I've been awful about keeping the blog updated and I admit... I've considered shutting it down now that our family is complete and we are just living life. But, I also really enjoy writing and sharing both what's happening in our lives as well as my thoughts. I feel like perhaps God isn't finished with our blog yet. So, I am hoping to get back in the groove of things soon here and maybe, there are still a few people out there who are interested. If not, it's ok... I will keep writing for myself.
For tonight, it will be short. I'm feeling yucky. Mark has been under the weather for almost a week. Matthew's emerging from a cold. And hopefully, we are all on the mend.
First, let me say that God is good. I am so thankful for your prayers last week as Maia was hospitalized. We were so concerned that another shunt infection was present. The spinal fluid cultures remained negative for any growth of bacteria and doctors narrowed it down (by process of elimination) to a urinary tract infection. She came home with antibiotics which finished today and I think is finally feeling better. Maia remained a trooper throughout the ordeal, in spite of a nasty reaction to one of the antibiotics.
Matthew is enjoying swimming lessons this evening. He's really doing well. We had quarter end school conferences in late January. His teachers tell us that he is making great progress, meeting his IEP goals. He remains behind his peers, but has come so far. The other night, he counted to 100 for me and loves the counting in Spanish that he learns at Kindergarten Plus.
I'll update more about the kids and what's happening in our world soon. In the meantime, please keep the people of Ukraine in your prayers. My heart aches for the chaos over there.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Thanks to all who are praying for Miss Maia. She was admitted to the hospital last night. Praise God there has been no evidence of a shunt infection. She was started on three different antibiotics to cover just about everything. Had a reaction to one of them today which was absolutely miserable for her. There has been no clear picture of what is causing the infection. Speculation about a possible urinary tract infection and this seems to be what they are leaning towards. I admit, I am a bit skeptical for various reasons, but it may be a case where they have ruled out everything else and don't have anything else to blame.
The white blood count is improved, although still much higher than normal. And we can tell that Maia is not back to baseline because she is not interested in food - at all! Completely out of character for her. We've seen a few people who remember Maia from her last hospitalization and they are excited to see her.
God answers prayers and He has sent the right people to draw blood and place IVs for our sweetie. Her veins are some of the worst that people have seen so it is miserable for Maia and the lab people both.
I'm hoping that she will be able to come home tomorrow. Maia is getting a bit stir crazy and I would like all of us under the same roof at night. I spent last night at the hospital so Mark is there tonight. Matthew and I are having a bit of quality time which is precious as well.
I'll update tomorrow after I know more, but please keep the prayers coming. We know they are effective!
Monday, February 17, 2014
I know... I have been awful about keeping the blog up, but here I am. Asking for prayers for our sweet Maia. We are in the emergency room waiting to hear the plan. White blood count is high and they are testing for a shunt infection. I'll post when I know more.