Friday, June 29, 2007
My Son and The Snake I Killed--Quite on Accident
Our son is doing much better since he started taking the antibiotics. As a matter of fact, he was much better just a few hours after his first dose. He did have a bad hour or two last night after I let him eat ice cream. He hadn't had it in 9 days and was going through withdrawals. Ice cream is normally a forbidden food when you are having trouble breathing. He was so much better, though. I thought a little would be OK. In other news, I ran over a snake last night--right in front of our house. On accident, of course. You can ask my family--I won't purposely kill anything--not even a nasty 'possum or armadillo. I just can't do it. Anyway, we went to inspect it after I hit it--and the poor thing was pregnant--quite. There were a bunch of little baby snakes scattered around it. I felt really, really bad. And if that snake hadn't been heading straight for my yard to possibly deliver all those little snakeys, I would be down right upset--Maybe even shed some tears--the poor little mommy snake. I choose to call it Divine Intervention, though. Thank you Lord for saving me from a complete and total screaming fit when I saw 14 million snakes in my yard. Have a great weekend.

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Thursday, June 28, 2007
Son Update
I wish that I could tell you that A. is completely well. He's not. He did sleep 10 hours last night without coughing--that is progress. His asthma statistics were not as good today as yesterday, so the NP put him on an antibiotic. Who knows if he really needs this, but he did have a lot of green goo coming out of his eyes this morning. If the cough stops quickly, we will know this was bacterial. If not, maybe he will be pre-treated for the ear infection that sometimes follows bouts like these. He is taking 6 medications at this point, and that's enough to make anyone feel bad. He's not quite himself today, but after 9 days of almost constant coughing, who would be? Bless his sweet heart. Anyway, please continue to pray--I'd appreciate it so much.

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Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
Can I just say that going out with Coach Jenny and Mandalyn was just what the doctor ordered. I had a wonderful time. I think we all did. I told Jenny that I felt like I talked everyone's ears off--and that's really something for me! We started the evening with everyone meeting at my house. Coach Jenny brought us lovely "happies"--which Mandalyn is going to share (I think), and then she asked my wonderful --and somewhat predictable hubby-- to take a picture of the three of us. He graciously agreed. This is what we saw when we looked at it:
Yes, that would be my chest--what there is of it anyway. Stinker. We finally got him to control himself--kidding-- and he took the following picture. Let me just say that I have only seen a picture of myself that I liked maybe one or two times in my life. When I look at this picture, I see two lovely ladies in black and a big white arm. Really. Also, when I enlarged the picture, I noticed I'm the only one with little crinkly wrinkles around my eyes. That's wrong, people--plain wrong. Don't even think about enlarging this picture either--I know you were. In my defense I am 5 years older than Coach J and a full decade older than Mandalyn. That is a good excuse for the wrinkles, right? Right?
We left from my house to drive to Ruby Tuesdays--Mandalyn was our driver for the evening--where we had a most interesting waiter--one of the other girls can share that--he was too much for me. He was too much for all of us, so after wonderful salads and stuff, we headed over to Cold Stone Creamery-YUM, with a capital Y-U-M. We sat and talked for hours--quite literally. It was so nice. I really love these girls. We got home at 1130ish--can't remember when I stayed out that late with friends. I sure hope we are going to do this again very soon. Loved it. PS. I also wanted to add that I also got to have lunch with two other "non-bloggy" friends on Monday--so nice to get together with four of my best real life friends in one day--and get out of cooking anything whatsoever! You guys are the greatest.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Bronchitis
Well, if I said I wasn't a little worried, I'd be lying. A. really isn't all that much better today--even after his mega steroid shot last night. The NP today put him on yet another drug--Singulair. She wanted to start an antibiotic, but has decided to wait until she sees him on Friday. He really has always responded to his meds before --I'm just not able to figure out why he isn't this time. And let me just say that I no longer have a calm and serene son. He is PINGING off the walls. It's funny for awhile, but it quickly becomes tiring to keep saying, "A., settle down." A., please try to calm down." "A., be still." "A., that isn't appropriate." Ugh--this steroid thing--it's a love-hate relationship. Well, we are off to the dentist. We all have appointments today--except I have cancelled A's. There's no way he could keep his mouth open without coughing. Oh--and to add insult to injury--our brand spanking new TV is messed up--have to return it... I'm still feeling the joy though!! More later...

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Tuesday, June 26, 2007
A Request-UPDATED-UPDATED AGAIN AT END
Would you please join me in praying for our son. He has cough-variant asthma which is almost only induced by having had a cold. He had a cold last week, and by Wednesday was showing signs that his asthma was being triggered. We started his inhaler, but by Thursday evening he was miserable from the coughing, and it was obvious that we were going to have to bring in bigger guns. We pulled out the nebulizer, which hasn't been out for a year and a half, and started him on Pulmi-Cort (a corticosteroid) and albuterol. He was some better by Saturday, and even a bit better on Sunday. He was still coughing quite a bit,though, so it was obvious by Sunday night that a trip to the doctor would be necessary. We went Monday morning, and she started him on the real big guns, Prednisone--which I knew would happen--I have nearly 11 years of experience with this now. He started the pred right away and he took his second dose at lunch today. He is still coughing. He has a follow-up tomorrow morning, and I am sure they will be doing x-rays to check for pneumonia. I am thinking he is developing it. We would most definitely appreciate your prayers for his healing, and that he will get rest tonight. Please pray that I am completely wrong and that he will be well soon. And just so you know about how his asthma came to be... The twins contracted RSV when they were three months old. RSV is a respiratory virus that is rarely serious in children or adults, but is usually very serious in infants, especially those who were born early. A. was hospitalized for several days (over their first Christmas) because he had developed double pneumonia, and was severely ill. It was a scary and hard time for us to see that precious tiny boy lying in an oxygen tent. Anyway, the RSV reoccurred (symptomatically) many times over the years until finally turning to asthma in A. (The doctors wouldn't officially call it asthma until he was three). Our daughter outgrew all the effects of it by the time she was 3. So, please be aware of this terrible virus if you have an infant. If I had it to do all over again, and if it had been available, I would have kept them home during that first RSV season of their lives, and I would have had the shots that are now available. *Note that this virus mostly strikes in temperate or tropical climates.* Thank you for your prayers. Much love, *B. is home from the ER and A. has bronchitis to go along with his asthma attack. They also said that the prednisone wasn't doing it for him and gave him a shot in his sweet little bootie of a much stronger steroid. He also has to take robitussin with codeine for his cough. He has a follow-up appt. in the morning at 1015. Thanks so much for your prayers.

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Sunday, June 24, 2007
Menu Plan Monday
It's Monday once again--I surely didn't post much last week, since there is only one post between this Menu Plan and last week's. In my defense, I did delete one post after thinking better of what I wrote. This is going to be a different week. I am having lunch with friends on Monday--and dinner with friends on Monday. I am really looking forward to that. Coach Jenny, Mandalyn, and I are heading a little ways out of town to go to Ruby Tuesdays for dinner--Mandalyn probably doesn't know where we're going yet, since Coach Jenny and I just decided where we were going while we were at church this morning. We decided that if she wanted to be in on the planning, she had to be there when the planning was taking place. We're real good friends like that. And we love her. Anyway, here's my menu--that is what you came for, right?!

I hope you all have a wonderful week. I'm looking forward to reading your menus. For more great menus, go visit Laura.

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Monday, June 18, 2007
Menu Plan Monday
Here's the menu for this week. I don't have my regular computer--so no pictures.

My dad and stepmother are coming at some point this weekend. Menu is subject to change. I sure wish they would call and tell me when...

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Saturday, June 16, 2007
Computer Woes---AGAIN
Can you believe my computer is going out again. The monitor keeps going black for no reason--there it goes again. I will be back...

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Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Waaaah! Pardon my Whine.
OK--so much for coming back with gusto on Wednesday. When I wrote that post I had no idea that B would be having knee surgery today. We are home and he is doing well, but I am just still so tired from not sleeping on the trip last week, getting braces on my daughter, driving all the kids to camp, and now B's surgery. I am hoping to be back to normal soon! ** B did not have an accident or anything--he hurt his knee before he went to Africa--don't know how--he got a cortisone shot to put off the surgery. He saw the doctor (Scott--for those who know us) yesterday, and he scheduled B's surgery for today.** This is surgery # 5 in 3 years--hopefully, we only have the gum surgery left!!! And by the way, I miss my kids. And I miss all of you.

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Monday, June 11, 2007
So Glad To Be Home
It is so wonderful to be home. I am beyond pooped, so this will be abbreviated. We got home from the National Junior Bible Quiz tournament last night around 930 pm (16 hours one way), so I spent today finishing up laundry and getting the kids packed for camp. Tomorrow morning, K gets braces, and then I am driving the kids to church camp (2 hours one way). So, I promise to be back with a little more gusto on Wednesday. I did want to let you know that we came in 17th place out of 75 teams competing. There are over 1600 JBQ teams in the US, so we are very pleased with how our team did. The highest we have ever placed before is 27th (or so). It was quite the experience for them to be in the top 20. I'm so proud. I don't know if I will ever get caught up with reading all your posts from the last week. I may actually hit the "all read" button for the first time ever. Please forgive me if I do.

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Monday, June 4, 2007
Menu Plan Monday
This will be an extremely abbreviated cooking week for me. The kids and I are headed to the Chicago area for the Junior Bible Quiz National Competition. (Please pray for us as we travel and compete)
Thankfully, these two meals should provide enough leftovers for B to eat the rest of the week. I already have chicken and rice soup frozen for him. I hope you all have a wonderful and blessed week.

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Friday, June 1, 2007
Zoo and Graceland
A few pictures from our trip to Memphis last week. We had a great time at the zoo--other than when my sister's tooth fell out of her mouth, and she felt like a complete hillbilly hick all day long--or as we like to say--Ozark American. She has two adult teeth that never formed so she had to have a bridge made as a teenager. One of them fell out when she bit into a sandwich. She was determined not to let it ruin her day--but it was so funny. She kept saying, "I'm so glad B. isn't here." He would have had a lot of fun with that. I have a toothless picture of her, but I won't print it. She would die--she consented to having a picture made so that B. could see. I have to say that you couldn't see it when she was just talking. She had to hide her mouth every time she smiled or laughed though. I'm proud of her for not letting it totally ruin her day--even when she remembered that she had church the next day and that Monday was Memorial Day. She had to wait until Tuesday to get it fixed. (She's a pastor's wife, by the way, and really didn't even want to go to church. She did, though--and hid it well.) Anyway--on to other things--- We have a tradition of taking a picture of our 7 children at two locations at the zoo. We've done it several years, and it's fun to see how they've grown. They used to all fit on that cow--no more. I have to laugh at the picture of them with the gorilla statue. My nephew--sitting in the middle--was so sad when we took that picture. He hates it, to the point of tears, when it is time for us to end our visits together. This is not the first picture where Caleb looks so sad in front of the gorilla. We need to start taking that picture at the beginning of the visit! K. took a ton of pictures at Graceland. We couldn't use a flash indoors though, so I thought most of the pictures were a little too dark to post. I did post the one of his jumpsuits--believe me when I say that is only a very small portion of them. The thing that really struck me was that he sure had a lot of stuff--and it all meant nothing in the end. Oh, and don't you feel sorry for the poor elephant in the picture--He looks so sad. I think he got wind of what my husband and other family members are up to in Africa. Poor, poor thing. Speaking of Africa, B. will be home tomorrow, and I can hardly wait. Have a wonderful weekend.

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