Sunday, March 3, 2013
To say the past few weeks have been crazy would probably rank up there as an understatement. I have been so grateful that Mark's schedule has been a bit more flexible over the past week to tag team with me more than normal. I really should start keeping track of how many trips we make to the doctor in a year. We just might single handedly give our doctor's practice their job security. On valentines day I took Eden to the doctor and she was diagnosed with bronchitis. So we started a hefty dose of antibiotics and within 4 days she started feeling pretty good again. Anything respiratory with her become quite the ordeal. Residual affects of orphanage life when she had multiple cases of pneumonia. Our pediatrician is wonderful and takes her asthma and her somewhat finicky respiratory system seriously. And we are grateful.
A week late to the day we were back to the doctor with the two younger girls. Both had ear infections. Heidi woke during the night crying about her ear and by morning it was draining and literally running down her cheek, dripping off her chin onto her shirt. She was not happy about that development. We still aren't sure if her tube has come out or just malfunctioned. Hopefully we will find out at her recheck. The same day we learned she is eligible for speech therapy to try and help her learn her k and g sounds. Again, chronic ear infections, multiple sets of tubes have created some hearing issues. This was the first time she was able to verbally tell me she couldn't hear me. Second opinion coming up at the end of the month to pursue other treatment options.
This week we were back to the doctor again with Tristan. His turn with an ear infection. Goodness! Three kids with ear infections in less than a week. Oh, but it gets better. Eden finished up her antibiotics and we ended up at the doctor on yesterday where she too was confirmed to have an ear infection. Four kids on antibiotics for ear infections. "Dumb luck" says the doctor. At this point I decided to just laugh at the absurdity of it all. What else can you do?
We get home from the doctor and Shane's friend comes to play for the afternoon. Mark and I were getting ready to head out for a dinner date with my aunt and uncle. I was so excited to get a bit of a break from all the neediness. Judge me if you will. The kids were outside sticking their bare feet in the remaining snow by the sidewalk. I thought they were all back in but a split second after the door closes we hear Heidi screaming. Nothing unusual for her if she is frustrated about not being able to open the door. Mark and Shane go to open the door for her and I hear, "Looks like we are heading to the ER". Not really words you want to hear especially when you can't see what is going on. I didn't even look but jumped up to get some wet paper towels because I heard them mention blood.Heidi has a tendency to trip easily while she runs due to her legs turning in. I feel like I am constantly telling her to slow down because she falls so much. Apparently she was running, tripped and fell into the outside brick window ledge. It was clean immediately that she would need a bit more than a bandaid. Although Tristan ran quickly to bring me a bandaid in case that would help. Bless him.
And for all of those who prayed last evening - thank you! Heidi and Naomi both slept all night and Eden woke once! It was miraculous! Other than the fact that from 4 o'clock on I was worried that Naomi's fever was raging and Heidi was sleeping more than usual because of an undiagnosed head injury with her fall yesterday. But the crazy thing was I was afraid to check on them lest I wake them! Ha! I am not ashamed to say I am hoping for another night of sleep like last night. And to wake to healthy, fever free children!