Sunday, September 25, 2011


Beings the CaringBridge website is for family's dealing with a health challenge, and I hope to avoid another major health issue for Olivia in the foreseeable future, I thought it would be more fitting to start a blog to continue with her journey.  Here I hope to offer a glimpse into Olivia's life in regards to living with Cystic Fibrosis as well as what life is like for Olivia as a typical toddler. I will post updates on how Olivia is doing and provide details for upcoming CF related events for anyone interested in attending and or donating to the CFF and Team Olivia. I hope you will enjoy following Olivia's journey.

Thankfully Olivia continues to do well. As I had anticipated with Landen starting preschool this year and acclimating himself to the outside world, both Landen and Olivia came down with a cold the first week of preschool. Luckily, it took just a little more than a week for both of them to get over it. Olivia is on her 3 week antibiotic to treat the staph from her last culture so thankfully her cold didn't develop into an infection. She had a more difficult time with it; spiking a high fever, vomiting a few times because of the drainage mixed with added nebulizer/vest treatments, all which reiterated to me that a "simple cold" isn't that for Olivia. Thankfully though after a week she was back to her normal spitfire self.

As fall settles upon us, we have been enjoying the cooler weather and beautiful fall colors. We have enjoyed seeing the fall leaves change on our nightly bike rides and both kids are quick to point out the changing scenery. Olivia points to the trees and says "yuck" and we're not quite sure why? As Jeff and I have been finishing up some outdoor projects before winter sets in, the kids have found many outdoor activities to keep them occupied  along with "helping" us. In the coming weeks we will be adventuring out to the pumpkin patch and apple orchard for some fall fun and this next weekend we will be celebrating Olivia's 2nd birthday. As I was filling out entries in her baby book today, I was again made aware of how quickly the time has gone by. Reminiscing on the beginning of Olivia's journey and where's she's at today nearly 2 years later continues to amaze me in all that she overcame so quickly and the bubbling little lady she is today, full of energy and so far without a care in the world. I've also realized how much we've all grown and changed over the past 2 years and I find myself very proud of where we all are today as a family. My how the time flies and how quickly life can take unexpected turns! 

On Sunday, October 23rd at 1:00 pm is the 4th annual U of M Breathe Easy 5k for Cystic Fibrosis. The cost is $15 to walk/run when you register as a member of Team Olivia on or before 10/22/2011. More information and to register can be found at: