
Our family team, The Addy Mac Pack, has joined thousands of compassionate teams across the country that support March for Babies. We are walking in memory of Riley Parker and to support the continued health of Addison Mackenzie, as well as all other babies.
The March of Dimes champions the needs of moms and babies in our community and across the nation. The money we raise for March for Babies will support lifesaving research, services, education and advocacy that help babies get a healthy start. Please help us exceed our 2008 fundraising efforts to help these little ones have a fighting chance.
Don’t delay… buy your tickets today!
Thank you to our 2009 local sponsors for their generous donations of prizes and gift certificates…
Helzberg Diamonds – Crystal Lake
Alkali Tattoo – Janesville
RidgePoint Dental – Lake in the Hills
Clix – Crystal Lake
Books in the City – Chicago
Barnes & Noble – Crystal Lake
First Institute School of Massage
Red Robin
Massage Envy – Schaumburg
Village Cyclesport – Barrington
Bone Fish Grill – Algonquin
Crystal Lake Ski & Bike
Jackie Kohl, Student Massage Therapist
Little Villa – Mt. Prospect
Richard Walker’s – Crystal Lake
Jiffy Lube
Famous Dave’s Conscious Cup Coffee Roasters – Crystal Lake
Any Nails – Mt. Prospect
Benedict’s La Strata – Crystal Lake
Peep’s – Arlington Heights
Designs that Shine
Doodles by Dee Dee

Monday, March 16, 2009

Can you spot what's missing???

For those of you who don't know, Addison came home after her shunt revision surgery the very next day - WITHOUT OXYGEN! She only needs to use her oxygen at night when she's sleeping. She's been doing fantastic without it! Addy has been doing pretty well post operative. She did have another stay in the hospital last week due to a fever however she was released after one night. Her Neurosurgeon didn't want to take any chances after just having surgery. We still have no idea what the fever was from however signs seem to be pointing to her teeth. She has FINALLY cut a tooth - just a very small part of it. I can't wait until it's poking out so you can see it when she smiles! Addy did go to the doctor today because she has a cough/runny nose however he said she's doing fine with it - her lungs sound clear and she isn't requiring any oxygen so we're just supposed to keep an eye on her and let it run it's course! In other exciting Addy news - she laughed for the first time last week! Full on laughter - it was great. Shelly was tickling her and she started giggling. Then today, I got her to laugh! It's the coolest thing to hear. Addy has an MRV this week to check on how her shunt is doing since the surgery. We're assuming well since she's back to her old self again!

I wanted to take another opportunity to remind everyone that we're walking in this year's March for Babies which benefits March of Dimes. Without March of Dimes and the research it has done - Addison would not be with us today. Please consider donating to March of Dimes via Addison's page at The money raised will help other babies, like Addison, get their chance. Believe me, I know times are tough - even if you can donate $1, it helps.

Love to all...

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Guess who's back???

That's right! This is a picture of Miss Addy about 2 hours post op. Addy went in for shunt revision surgery around 3:30 today. The surgery went pretty quickly. The Neurosurgeon let us know that the portion of her shunt that goes into the ventricles of her brain was completely clogged and that this IS how Addy reacts when she is having a shunt malfunction. He let us know that they were just finishing getting her back into her room and that the nurse would let us know when we could see her. He was very pleased with how surgery went.

The nurse came and got us shortly after and we walked into Addy's room where our little squirt greeted us with the biggest grin. I instantly started crying that our girl was back! She was smiley and talking. You could tell she felt SO much better.

Big, BIG thank you to all of you for sending positive vibes to Addy today. It obviously paid off.

Below is a picture of Addy's incision. They obviously had to shave her gorgeous hair (which they saved for "Addy's first haircut") but it's right above her original incision which most of you know is completely covered by her hair! :o)

Surgery Number Nine

Addison was admitted into the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) Wednesday. About 2:30 p.m. Addy woke up from her nap very irritable and lethargic. We called the Neurosurgeon on call at Children's Memorial who told us to bring Addy in immediately. Luckily, Dr. Bowman - Addison's usual Neurosurgeon was working. After a ton of blood work and a CT scan, it was determined that Addy would have emergency surgery to determine if she was having a shunt malfunction. Unfortunately, her labs came back that her Potassium was a bit low so surgery has been rescheduled until this morning so the doctors are able to get her Potassium back to where they like it. Please keep baby girl in your thoughts. We all know she's a trooper but can always use the extra love! I'll keep everyone posted.