Friday, October 31, 2008

iGive.com

I found this awesome way to raise a little money for Cole's trust to help towards tuition for his school. Check out this letter that I sent out to every email address I currently have in this computer. I am certain that I can find some more (past baseball rosters, etc) that have been tucked away.

With each click in the search engine it is only pennies donated but imagine if everyone we have known used it and everyone they knew used it...and so on and so on! And, it cost you no money to use this to search the wonderful web! It is quickly becoming that time of year to start your Christmas shopping and if you do any shopping online (very nice with our very busy lives) then it does no harm to see if iGive has the place you are looking for. They even offer great sales and coupons. Best of all, you are not out any extra money and a small percentage of sales is donated from the store to the Cole Keathley Support Trust IF you pick his cause to support!

Please see the letter I sent below and feel free to copy and send to all of your contacts to help us be able to continue to send Cole to Special Care School....that he LOVES so much! Thank you!


Hi there!

I've found a cool way to raise money, every time I shop online or search the web, and I think you should check it out:
http://www.iGive.com & http://www.iSearchiGive.com
http://www.iGive.com/welcome/warmwelcome.cfm?c=48677&m=589164

I'm using iGive.com to raise money for Cole Keathley Support Trust, every time I shop online at any of their 735 participating stores. And when I search the web through iSearchiGive.com (a new search engine powered by Yahoo!), I'm raising a penny or more for my cause every time. Guess what, even window shopping can help! When I visit online stores through iGive.com, each visit counts as an entry in their $50,000 Surfathon sweepstakes where I can win a prize for my cause! They're giving away $1000 in prizes, every month through the end of the year! I hope you'll join me for more chances to win - just create your free iGive account and check out their stores. You don't even have to buy anything!

If you do happen to make a purchase through iGive within 45 days of joining, they'll donate an EXTRA $5 to your favorite cause! With 735 stores in the iGive Mall and the new iSearchiGive.com search engine, it's easy to find the things you need AND raise money for a good cause.

HOW IT WORKS:

1. Join iGive.com to support Cole Keathley Support Trust
It's free, safe, and easy to join.
http://www.iGive.com/welcome/warmwelcome.cfm?c=48677&m=589164

Don't feel like registering?
Take iSearchiGive.com out for a spin and raise a penny (or more!) per search. Just visit http://www.iSearchiGive.com and type "Cole Keathley Support Trust" in the "Select Your Cause" area

2. Shop through iGive.com's online mall
~ OR ~
Raise a penny search at iSearchiGive.com
The iGive Mall features over 700 trusted online retailers like Lands' End, Staples, NORDSTROM, JCPenney, eBay, Expedia.com, Barnes & Noble, QVC, & PETsMART to name just a few! You'll NEVER pay more when you reach these stores through iGive.com. And if you take advantage of the coupons and free shipping deals posted at iGive, you might even save a few bucks! Their newest service, iSearchiGive.com, is Yahoo!-powered search engine where each qualified search earns a penny (or more!) for your cause.

3. Watch the $ roll in for Cole Keathley Support Trust!
Up to 26% of EACH purchase through iGive benefits your cause, along with a penny (or more!) per qualified search at iSearchiGive.com. Make that first purchase within 45 days and get a bonus $5 donation, too! And the more stores you visit, the more chances to win a prize for your cause during the Surfathon!


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Use this link to JOIN iGIVE FOR FREE and begin supporting
Cole Keathley Support Trust:
http://www.iGive.com/welcome/warmwelcome.cfm?c=48677&m=589164

Don't feel like registering?
Take iSearchiGive.com out for a spin and raise a penny (or more!) per search. Just visit http://www.iSearchiGive.com and type "Cole Keathley Support Trust" in the "Select Your Cause" area.
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I hope to see you at iGive.com soon!
All proceeds will help fund his schooling at Special Care where he receives the care and the therapies he needs to help him to learn to live with his Cerebral Palsy. You can see his blog for info about him at http://caringforcole.blogspot.com/
Please forward this info to all of your contacts and ask for their support for this cause for Cole Keathley.
Thank you so much!!
- Leanna and Joe Keathley

P.S. iGive.com would like you to know that all the causes at iGive.com have been listed by members for their own and others' benefit. They don't endorse the causes, and the causes don't endorse them. But I DO! So, c'mon, click on that link above.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Pumpkin Patch

video

We hope you enjoy these pictures as much as Cole enjoyed his quick visit to the pumpkin patch.

On Friday, October 17th, Cole's school (Special Care) prepared for their trip to the TG Farms Pumpkin Patch for a morning of fun. They offered a petting zoo, corn & hay maze, hayride, pony rides, tricycle races, concessions, and a general store. As you leave, you are also welcome to pick a pumpkin to take home with you.

Since we missed our aqua therapy the previous Friday (due to being ill), we decided we would join the class afterwards. I knew the main event Cole would want to participate in would be the hayride. As you can see, he truly loved this. He was so excited through the whole ride. He was not too sure about the sun being in his eyes while I was trying to get his picture with a pumpkin though.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Shingles and Hand, Foot & Mouth

Can you even imagine it? Yes, poor little Cole had both of these at the same time!

He has had a cold for at least the past month and twice I had sent Joe with him to see his pediatrician. The first time I was certain he had an ear infection. We had been up most of the night and he 'seemed' to be trying to get to his ear. The doctor sent them home with "It's just a common cold.". Once again, I just knew 'something' was going on as his lymph nodes in his neck were swollen (Grandma was the one to point this out first). You guessed it..."It's just a common cold. No infection.".

The Sunday before last, I was forced to camp out on the floor in Cole's room. At one point his temperature reached 105.6. Now, before you think I am a bad mom for not taking him to the ER, keep in mind this is my third child and I know they would simply give him Tylenol or Motrin and make sure his fever went down. I figured he would be much more comfortable at home than sitting in a waiting room. So, I gave him meds and checked his temp every 15 minutes.

It was my turn to take Cole in to see the doctor the next morning since I had made Joe look silly twice already. I confirmed with our pediatrician that I am NOT that over-protective paranoid mom that I was starting to appear to be. I explained how high his fever had gotten, that he had screamed all night and would not eat or drink as his mouth was swollen. He checked Cole's ears, throat and chest and said there was still no infection but he would give us a prescription for Amoxicillon to try to get rid of whatever he had.

Before we left I remembered seeing a rash on his right knee and asked what that may be. When I pulled up his pant leg we could see that the rash now had pustules. The doctor examined the rash and determined it was shingles. Hmmm, strange! I thought that only adults got shingles, but apparently not.

I could not imagine that Cole had shingles in his mouth but knew his mouth/throat was swollen and he would not eat. Then, I find out he had been exposed to Hand, Foot, and Mouth disease. This is fairly common in daycare/school settings as it is a virus. Most adults have built up enough immunities so it is not as common for them to get this.

On the positive side of things both only lasted a little over a week. Cole is currently taking Neurontin (anti-convulsant/seizure meds) to help him sleep, he does not have seizures. I was told they often use Neurontin to help with the pain associated with the shingles. For that week I gave him a dose at both, morning and night. Now we are back to only at bed to help him sleep and both viruses are gone.