Thursday, December 04, 2008

We're Off to See...

the pediatric pulmonologist! (wizard just sounds better, no?)

Baby Girl had her 15 month check up yesterday and while she has gained almost six pounds in 2 months and grown nearly three inches; and is no longer referred to as "jello girl" (lovingly, of course) due to her terrible muscle tone--she is still sick.

Her ears were "tubed" the first week in November and she is still sporting a nasty ear infection. Her recent chest x-ray diagnosed pneumonia (again!) and we're not certain if it's the old case that never cleared up or a brand spanking new one. Not to mention that her little nose could about win the Boston Marathon it's been running so fast!

And if that isn't enough, Hannah (in preparation for braces in two weeks) had four teeth pulled, which did not go over well. She had a terrible response to the antibiotic and pain killer and spent much of the weekend just trying to keep down a lollipop and ice chips.

Not wanting to miss out on the fun, Mr. T looked at me last week and said, "Mommy, my eawr huwrts" His ears were tubed about 18 months ago, so at the advice of Baby Girl's godmother (who is a pediatric nurse practitioner) I had him checked only to find that, in fact, his ear hurt because it was infected.

And because I believe in leading by example, Naomi and I got ourselves a pair of strep-infected throats, too.

On top of all this, in the mental health category, Candace has been panic-stricken about leaving me. Going to preschool has become a chore and she is worried about everything and anything. Needless to say, this leaves my mental health a little worse for the wear. Nothing like being on call 24-7 for some high maintenance issues to wear down one's resistance.

I'm finding myself getting--not necessarily the Advent I hoped for--but in some ways, the Advent of quiet solitude and prayerful reflection perhaps I need.


Stina said...

Oh my goodness! Prayers, prayers, and more prayers that ALL of you get better quickly!

Lisa@UnexpectedJourney said...

I hope all this sickness goes quickly! Prayers will be sent your way!

Anne said...

It is amazing what God has in store for those who love Him. God must REALLY love you since He knows that you can bear all these crosses. We have had plenty of lessons in patience and multiple illnesses in the house. But prayers will be going up for you and all those beautiful Arklings. May Our Lady help you to tend to all those who need you!


Renee said...

Wow, she is doing wonderful to grow so much so soon! All the love is doing her good!

Praying for healthy ears and health all around!

Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle said...


May you and your family be richly BLESSED this Advent season. Prayers for your sweet little one and YOU!!

God bless!


Therese said...

Hi Jane,

I am just catching up now from this weeks blog posts. I will be praying for all of you and hope that everyone is better soon.

darci said...

oh no! i am finally catching up on blog reading and the news here sounds rough! i am hoping you are all BETTER by now! prayed for your family this morning as i read this. darci