Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Pre-axial Polydactyly

My son was born with with two thumbs on one hand.

What is thumb duplication?

Also referred to as pre-axial polydactyly, radial polydactyly, or supernumerary thumbs, the term thumb duplication refers to a congenital condition of the upper extremity characterized by the presence of two thumbs on one hand. The thumbs may be separate or appear fused. (See Figure)

It is important to recognize that the term - thumb duplication is somewhat of a misnomer. Rather than having two normal thumbs, patients with thumb duplication typically have thumbs that are smaller and less developed than normal. Furthermore, the muscles, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels and nerves are often divided between each of the abnormal thumbs. For this reason, many believe that the term split thumb is more appropriate. For the purpose of this brief discussion, we will refer to this condition as pre-axial polydactyly.

What causes pre-axial polydactyly?
The exact cause of pre-axial polydactyly is unknown. Most cases occur sporadically during fetal development, without any defined inheritance pattern or known genetic association. In some instances, there may be a hereditary predisposition, particularly in the presence of a triphalangeal thumb, (i.e., a thumb with three bones instead of two).
How common is pre-axial polydactyly?
It is estimated that pre-axial polydactyly occurs in 1 out of every 1,000 live births. In general, males are more commonly affected than females. Usually the changes affect only one hand. Pre-axial polydactyly tends to occur more frequently in Caucasians, Asians, and Native Americans.
How is pre-axial polydactyly diagnosed?
Pre-axial polydactyly is diagnosed by physicians after a thorough medical history and careful physical examination. X-rays are used to confirm the diagnosis and to identify the pattern of bone involvement.
How is pre-axial polydactyly treated?
Surgery is necessary to create a single, functioning thumb. Typically this is performed around one year of age, before the development of pinch and fine motor function. As mentioned above, simply removing one of the two thumbs will not suffice, as each of the split thumbs has elements that need to be combined to recreate the best possible thumb.

As a result, surgical treatment usually entails removing the bony elements of the smaller thumb and reconstructing the remaining skin, tendons, ligaments, joints, and fingernails to form a new thumb. Even in the best of situations, the resulting thumb may smaller than the child's other, normal thumb. Furthermore, given the possibility of recurrent deformity in a small percentage of patients, additional operations may be needed later in life

My son will have his surgery on April 17th 2009!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Kael and Noah! They are cousins!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

So Kael and I went to visit a childhood friend of mine and her boys. From the top we have fresh from the oven Logan. then we have Caleb and Kael. The last pic is of all three.

Friday, March 20, 2009


So I am thinking about moving back to Alberta. You see I used to live in Alberta before I had my son . I miss Banff Alberta terribly but for my son it was best to live here in Ontario near family. I am starting to figure things out, Kaels doing well and hes healthy and after his surgery in April he will be ready for the move. But I still have some difficulties like daycare is hard to come by and so is a reasonable place to live.

Laundry day!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The Hot Shoe Diaries: Big Light from Small Flashes

I just ordered this book:The Hot Shoe Diaries: Big Light from Small Flashes
For all you photogs it's a must have!


Love it!

Night club or clothing store.

Took Kael shopping today. I was looking for some dress clothing but found nothing. Mainly because every clothing store I go in sounds like a night club. Don't get me wrong I like music just not blaring loud music while I am trying to clothing shop. You practically have to scream at the clerk to try to find your size. Maybe next time I will just go to winners at least they don't blare there elevator music .

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Pissed of on st. patricks day

So this was my attempt at taking a st p days photo. Kael was in a pissed off mood. This was my best attempt. It doesn't matter because I am dutch. Kael could be part Irish but I don't know what background his father is.

The weather is getting warmer here in Ontario Aka onteribble. I took Kael out side. By the way thats what I look like after 4 hours of sleep. Kael is sick and I broke my biggest rule, never have your child in bed with you. I was desperate for some sleep so I laid him down beside me and he sleep for four hours. We not going to make habit out of it.

Monday, March 16, 2009

My son vomited the entire 8 oz bottle all over me. I can tell you one thing vomit is an aspect of motherhood I do not enjoy!!

Red hair+blue eyes=DANGER ladies!

My son is sick today but he still finds time to play up a storm. Poor guy has a cold and two more teeth are coming in. I have been using this all natural stuff called Camilia seems to work for the teeth and Coryzalia for the cold. I prefer to use natural remedies. I wish I had his resilience, he never cry's even if he is in pain. Love you kael

cheers jackie

Sunday, March 15, 2009


Spent the day with my son just playing around. He is the definition of cuteness but I m no bias or anything.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Kael and Mommy

Wow! I can't believe I am blogging. Well let me give my readers (if any) a little info on what this Blog is about.
It's basically about my life as a single mother with my Son Kael. The picture below is me.
I am 25. At 24 I had my son Kael. He was the best mistake I ever made. I could have asked for a better son.

Kael is the handsome man on the right!

This is it for my first entry stay tuned for more.....