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Tristan Update!

As promised, here is the update on our new born son.

Tristan was born late January. His mum was suffering with gestational diabeties and had a lot of fluid in the sac. The decision was made to deliver him a few days early to avoid a natural birth so we could be in the delivery suite just in case something went wrong. This was started Thursday and finished Friday. The most likely complication due to the extra fluid is when the waters broke, the force of all that fluid coming out would pull the baby down the birth canal and if the cord was between baby and canal, that could cause the baby to become stuck and cut off the oxygen supply to Tristan.

We were concerned but the midwifes and doctors on that evening were amazing. Tristan was born with no real issues, he had a full head of jet black hair and we are both very happy with him. Within 2 days, we were ready to head home. We packed every thing up, went home and spent the next few days enjoying our baby.

We both noticed a little shortness of breath after a feed and on the Thursday, we started having trouble getting milk into him. We called Alice(our trainee Midwife, who also delivered Tristan), and she came round to see what was up and noticed that Tristan had a prominent Stridor. Stridor is a type of breathing that focuses less on the lungs and more on the diaphram. Instead of feeling like you were expanding or contracting your lungs, imagine it looks like your trying to expand and contract your lungs from your diaphram. His rib cage at this stage is still very flexible so it bends noticeably when he breaths with Stridor.

Due to how serious this could be (shortness of breath, struggling eating) he was taken into hospital in an ambulance with his mum and I followed in the car. Tristan had to be tube fed for the next month on and off. he had a multitude of tests done, After several days of tests and some exploratory operations, he was diagnosed with laryngomalasia. This is a malformation of the larynx where the valve that regulates flow between the lungs, stomach and throat is floppy and can cause problems breathing and reflux during and after feeds. We have to feed him more often and be careful afterwards that he doesn’t bring it back up. He has regular doses of gaviscon and omiprazole for the reflux, This can also be a challenge to get into him.

Tristan spent a month in hospital with his mum. I spent that time home with the 2 boys and taking trips every 2-3 days to keep mum supplied with clean clothes and whatever food/drink she needed. Mum missed Harrison’s 10th birthday. We both missed valentines. We did what we could. During this time I was also doing my assignments and getting them in for my degree. Tristan had a number of different procedures including a swallow test (I had something similar involving a barium milkshake. horrible).

One key test that was late but eventually done was his hearing test. Unfortunately, he has also been diagnosed with hearing loss similar to his brother who has a mixed moderate hearing loss. A couple of weeks ago, Tristan received his hearing aids. He is doing really well with his hearing aids. All things considered, he is an incredibly calm, happy little baby with a cheeky little smile when ever he sees us. Despite all the tests, he is still happy, and if he is happy, then so are we.

Hope this helps explain the situation that’s been going on, I know I’ve posted a few things on twitter etc. but this is my first attempt to put into words what we have been through in the last 3-4 months.

I’d just like to thank the nurses, doctors, ambulance drivers, consultants, etc. for looking after Tristan. With out you, he would not be here right now! <3

Thank you if you have been reading this far ūüôā

Professional Update of professionalism

Good morning! its currently late on Thursday morning and I’ve logged into the site after not even looking at it for months and its time to turn this site into somewhere I can keep useful links about the projects i’m working on all together. ¬†This is important to me because its time I started organising things a little better. ¬†Before I can do that of course, I have a few bits of news to share with everyone!

  1. I am no longer working at McDonalds! This is great news! my back is much more manageable. I’ve not been on prescription pain killers for 18 months!
  2. I am studying for a foundation degree in computing. ¬†This means web design, java, business stuff. ¬†I am coping with most of it, but there are a few topics where i’m actually having to exersize my brain.
  3. I have several mods on curseforge now. ¬†The biggest is Simple Barrels. ¬†Last time I looked (a few days ago) it was at around 1.17 million downloads. ¬†That’s right. ¬†over a million. ¬†Its NUTS.
  4. I just released BeimCraft 2.0. ¬†Its missing a couple of minor features but those will be addressed, they needed it for this week. ¬†I’m going to write a reflective piece on what went wrong and what went right for this project to see how the experience can be used to produce better work.
  5. I’m actively researching all the technology I need to understand in order to get an interactive stream working on beam. ¬†Beam is microsoft’s streaming platform of choice they bought last year. ¬†Its pretty awesome and I’m a big fan. ¬†Many of the friends i’ve made in the community either work for beam, are partnered streamers or stream on there for fun. ¬†They are all awesome people. ¬†I’ve had this interactive idea for months and now that Interactive 2.0 is available I can finally make some headway with the project. ¬†Should be a lot of fun!
  6. I’m looking for someone to partner with on a project. ¬†One of the things I know I need to improve is working with others – all the projects I’ve worked on in the past have been solo projects.
  7. I’m actively working for development work. I’m flexible and open minded. Also due to being a first year uni student, i’m cheap too!
  8. As (yet another) side project, i’m looking at how to implement server side plugins for large scale servers. ¬†The aim is to be able to create content like hypixel and wynncraft. ¬†That is a long way off obviously but its on my list of things to do!
  9. I’m waiting for the minecraft windows 10 edition API to drop for modding using C#. ¬†When it does, I want to start to produce content for the Minecraft Marketplace.

For those wondering, my wife had a 9 pound baby boy back in January and he is called Tristan. ¬†There will be a seperate post about that ūüėČ

More to come!



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