Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Bad attitude

Here's a conversation I over heard at around 1:30 am.

Nurse: Hi Adam. My name is Mary. I am here to get your vitals. Is there anything you need?

Adam: I need my mommy to wake up.

Nurse: Let's let mommy sleep. Since I am here I can help you. I can get you whatever you need.

Adam: I need you to leave and for mommy to wake up.

There comes a point during hospital stays that you just quit being nice. Adam is there. He is ready to go home.

So are we!

We should be leaving within the next couple of hours.

There's no place like home, There's no place like home!


Monday, August 30, 2010

Not again!

Well we are here at Levine's Children's Hospital. Adam is fighting an infection and needed some IV antibiotics to help out. We were admitted yesterday, Sunday, and if all goes well we will go home on Tuesday.

He did not have a virus as we were originally told. He has a UTI as his mama suspected from the beginning. I have learned over the years that those instincts are usually right. Had he been given antibiotics from the onset of his fever we wouldn't be here right now. Unfortunately his original urinalysis was negative so there was no way to know for sure. No one's fault, just unfortunate. The culture showed the bacteria two days later which is why he was getting worse not better.

He was so sick when we arrived at the hospital, raging fever, vomiting, and could not stay awake. He was also dehydrated. Well by last night he was looking better. His color had improved and he was talking and playing. Today continues to be a day of improving.

We are hopeful to be home by tomorrow.

Thanks to all who pray for us. This is his 4th hospital stay since January and his third since being home with us. I hope we are off the hook for a while after this one!

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Saturday, August 28, 2010

A Dilemma and We won

Last night we had a bit of a dilemma.

Adam was sick and running a fever.

Stephen and C.J. were playing together for the first time.

What's a mama to do?

My dear friend and mom to 4 gave me the advice I wanted to hear.

She said he's a fifth child, load him up with Advil and go see your boys play.

Honestly I was leaning that way anyway but her advice was the confirmation I needed.

I am so glad I didn't miss it.

I held Adam most of the time which is what I would have done at home. As it turned out he is much sicker than we knew. His pediatrician called today and they want to see him again tomorrow. He has a bad bacterial infection and is now back on Cipro. Poor guy!

Here are the pics from C.J.'s debut on the Varsity team.
He is the kicker.

C.J. warming up

It is hard to see but number 29 and number 5 are on the field at the same time.

We won!

Our two varsity players.

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Friday, August 27, 2010

Football, Football and more Football

JV "Maverick Walk"

#80 is our favorite!

Getting ready

That's C.J. kicking off

After the game

We won. My C.J. scored 9 of those 21 points.

Sammy, destined to be a cheerleader

Go Mavs!


Even the moon was orange last night for the Maverick game.

C.J. played a great game last night. So great he got called up to play in the varsity game tonight. This will be the first time ever the boys will play on the same team. We are so excited!

So that means football last night, football tonight, and we are going to the Panthers game tomorrow night.

This is our life from now until November.

If the boys have it their way we will be playing in December.


Tuesday, August 24, 2010


Sweet Josiah has found his forever family!

One of the children from this post has found his forever family. You can read about it here.
Please help out if you can financially by clicking the donate button on their blog.

Please pray for them as they set out to follow God and bring home Josiah.

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Sunday, August 22, 2010

It's that time of year again!

We love the tailgating.

AK enjoying her barbecue.

Sam and Adam waiting for the "Maverick Walk"

It seems more like a college game than a High School game.

Here they come!

The tradition continues.

Number 5 in his last opening game. He's our favorite!

Ready to play.

Coming off the field

With his good friend Matt. They have been friends since 4th grade.

Breaking up the play

Watching the game with Dad

Brothers post game

What a fantastic Friday night we had. They won 26 to 6. The post game party continued at a local restaurant where we watched the news highlights.

It is sad knowing this is his last season. His last opening game. But as with all things time marches on and so must we. I will enjoy every moment of this season!!!

Ni Hao Y'all

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I am having trouble with my blog. I can't get the pages to stay up while I compose a post. Greg will try to fix it today. Hopefully I will be able to post later.

Happy Sunday.


Friday, August 20, 2010

A Big Hint

Can you guess what we're doing?
Here's a big hint!

More photos to come!


Monday, August 16, 2010

Strength for Today

My oldest and youngest sons.

Ever wish you could be two places at once?
Today was one of those days for me. Adam had a post-op appointment at Duke. His stitches were taken out today. I needed to be there for him.

At the exact same time Stephen had his interview with the recruiter for the school he really wants to go to. I wanted to be in Charlotte for him.

While Adam was lying on the table table having stitches removed I said a prayer for Stephen. Even if I can't be two places at once our great God can.

I called home as soon as we were back in the car. Stephen said the interview went well and he feels very good about it. He is one step closer.



Thank you God for strength for today!

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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Faux Hawk

This is what happens......

...when you have a 10 year old sister who wants to "fix" your hair.
He is such a good sport!

Adam is continuing to recover. He is not in any pain. He is just starting to move around by crawling. His ability to walk is progressing very slowly and we start physical therapy again next week. Some of the hardest times are when he thinks he can just move around and walk as he did before and then he realizes that he just can't. Yesterday I had him in his walker and he said " I just can't do this anymore." He was so frustrated and it breaks my heart.

I think he will have to work hard in physical therapy to get back to where he was.

He asked us the other day, out of the blue, to play the violin.
No legs needed. I think it is a great idea.

Happy Saturday!

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Last Day

Our last hospital day was again a long day. I have come to the conclusion that every day your child is in the hospital is a long day.

At 7:15 am Dr. Fuchs stopped by our room to let us know the plan for the day: continue to sit him up to a 90 degree angle, let him get to his feet with a PT then go home.
It sounded like a great plan and Adam and I were so excited. I began to pack.

After he had been sitting for a while at 90 degrees the nurse checked his bandage and notice some drainage. She called the doctor to come take a look. The doctor came and removed the bandage. He told me to lay him back down. When I asked why he said "This is spinal fluid and we have to start over."

I said, "What does that mean?" He said we have to lay him flat for 5 days and try again. The tears began to flow from my eyes. I could not hold them back. Adam started crying and said, "Mommy we not going home today?" I could hardly tell him no. We were both inconsolable. He started saying "I am never going home!" Poor guy, the thought of laying flat for another five days was just too much. I started thinking of the other kids too and how hard it would be for mom to be gone for another week.

About the time we had dug in and decided we could do it the doctor came back in. He had consulted with the team treating Adam and decided to sit him back up and keep checking his dressing. If he was leaking spinal fluid he would develop a headache and his bandage would be wet. Adam and I prayed together and each time they checked it he was dry and he never developed a headache.

About 4:00pm we finally got the word...You're going home!
I finished packing and by 5:00pm we were headed back to Charlotte!
Adam, me and the girls were so happy.

We were welcomed home by Greg and the boys. It was so nice to have our family together again.

Adam has had a great day and continues to feel better.

Thank you for following our journey to Duke and home. Thank you for covering us in prayer. Many prayers were answered. We are so glad it is behind us.

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