Specific Animals (Cute or Realistic style) - Lion, Tigers, Sloth, Penguin - a good mix. Cute or realistic style please (rather than abstract/geometry/mandala/outline etc so that he's more likely to recognise)
Carter enjoys music, especially children's concerts. He also enjoys sensory/messy play. He is a water baby and enjoys spending as much time in the bath/pools as possible. Colour wise, due to Carter's visual impairment, he doesn't have a favourite colour as such but is drawn towards bright red and yellow more than others.
Carter and his twin brother were born in 2021. Both boys spent a total of 48 hours in the NICU. The first 3 months of life there were no signs/symptoms of any disability.
One morning in November we noticed eye rolling and arm/leg jerks. We took Carter to our local hospital straight away. After 48 hours an MRI and EEG later Carter was diagnosed with migrating partial epilepsy of infancy. We spent a total of 2 weeks in hospital, he had a number of tests (blood test, genetic, more EEGs, lumbar puncture) all to find out what has caused this. Still to this day all tests come back as normal, it's only his EEG that shows the abnormal changes. We were discharged on 3 different AED - none of which have stopped the seizures, only reduced.
At home we added a new AED a month later which seemed to make the biggest difference (still not fully controlling but reduced a lot)
At 6 months old, Carter was admitted to hospital again due to bronchiolitis. We spent a total of 8 weeks in hospital. We changed some of his medication, removing and adding to see if we can get a better control over his seizures. We also had more tests done as Carter was struggling to maintain his oxygen levels over night only. We had impedance studies, sleep studies, Xray, ng tubes. It was this stay that gave Carter the diagnosis of sleep apnoea.
On discharge we left with oxygen, CPAP machine, suction machine, feeding machines.
Since then everything has been seemingly calm. We've had the odd night in hospital for either colds, PEG fitting, sleep studies, MRIs etc but no major changes.
As it stands Carter's epilepsy has changed over time and he is diagnosed with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. He is on 3 AED plus medication for reflux, bowels and secretion.
He has nocturnal CPAP daily and oxygen when required.
Carter is still delayed and unable to sit, crawl, walk etc and relies on others for daily support.
Given all of this Carter is a happy, content, loving child who is loved and adored by so many!
|Penguin from alexia stitches as done before
Jodie Balaam, Lawshall, England
|Endangered Younguns by Gloria and Pat Lion cubs
Jan G, Hull, UK
|Cross stitch (may96) Group of penguins
Leanne Malcolmson, Romsey, UK
|Etsy- thestitchpatterns Https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/705880730/lion-cub-cross-stitch-pattern-pdf-safari?ref=yr_purchases
Sharon, Doncaster, UK
|Maria Diaz pattern from Cross Stitcher magazine July 2021 Sloth sampler - 8 sloths on branches
Nicola, St Albans, UK
|Penguin with baby penguin
Anne Hanley, Edinburgh, Scotland
Cross-Stitch designs by Ann Logan Cute Tiger
Karen Hockin, Southampton, England
|Mother and baby Sloth on a branch by Fantastic Patterns on Etsy
Val Gilbert, Coningsby , UK
|Used several times before Own design of an adult male lion
Pat Brown, Warminster, England
|Quick & Easy Issue 121 Penguin Family - will add snowflakes to enlarge design by Lesley Teare
EE(Beth)Filmer, Adelaide, Australia
|The world of cross stitching Charlies ark lion
Emma Robson, Doncaster, England
Stitcher: Jeanne, Pennsylvania, USA