Life and Scripture Memory

Tuesday, March 01, 2011 3 Comments A+ a-

We’re in the midst of living life right now.  As is the case of small children, and four of them at that, some kind of virus/bug has taken over our house and our lives at the moment.  Hudson and Devyn came down with cold-like symptoms on Friday, a runny nose and slight fevers.  By Saturday morning, Reagan was coughing the familiar sound of a seal-like bark and we instantly knew she’d developed croup.  Throughout the weekend, we did steam showers, administered cold medication, and wiped noses.

When Reagan kept us up for the 2nd night in a row with her coughing, we knew it was time for the doctor.  He looked her over, diagnosed her with croup (duh!), laughed when we told him we were familiar with the protocol of steam showers and cool night air, then administered a shot of steroids into our 2-year-old’s thigh.  Poor baby limped the rest of the day.

We had the doctor look Ashlynn over too, as she was also showing the beginning signs of her first illness.  No thanks to Reagan who took the pacifier out of her own mouth and placed it in Ashlynn’s mouth.  So much for keeping the germs away from the baby.  The doctor gave Ashlynn the all-clear, only for Ashlynn to go on a breastfeeding-strike and spent all day sleeping. 

When she had a temp of 101 and refused to eat again this morning, I took her back in.  Only to be told that there was nothing they could do, it was just a virus, and watch her carefully.  Um, ok.  Never mind that she’s only 3 months old (today!), has a temperature, a cough, isn’t eating, and had a dry diaper after eight hours.  Sure, I’ll just go back home.  Sigh. 

So right now I’m watching her closely, begging her to eat (Mama’s in some pain), and continuing to wipe noses.  But at the slightest change in Ashlynn, we’re heading to the ER.  I’m kind of over the doctor’s office right now.  (And I should clarify, our normal doctor is off this month.  She wouldn’t send me home without tests and a better idea of what was going on.)

All of that to say that this scripture is perfect for right now…

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Romans 12:12, NIV

Short, sweet, and to the point.  Patience in affliction…  No one ever said this mothering thing was a cake walk, and that is never more true than right now.

I’m a coffee drinking, book reading, laundry procrastinating, husband and children loving, mess of a woman who believes that chips and salsa can fix anything. We have chickens running around the backyard, a mountain of dishes in the sink, and on any given morning, I have at least 10 school forms that need my signature or initials. It’s a crazy life {I prefer to call it controlled chaos}, but its ours.

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Dana
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1:39 PM delete

Thinking of you! Hope you are able to keep the doc at bay and that Ashlynn decides she's hungry or thirsty and will make those diapers wet for you. It's so scary when a one that little is sick.

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Kendra
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Oh boy! I hope everyone feels soon and that it's only up and up for Ashlynn-and that she starts eating again. Yowsers! No fun for mama-on so many levels...Praying for you guys!

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7:28 PM delete

Praying that your family gets better soon!

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