Thursday, December 23, 2010

angels among us??

There are very few times in my life that I have been speechless....anyone who knows me can vouch for that! The Christmas miracle that happened Tuesday night in the Atlanta airport was definitely one of those times.

I had just sat down to have a quick bite to eat when a fellow passenger from my San Antonio flight asked if he could join me. (Full disclosure here---I thought he was trying to hit on me! quickly learned you shouldn't judge a book by its cover!)

We exchanged the standard "where ya headed?" and "what do you do?"'s and some where along the way I brought up Avery and Rett Syndrome. I gave him an awareness card and talked about the research. I manged to throw in Girlpower2cure and the fund-raising for research they were doing.

He gave me a business card and told me that he and his wife would love to have me and the kids for a getaway and said to shoot him an email and remind him of the conversation we had just had and we said our goodbyes.

I was sitting at my gate when I saw him walk by twice. He came and sat down next to me and pulled something out and started writing. He asked again about girlpower and then handed me a fold check. He explained it wasn't much but he hoped it would help find a cure for avery. He said God bless and Merry Christmas and he was gone. As soon as he walked away I opened the check. What did I find but a $500!!! dollar donation!

Angels walk among us everywhere! I am so glad I shared about Avery and Rett Syndrome.

If you read this John I., thank you, thank you, thank you! Your kind gesture will not go unnoticed.


Monday, November 15, 2010

starting today....

Ok. I have to admit I am such a slacker! I can't believe it has been over 3 months since I posted last. So starting today Im going to start blogging again on a regular basis. I don't know why I really is cathartic.

There is so much that has been going on where do I start! (sorry about the fuzzy pictures---off my phone!)

About a month ago Avery started OT and PT at our local hospital. Avery is working SO hard at therapy. We are seeing some new things that give me hope that Avery could regain some strength in her arms! This is her OT, Jessica. She. Is. Amazing! Not only does she know her stuff in therapy but she lives it every day. Her daughter has Cerebral Palsy. So blessed to have her walk into our lives!

One of the things that we are working on is weight bearing exercises for her arms. Well it must be working because this is how I found Aves asleep a few weeks ago. Sometime in August, Avery lost her ability to walk or stand without support. Its seemed like overnight her foot went from bad to REALLY bad. 2 weeks ago Avery got Botox in her calf to loosen the muscle so we could stretch her foot out through a process called serial casting. The theory is that over the next weeks to a month her calf and heel cord will be relaxed and stretched so she can get new orthotics. The ultimate goal is for Avery to get back one of the few things in life that she really enjoyed--walking. This picture was taken the day she got her cast on. It was the first time she has stood by herself in almost 6 weeks.We also had our Natural History study appointment with Dr. Percy. They are super excited about her weight gain and overall health.
And just a super sweet picture I snapped the other day of a VERY rare smile! I know Avery is a happy girl but boy are smiles hard to get!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Catch up time!

Here is a recap since my last post..... Avery had surgery June 16th. What was supposed to be an 8 day stay turned into a 12 day stay....between seizures and her tummy adjusting to tube feeds we were forced to stay longer. Seizures have continued to plague here since she got out of the hospital. She is now maxed out on 2 different medicines to control them. Hopefully this combination will do the trick! Now for some good news.... Avery has gained almost 3 pounds since surgery. Her little arms actually have some meat :) She is doing really well and seems to love the feeding tube. When she is hungry now she looks at her pump. Mommy is loving the fact that I can give all medicines through her tube! No more fighting :) We are winding down the summer. School starts back August 16th! I know Avery will be glad to go back and see her friends and teachers.She was SOOO happy to be getting out of the hospital!She sat still and let mommy braid her hair....she looks so grown up!
This was taken this past weekend. Her incision and button are doing great!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Birthday party

We had Avery's birthday party a little late this year---but better late than never! She loved all the Elmo stuff---and my smart little girl even tried to blow out her candle!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Happy 4th Birthday!

Avery is 4 years old today. Seems like just yesterday I heard her first cry! God could not have given me a sweeter more perfect daughter! Avery, thank you for bringing so much joy into my life. You really are an angel on earth!

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 * 6lbs 8oz 20 1/4 inAvery's 1st birthday---lovin' that cake!
Avery's second birthday. Rett Syndrome regression was just starting.
Avery's 3rd birthday

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Rett Clinic

Today was Avery's 6 month check up with Dr. Percy. Everything is great. She has lost some weight and gotten taller since our last appointment so they are all very happy that we have opted for the feeding tube. On a bright note, her head is finally growing again! Almost 2 years with little to no growth and now she is finally growing some.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Avery's Pancake Breakfast!

Please come and join us for breakfast with Avery Akins. This breakfast is to raise money for her special needs trust which will help pay for the things that insurance won't. So come out and meet Avery and enjoy some pancakes!! Tickets are $7.00 and can be purchased at the door.

If you are unable to attend but would still like to make a donation, please send checks to:
Foley Lodge #766
404 N Cypress St.
Foley, AL 36535

make checks payable to Foley Lodge 766. Please make sure to put Avery's special needs trust on the check.


--Family 4 pass to the Gulf Coast Zoo X2
--Sailboat Day Trip for 10 on the Cyrus E. King $500

--Weekend Getaway in 6 bedroom house Gulf front
(NO Major Event Weekends) $600

--Kayak Rental for 2

--Waterville 4 pass $120

--Fun Night Bowling/Putt Putt

--Dolphin Dinner Cruise X2

--Hangout Beach Music Festival 2 Tickets $300

--2 Rounds of Golf @ The Wharf $200

--Bellengrath Gardens 4 Pass

--Dinner for 2 @ Original Oyster House

-- 6 hour fishing trip for 1 with Captain Ben Fairey $135

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Rett Syndrome sucks!

Avery has been so stable for so long that I started to allow myself to believe that regression was over. Well it wasn't. Her walking has gotten increasingly worse. She's stiff, rigid and unstable. I begged her neurologist to try medicine to see if it would help. No such luck, in fact it gave her horrible stomach pains. So back to square one.

At the moment, Avery is on 4 medicines daily. Some twice a day. On top of that she is underweight and with every centimeter taller is falling that much more off the growth curve. We have come to the point in this horrible Rett journey that a decision had to be made to give Avery every opportunity to be the best Avery she could be. So on June 16 she will be going into the hospital to have a feeding tube placed. They will also be doing a procedure that will help with reflux. The part that has me the most upset is that because we found out that her stomach empties very slowly she will need an additional part to her surgery. This additional step will require her to stay in the hospital 7 days (at the minimum) and only IV fluids and dextrose for 5 of the those days. I know that in the long run this is going to be an awesome thing for her but no mother ever wants to see her child suffer.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter!

Hope everyone had a great Easter!

Avery and Riley

This post is a bit late but better late than never! Riley Bleske and her family came to the beach for spring break so the girls got to see each other. It always amazes me just how much Avery and Riley look alike.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

April is around the corner....

....and that means 2 things---Autism Awareness month and Dress Up 2 Cure! With all that is going on in my personal life, I didn't think I could extend myself and try and do a team BUT anyone who feels like giving should support Rett Syndrome research and Team Brooklyn! I'm sure anyone who has visited this blog in the past knows how very special that little girl and her mom are to me.
I know times are tough but every penny, every dollar adds adds up to fund research that might one day CURE Rett Syndrome and give us our daughters back. That is something that I can't even begin to put a price on! I ask you, can you give up your morning latte, maybe pass on that late night pizza, skip a movie rental one week???? I challenge you to toss that change/cash in a jar and at the end of April put it towards a cause near and dear to all of us......Rett Syndrome research and our CURE!!!

Sunday, February 14, 2010


Friday, February 12, 2010

Dress up time.

Avery's cousin, Julia, came to play today. Julia loves playing dress-up and wanted Avery to play too. Then Cole got involved and was the King and was dancing with Julia...pure innocence.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010


music to a moms ears!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

catch up photos..

Sorry so long without a post. Here are some catch up photos, Christmas to now.

(Avery at school)

(Avery in her dress her Mama G made for X-mas)(Cole and some of his presents)
(Cole pushing Avery in her princess car)