Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Super Secretary

Sweet Anna answered the phone while I was in the shower yesterday. She took this message, which she posted on the refrigerator.

Not bad for seven-year-old receptionist!

She's a keeper.

Might as well Laugh!

For those of you keeping score, the labs on Mary's staph infection came back. It is resistant staph! Another first! So, we got very special antibiotics, which, thankfully are taking care of it.

When we took Mary in for her follow up appointment, Roger urged me to ask the Dr. to check my thyroid to see if it needs to be adjusted. The Dr. asked me about my symptoms and suggested that I should consider that maybe what I need is medication for "stress." Roger and I giggled about that the rest of the day and for several days afterward. Is there a pill that will make all of this easier?? I'm not sure exactly why it's so funny, but I think it's the culmination of many, many "laugh or cry" moments. We almost always choose to laugh.

"A cheerful heart is good medicine." ~Proverbs

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Still Here...

I've been hesitant to post lately because I don't want to sound whiny. Let's just say it's never boring here...

Only because my oldest friend, Tami, asked:

"Somehow when I read this post through the first time, I missed "one case of shingles." That can be incredibly painful (I had it when Kricket was tiny) and I'm wondering which of you got it.

I know life is certainly still busy, but I'm hoping your list of "unusuals" is shorter this month!"

Micah, sweet baby, was the one with shingles. He tolerated it surprisingly well. Yuck.

Since then, all of the kids - in succession - came down with some crazy virus which presented like strep. In fact, we took all the kids in to the Dr. for our first ever strep tests. $180 in co-pays later, we left with two little boys with ear infections and a couple of kids with stomatitis (inflamed gums,) and six kids with various stages of sore throats and fevers. The stomatitis developed into a really nasty case of classic "trench mouth." Yowzers! Let me just say, it's not something you want to get.

Just as we are almost all recovered from that fun bout of crud, Mary developed some strange little infection under the end of her thumb nail. After treating it at home for a week, we took her in to the Dr. and he cultured it and gave her antibiotics. We just got a phone call. She has a staph infection. We'll be going back to see the Dr. in the morning...

The great news is that we LOVE our new Dr. He is super available and helpful and really cheerful and fun. And he seems to be very competent. Praise the Lord for providing Dr. MacFarlan just when we needed him!

Life here is still good. We visited a church we really liked last night. It looks like we may be moving in to town sooner rather than later. So, that's keeping things interesting.

There are signs that Spring is on the way. We're able to enjoy being outside more and more as the weather gets warmer. I can hardly wait for the apple blossoms and the warm weather and to get past this winter of new germs. =)

We feel so blessed to be here, learning, growing, stretching, seeing God work in wonderful ways day by day.