January 31, 2009

Great Swimming Today!

Today was the boys Conference meet. It was one of the best swim meets I've seen in quite some time. All the boys had GREAT swims. Conner swam the 200 free and had a great RACE...and RACE it was. He raced with great heart today and dropped 4 seconds and 2 places. He was seeded 9th and came in 7th. The boys came in third....but there were only 9 points between 1st and 3rd. It was a race for 1st up until the very end. I know we had the most parents there and our girls team did a fantastic job cheering their "MEN" on. Each girl had a shirt with one or two boys names and when they turned around they spelled "We (heart) our boys". It was a fantastic day. GREAT JOB CONNER!!! We are so proud of you.
This is Maria....apparently Conner was her man! :)

January 25, 2009

Better days

Conner and I went to see Caitlin yesterday. They had a swim meet and she swam a few events. She's feeling soooo much better and it's nice to see her back to her old crazy, happy, silly self. It was wonderful to see her and I think she was just as happy to see Conner and me. So just wanted to post a quick update. She will start to reduce the Prednisone on Tuesday which makes me happy. I want her off of that as soon as possible. It worked wonders on her gut...but the side effects just suck!

January 19, 2009

Living a new life

As many of you know, Caitlin was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease this past week. While this is not what I want for my child....or any person for that matter....this is now her new life. She has not been feeling well for a while and we had her to the doctor a few times before she left on her Christmas training trip to Puerto Rico. The doctor said she was anemic and her estrogen was low. Okay....so she started iron pills. By the time she returned from Puerto Rico she was doubled over in pain. I went on line and started looking up her symptoms separately and Crohn's disease popped up. After a quick call to a friend that is an Internal Medicine doc, who had the same opinion, I was off to Illinois.

She was into the team doctor Monday morning, the GI doctor Monday afternoon and had a colonoscopy done on Tuesday. The test confirmed the diagnosis. While this disease is chronic, we were somewhat relieved to know what was wrong so that she could begin some sort of treatment. After a few days on the steroids she is feeling much better. Both doctors said there is no reason she can not swim and compete. She's already back in the pool and feels a lot better. Her statement to me was "I'm a swimmer, I've swam 20,000 miles, this disease won't stop me".