Ollie is Home

Dear Family & Friends:

After spending 10-days at Children’s Hospital of Orange County, Ollie is home with his family.

Ollie was put through another battery of tests related to his brain, heart, lungs and other internal organs. Everything came back normal. So, why the episodes?

The doctors believe that the episodes are caused by “shunting” which occurs when deoxygenated blood returning to the heart bypasses the lungs and does not pick up oxygen. Shunting can occur anywhere in the body which makes detection and treatment extremely difficult.

All of this was complicated by the fact Ollie did not have a single episode after the first couple of days in the hospital. His episodes stopped after a medicine he takes every day was increased in dosage at the hospital. We wondered if there is cause/effect from the increase in the dosage of the medicine. So, we decided to monitor Ollie closely at home, school and therapy.

Everything was fine until today when he had several episodes at school. So, now we are back to square one.

Upon behalf of Ollie and his entire family, including me, I want to thank all of you for your thoughts and prayers.

Here are a couple of photos of Ollie after his return home.


Ollie & Papa
Ollie & His Sister, Ava, Having Lunch


21 thoughts on “Ollie is Home

  1. Hope you guys can get figure it out. Must be a very trying time for the family. My heart goes out to you all. Very sweet photos of the little guy. 😀

  2. “We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope.” Martin Luther King, Jr. Blessings to Ollie, family , and the doctors in handling the shunting anomaly.

  3. Thankfully this little guy is surrounded by love and i know that has carried him through many of his trials…he is so adorable and he is getting so tall! My prayers remain for him and all of you daily. Love, Mary Jane

  4. Bill,
    thanks for the continued information. First everything sounded very good but now I am not so sure. The pictures really look good and I wish Ollie all the best. He does have a lot of strength and a wonderful grandpa.
    May the angels watch over him
    Michael Boeckmann

  5. Bill, Thanks for the update. Have praying for Ollie and his family and will continue to do so. Thank you, too, for the positive effort in all of this. Ollie is so lucky to have such a papa. I’m sure your positive attitude has contributed greatly to Ollie’s ability to handle all of this. Thanks for the pics. Ollie seems to be growing up so fast.

    Love to all of you, Sydney

  6. Is there any way to find out where the shunt is? And how to fix it? My thoughts and prayers are with you, Ollie and the rest of the family. Thanks so much for the pictures. It’s nice to put a face with a name.

  7. Thank you so much for the updates & the photos. You all will continue to be in my prayers & positive thoughts as always. My heart goes out to you all. I know how hard that must be. God gave him to you because He knew what Ollie would need. Love & Blessings, Betty

  8. Bill,
    You spoke to our motorhome group today. It was a wonderful presentation and everyone enjoyed it; very informative. It was so good of you to give up your time to share your story with us. You are a good man. Thank you so much. We wish you all the best with your upcoming adventure. We are excited to track you.

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