Saturday, December 27, 2008


The New Year is fast approaching. Do you and your family make new years resolutions? Maybe this would be a good time to commit to making life with a bleeding disorder a bit easier.

Perhaps 2009 will be the year your child or you learn home/self infusion. Maybe you have a older child that is about to venture out on his/her own. This would be a good time to start or continue teaching and guiding them about their insurance, making appointments, calling to request a factor order, the list is long! If you are a newly diagnosed person/family this may be a year of understanding and knowing that it is ok to add to your family!

I encourage you to take a few moments to reflect on the year coming to a close. I know for me having 3 sons with severe hemophilia we had our share of bumps! Some felt like mountains while we were going over them! We became stronger and closer. For the most part 2008 was a successful year! My sons all learned a litte bit more about themselves and their hemophilia as did my husband and I. We all rallied together when a severe bleed seamed more than we could take. As my eldest lay in a hospital bed post hip surgery in horrible pain I struggled to find possitive thoughts and feelings. It is easy to get caught up in how bad a situation is and have your thoughts be negative. I have found looking for the possitive makes a situation a bit more managable. Yes each of my boys spent time in the hospital this year.....some more than others....sometimes more than one in the hospital at a time. I made sure I reminded myself we are lucking to have a great medical facility to care for our boys and factor to help control bleeding. There are many in the world that do not have this luxury.

As 2008 nears an end and 2009 begins, sit down as a family and reflect on what you have learned what you have accomplished. Make a list of what you would like to do to make life with hemophilia just a bit easier in 2009. We can not always control a situation but we can always control how we handle it! So take a deep as parents are doing a great job! Be proud of yourselves!

May 2009 bring you much peace, happiness, and good health!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Ice and the Winter

Hello to you all. I hope you're all ready for the holidays. This is really a busy time for us all. I just thought I would share alittle story. If your son is anything like my 6 year old, he wants to play out in the snow. We had an ice storm last week and he thought it was cool to slide down the drive way to his bus. He made it all the way down without falling. Later that night we went to get into the car and he thought he would try it again. This time he fell and hit his face. Yes he had a knot and a cut on his forehead and check. He's ok now, but I believe he learned the hard way that ice is dangerous. His sister thought she could play on it because she doesn't have hemophilia, but we explained it's dangerous for anyone. I hope to hear from someone out there. Stay safe and Merry Christmas to all. Enjoy every day.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Hemophilia Moms Breakfast Welcome

Good Morning Ladies,
Welcome to our second annual Moms Breakfast
Look out the window it is snowing

Thanks for coming

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

NHF~ Moms Brunch

Just wanted to blog before I left for the airport to go to Denver for NHF. All the Hemophilia Moms are looking forward to seeing many of you at the meeting! I wanted to let you all know about the Hem Mom brunch we are having. It will be Friday morning at 8:00 in the CSL Hospitality Suite. Be sure to ask someone at the CSL Booth to find out the Suite number.

Safe travels to you all! See you in Denver!

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

This is a day many look forward to. Some families enjoy decorating their house for others to enjoy. Others look forward to seeing all the children dressed up, ringing the doorbell and hearing trick or treat! For some families with children with a bleeding disorder it maybe a day of stress.

When my oldest was young and trick or treating it seemed like Halloween was a day he would always get a bleed. Either he would wake up with one or one would develope during the day or while trick or treating. We soon learned that Halloween was a day to infuse no matter what! It sure made the day easier!

I hope you all enjoy the day to whatever extent you desire! Infuse your little trick or treaters and enjoy!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Having more children after one is diagnoised with a bleeding disorder

I wanted to start this new blog after 2 Year Olds Mommy posted a comment. She will soon be having her second child and is wondering how others felt when they were in her shoes.

I have 3 sons all of who have severe hemophilia A. After our first son was born it did take a little bit for us to come to terms with everything that comes with a diagnoises of a bleeding disorder. We had no family history so I was lost! Each time I did go through some of the same feelings and fears. However I would have to say with each birth it was easier! I had a better understanding of hemophilia and how to handle it. I had found out before birth that my second and third sons had hemophilia. By the time I was waiting for the results of our third son I'd have to say I was more worried he did not have hemophilia. I did not want anything to be wrong with my child but hemophilia was now a norm in our family. I was worried I would not know how to parent a child that did not have hemophilia.

You have over a year under your belt with your sons diagnoises. Remember you have learned a lot! The biggest advise I can give you is to enjoy your new baby! Everything will fall into place for you and your family! We are always here for you support you and to celebrate with you! Please keep us posted on your delivery!

Best of luck to you!

Friday, October 10, 2008

NHF...Are you ready?

Can you believe in less than 5 weeks NHF will be in full swing? If you are traveling to Denver for this wonderful meeting are you prepared? Remember to get your travel letter from your HTC so you will not have any problems bringing factor and supplies on board if you are flying. If you will be traveling by car it is a good idea to find out where the HTC's and hospitals are on your route.

Do any of you have some travel tips that have worked out for you? We would love to hear from you!!


Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Factor at School

Well school is well underway for the kids. Hopefully it has been a smooth start for you all!

My two youngest are in 7th and 8th grade this year. They both self infuse so we keep a dose of their factor at school should the need arise. This did take some time on my part to educate the school staff on what it was and why it was a good idea for the boys to have it at school. I am just wondering if any of you have had any problems getting your child's school to allow you to keep factor there. Maybe some of you would like to share your stories of how you have educated your child's school staff. There are so many ways to insure your child has a smooth year at school with his hemophilia not the main focus. Please share your ideas and experiences with us! We love to hear from you all!


Saturday, October 4, 2008

Good Morning all you San Diego Baseball and Golfers

Welcome everyone
Katherine and Yolanda are visiting San Diego at the CSL JNC today
Please tell everyone good luck

Monday, September 29, 2008

New School New Nurse

My son is 14 and a freshman in High School
We have a new school nurse, which means we have to re-educate the educated
They had on his health plan to call 911 for a paper cut, this was a hard sell but I was able to convince them to allow us to pick him up in stead
No seriously they honestly felt that he was that much at risk , so spend the extra time to talk to them have your child show them how he infuses and so on
there are many sources out there for informtion or even in person inservice days with the school
your HTC, homecare and or yourself
remember knowlege is powerfull, share the wealth
others may want to share thier stories

Friday, September 26, 2008

Crazy Things

I have spent the week in and out of the ER and doctors office with my 14 year old. Cody has severe hemophilia A. Sunday he woke up with a very stiff neck that continued to get worse as the day went on. We did factor at home and contacted the hemotologist. We went into the ER to check for a neck bleed and to make sure all was ok with the airway. Things did not get better over the next few days so they ended up admitting him to the hospital. Cody's neck was causing him quite a bit of pain and his head was always off to his left side. Many tests and imaging were done. What we found shocked us all! He has a clot in his jugular vein. Yes, my son with severe hemophilia had all of this pain from a blood clot! And guess what the treatment is? Several weeks of blood thinners....but he has hemophilia and if there is one thing we have all been told over and over again is you do not give blood thinners. We are trying to give daily infusions of factor with his daily injection of blood thinner. I am wondering if any of you moms out there have experienced anything like this? I've been searching the internet for days without much luck so I thought I would reach out to all of you!

Looking forward to hearing from you all!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Broken bones

Hello to all. I was just curious to find out if any of you have experienced any broken bones with your child/children. Was there a bleed when it happened and how bad? I have not and hopefully won't experience this but, it's a question that I've wondered about and that's what blogging to eachother is all about.
Thank you,

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Getting ready for School

Hi everyone,

School is just around the corner, for those of you with children in school, maybe you can share some of the things you do to get ready for the school year with the school staff

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Hello Michigan

Lori and I are in Michigan today sharing the Hemophilia Moms's blog site. We would like to invite everyone to say hi to our new friends .

The Hemophilia Moms are made up of 8 Hemophilia moms across the United States. We have moms with grown children, college kids, High school students, Jr High as well as little ones.
We hope that you will join us in supporting each other and sharing experinces with other families.


Tuesday, July 22, 2008

who can be a hemophilia carrier?

Hemophilia is a genetic disorder and is usually carriers through the women
if you are a daughter of a man with hemophilia you will be a carrier
if you are a daughter of a women that is a carrier you have 50/50 chance of being a carrier

there also is mutation of the gene when it just shows up with no family history

would you like to share your experiences with others

How do you become a hemophilia carrier

Hemophilia is a genetic condition. This genetic condition is carried on the X chromosome in women. A women is a carrier when her father has hemophilia or when her mother is a carrier and she receives the X that has hemophilia. There are tests available to be tested if you think you may be a carrier, check with your doctor.

There also is mutation of the gene, that is when it shows up out of now where.

I know that some of you carriers out there may have many questions, and feelings that you might want to share.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Being in Charge

It comes a time that you need to allow your child to take control of the situation.
That is so hard. By the end of high school I want my children to be incharge of thier health
make doctor appointments, juggle scheudles, order thier factor and supplies. I want them to be confortable with making the decisions. So when the time comes and they are really incharage it will be old hat for them

Saturday, July 12, 2008


Good morning ladies, I am so pleased to see that we all could get together this morning and enjoy a Mom to Mom's event here in Portland, Oregon

Today the Hemophilia Moms is hosting a brunch on the river inviting moms to come and enjoy each others company and stories

I hope to see you blogging with us in the near future

Monday, July 7, 2008

Making infusion time less stressful

Hello to all you wonderful mothers. I have a 4 year old that has a port. I'm still having a very hard time infusing him. He's very scared of the needle for one thing and he won't lay still. My husband and I have to hold him down. He yells, "don't hurt me" with tears running down his face. Needless to say it's very stressful. He has a brother that's 6 and he watches him get his infusions with no problem. Does anyone have any good ideas to help make this less stressful for him and my husband and I.
Thank you,

Portland Moms

CSL is having a Mom to Mom event this Saturday July 12th , if you are interested please reply

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Traveling Safe

We are thrilled to have so many of you join us in our chating and sharing information. That is the main reason we are connect and share ideas, stories, and encouragement. Any time you have a new question or comment please feel free to add it so we can talk about it. Again welcome to all!

I just want to mention a few safe traveling tips in view of the upcomming Holiday. Many will be traveling for the 4th of July and celebrating. BBQ's, swimming, and summer fun are a part of many plans. First of all make sure you have your factor "to go" pack with you. (Factor and all the supplies that you need just in case an infusion is necessary. You may also want to include instant ice packs.) Nothing ruins the fun like an injury and being unprepared to deal with it. If you have your can just infuse and continue to enjoy the festivities. Next make sure you apply and re-apply your sun block throughout the day. As well as keeping yourself and the children hydrated. Water is really good but you may want to consider some Gatorade or Powerade if you will be out in the heat the majority of the day. If hiking, biking, or other sports are on your agenda make sure the proper protective gear is used. This will help cut down the chances of injury.

I know many of these things are common sense things...but sometimes in the excitement and planning things can be forgotten. May you have a wonderful Holiday as you celebrate the Freedom of Our Great Country. Happy 4th of July!

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Meet and Greet!

There are some moms that would like to introduce themselves. Please feel free to introduce yourself here! Also...let us know what subjects you would like to discuss. New blogs can then be started. This site is for all! We want it to be beneficial for you...Mom2Mom!

Monday, April 21, 2008

To PORT or not to PORT

I recently met a new mom who is trying to decide if a port is the right choice for her and her son. She will be checking in on this blog so please share your thoughts about ports. Also maybe you could share your story of how you decided to have a port or not.

I have three sons with severe hemophilia A. At the present time none of them have a port as they are 24, 13, and 11. They all have had a port at one time. My oldest did not have a port until he was about 11. My other two had their ports placed between 10 months and 11 months. I was not a believer in them at first.....but boy did I change my mind!

A port may not be right for everyone. I did find it easier and less stressful to infuse my sons who always presented a challenge to start an IV for infusion.

Thank you all for sharing!

Babies Babies

Contratulations to all you new moms, I have heard of 2 babies in the last week

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

We are all about You

Hi Moms,
Tell us what you would like to talk about, or need information about. This blog site is what ever we want it to be. Let us know what you would like to hear about.

Enjoy your April Fools Day.

Camp is right around the corner, do we want to talk about camp?
Signing up for Kindergarten for next year ?
The first family vacation away from home?
I am a carrier and looking at having a child?
How do we treat our children the same when one has hemophilia with an inhibitor?
What is an inhibitor?

These are a few ideas to think about it, let us know what you would like to talk about?

Monday, March 24, 2008

The ER - again.

Hi Moms,

Just a note to add to the information already provided on ER visits.

• Be prepared to have to explain just "how long he has had hemophilia".
Do this without anger or frustration - right or wrong you may vey well find there are medical folks out there that know "NOTHING" about bleeding disorders, including the inheritance aspect!

• If asked to leave the room so an iv can be started - don't be afraid to refuse. This is your child and it is your right to be there.

• Share w/ the med staff what you know:
- the best site to try for a vein
- your 3 stick policy (if someone on staff can't setup your child in 2 tries, someone else has to be called in. We often would request the IV team on call)
- that you are going to pull out the bubbles as this quiets your child

• Point out the "Treat a person w/ Hemophilia First" poster in the waiting area if you are sitting for more than 15 minutes before you are triaged. If there isn't a sign in the ER let us know, there will be one the next time you have to "visit".

• Present an "in charge and in control" demenor to the ER staff. They listen when you speak with a sense of knowledge and authority. Never be afraid to tell them you are taking your child to another facility if the care is not up to your standards. Call your insur. co. from the waiting room or outside on your cell phone and let them know what is happening. They want your child treated quickly to avoid costly complicaitons as much as you do!

I know many moms can add to this list - so come on ladies - let our new moms know what to expect and what to do!


Emergency Room Visits

My son has Hemophilia ..he is factor VIII severe less than 1%
I have his factor and doctor orders with me
We need to be seen right away
This is my opening line at the Emergency Room

I have not had to visit the Emergency Room for some time and I do not miss that
Being prepared for the visit makes everyones life less stress full
Make sure you inform them as you walk in the door that your child has hemophilia
Discuss with your treatment center the best procedure for you at the emergency room
Ask lots of questions so you can focus on your child at this time and not on learning the hospitals procedures-- such as bringing your own factor.

Does anyone out there has some suggestions or emergency room stories they would like to share?

Monday, March 17, 2008

Ports & Fevers

I am hoping you all are aware of the following information. If your child has a central line (port-a-cath, hickman, PICC) and they are running a fever...some lab work should be done. My son has had a port now for over 7 years and this still is something I deal with. He was running a 103 fever yesterday afternoon, and just because his sister had one too, I questioned wether or not I should have the blood culture and CBC done. After contacting the HTC they assured me that the tests should be done. Better safe than sorry was their encouragement. So I went ahead and got the lab work completed. And as I had hoped his white blood cell count was normal.

But there was a time when I did not know to have a culture done when he had a fever. When his port was first placed at 8 months of age, I was very uneducated about how to care for it. All I knew was that it needed to be flushed once per month if we did not use it. I did not know about much else. A couple of months later he did get a 104 fever, but the next day it was gone so I didn't think much of it. It happened again a couple weeks later. But again left so quickly that I thought he was fine. About a week after the third time he had a high fever one day and gone the next, I happened to be chatting with the HTC nurse. It was regarding another matter but I mentioned the mysterious fever and that it was the third time it had happened. She asked me what the cultures said...And I said "cultures? I didn't know anything about that." She was very insistant that I take him immediately in for blood cultures and a CBC. Sure enough it was an infection in his port. He was hospitized until the daily cultures turned negative.

Infection in a central line is definately something you don't want to mess around with. So any sign of a fever it is a good idea to notify your HTC so you can receive instruction as to what your doctor would like to have done. Even if you think it is nothing, a cold or ear infection it is always better to be safe than sorry!

Have a blessed day!

Monday, February 25, 2008

Strength in Unity

Good Evening!

I have just been reading the blogs posted in the last weeks - and I am thrilled that Mom's across the US and beyond are posting on the site!

Each comment I have read brings back memories of what my family experienced - and my sons were babies over 25 years ago! Yet, one thing remains constant - our need to share. And as all of you contributing to this blog have found - with sharing comes a true sense of support across the miles.

Kudos to the Moms' who have been so faithful in their oversight of Hemophilia Mom's Forum - you are great!

I can share this with you all and that is there are days I feel just as I did almost 30 years ago - a small feeling of panic wells up inside when Peter is going to do something: travel - race motocross - without me. He is an adult, and he is my child. He is mature, and he is my child. He is knowledgeable, and he is my child. He could be 60 and he will still be my child.

The needles, the helmets, the fear of discrimination, learning to walk, going to school - you will get through it and when you look back the tough times fade and the memories you recall are happy ones and even if it has been 27 years, he is "still your child".

Friday, February 22, 2008

Being Brave

Some times being brave is really hard.

Leaving your child for the first time.

Infusing your self for the first time.

Leting your child go to the birthday party with out family alone for the first time.

Some times we mix up regular fears with hemophilia fears, remember we all at one point had to do these things, and for me they have all worked out ok.

How where you Brave?

Saturday, February 16, 2008

A Little About Needles

Needles are scarey for all of us and really scarey for our small children who don't understand why they have to get "stuck" to feel better. It doesn't make much sense to them. Here they are bleeding and hurt and the one they trust the most (mommy or daddy) is holding them down while some stranger (the nurse or lab tech) is trying to inflict even more pain on them. And sometimes when they aren't successful they try and try again. Tension is high! Then, when the child looks to find comfort in their parents eyes; all they find is stress and more fear. What a teriffying experience for them. And what a heart wrentching experience for us too. We are made to protect our children. But what is a parent to do? Our child needs this medication in order to stop the bleeding and in some cases to save their life.

I am sure many of you can tell us story after horrifying story (I have numerous ones myself). But I want to encourage you with a few things. First of all: You are NOT a bad parent, you are trying to do what is best for your child. Do not listen to the uninformed, judgemental chatter of others who don't have a clue what hemophilia is. I know it is often hard to do, but it is a must if you are truly going to benefit your child. Second: Get informed, get educated, read, ask questions, you need to become your child's best advocate. Because no one knows your child like you do! And I also want to mention a wonderful, helpful product that you can use to help cut down on the stress and pain of needle sticks for your child. Actually there are two; one is called LMX and the other is EMLA. They are topical numbing creams. They help numb the skin above where you are going to stick a vein so the child does not initially feel the stick. You can talk to your HTC doctor about getting some or your Home Care company. The cream is not a cure all, but it sure does help with the pain involved.

Needles unfortantely are going to be a part of their lives...but whatever we can do to "make it better" will definately help.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Just learning to crawl

Hi, all you moms out there, we have a new mom that is worried about her baby learning to crawl, walk, run and so on. Lets give her some words of encouragement. How many of our children made it.
With my son I padded the inside of his pants for some extra cushion for his knees, now they make pants and socks like that
I also padded the fire place and traded my square glass top coffee table for a round wood one.
That is the only thing that I did, but I am sure some of you other moms have some good ideas for her. I will check back tomorrow. Have a good night ohh I made sure that his shoes fit well, so he would not stumble good night everyone

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Leting your boys grow up

Today is going to be a long day

My son who is 13 years old, he will be 14 on the 27th of this month, went snowmobiling

His best friend has snowmobiles, he has gone before, but this time is different
they left yesterday at noon and camped out in a heating hut and are coming back today before dark

He infused to 100% of course before he left and will infuse today to 100% before he goes out today. He has factor, emergency releases, he is educated, he can self infuse as long as he is not to injured. His Friend and dad are 5 minute educated. head injury or internal injury call mom and head out of the mountains. Just in case you are wondering he has all the safely gear available not just a good helmet

He is going to be fine and so am I. I will let you know when he gets home

Monday, January 7, 2008

Some days are for memories

Today is my mom's 70th birthday, and we had a party.

Remember that we are people, moms, dads, sisters, brothers, sons, daughters, and friends first
second we have hemophilia.

Enjoy life

Friday, January 4, 2008

Success - A Normal Fun Day

Thanks, Rhonda for reminding us that we need to look at our daily lives and extract the successful moments. Too many times people and circumstances shout the negatives and failures at us. I want to take the time to look at the successes, and the positives no matter how small.

One such success came the other day when our family drove up to the mountains to the "snow." (Around here you actually have to drive 2 hours to find snow.) Busy packing snow gear, snacks and 6 kids into the van was hectic and I had forgotten to infuse my son that morning. We spent the day sledding and playing in the snow. Much to the delight of my this was their first time sledding. A couple hours into it as I watched my son flying through the air after going over a jump...and realized I forgot the factor!!! My mind began to race: "What am I going to do if he has a bleed?" But after my panic...nothing happened. Nothing "bad" that is. We enjoyed the rest of the day sledding and drinking hot chocolate. And upon arriving home, a quick check revealed a couple of bruises but no bleeding. I call that a wonderful blessing and a success. My absentmindedness could have turned our day of fun into a real mess. But instead it was just a "normal" fun day!

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

2008 success stories

It is another year, it is the beginning of another success story
My son has his first day of Junior High Basketball if we make it through today, that will be my first success story of the year (not mentioning that his sister took him to get a Mom approved haircut and he came back with one)

What are you stories of success for 2007 or just the little ones that make the days normal in 2008

Happy New Year