Thursday, July 3, 2008

Update #6 on Erin

My sis was released from the hospital Tuesday evening (with no diagnosis and instructions to follow up with the dermatologist and rheumatologist next week). She is staying at my mom’s house where there is more space and less people so she can rest and recuperate. I spoke to her yesterday morning and the plan for the day was for Paul to take Kaylee to his parent’s apartment (30 minutes away) for the day so Erin could nap without worrying how Paul is doing with Kaylee. Paul and Kaylee left around noon, and my mom came home from work at 3pm so she was only “alone” for 3 hours (she was never alone because my dad and brother were there working on the deck outside).

I called again this morning to check on her and she still sounded weak but the plan for today was the same as yesterday, with the exception of my brother being gone at Boy Scout camp until Sunday, and my dad stuck inside because it was raining (can’t build a deck in the rain!). That was about 9:30am.

At 3:45pm my mom phoned to tell me Erin had just been taken back to the hospital by ambulance. I guess she started to not feel well and could tell her heart rate was low. She phoned Paul and he said he would come back to my mom’s. In the meantime he told her to get my dad. She told my dad she needed help and either he checked her pulse or she just knew her heart rate was low, but either way, my dad called 9-1-1 and an ambulance rushed her back to the hospital. My dad called my mom at work while waiting for the ambulance to arrive, and she got to the hospital at the same time as my sis.

When my mom called, Erin was still on the stretcher in the ER waiting to go back to an exam room. At this point I’m not sure if she’ll be readmitted (I hope so!) or what the deal is. I am waiting for my mom to call me with an update. I called my friend Chelsea as soon as I hung up with my mom and she said if Erin was admitted again, she’d go up to see her, which of course made me feel better. I hate being here, not knowing what’s going on. I know I wouldn’t be able to do anything if I were there, but at least I’d be closer to her and could help with Kaylee and share the burden with my mom. She’s a diabetic so I worry about her health, too. That’s the latest news on Erin. It seems as if she’s getting worse instead of better, but again, the Lord is in control.

*I am thankful my dad called 9-1-1 instead of minimizing her complaints.*

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Happy Anniversary

Today is my 9 year anniversary. Happy Anniversary, TJ!

I received the sweetest card and hand-written note from him. Here is a little excerpt from the note:

You have given me 3 1/2 children and I am truly thankful. God
placed us in California on that day when we met for a reason,
He had a plan for us and we are still learning what that plan is. I
thank God for you and my children and how fortunate I really am.

Are those not the most heartfelt words you have ever read? TJ is not the mushy type, so for him to write this to me, it really means a lot.

We did not exchange gifts because we are planning to make a major purchase sometime in the near future, and that will be our gift to each other (and our kids). However, I would still like to go out for dinner (thanks to everyone who gave me suggestions and recommendations- I appreciate it!) and that's always a nice break. So often we hire a sitter to come but it's usually for me to go to appointments alone or take one of the kids somewhere. Rarely do TJ and I get to go out alone; I can't think of the last time we had a date night.

Well, I am off to clean my house a little bit this morning before we head over to a friend's house for lunch. My MIL is coming over to spend the night and I need to get ready for her visit. I was going to clean up last night but while we were leaving church to come home, I started having severe contractions that lasted all night. Some brought tears to my eyes and it was to the point that they only stopped when I was perfectly still. The moment I got up or changed positions they started again. TJ was a little worried but I told him if they didn't stop by this morning, I'd make an appointment to see the doctor. I didn't sleep well because whenever I changed positions I'd have one, but so far this morning I haven't had any. We'll see how the day goes.

*I am thankful for 9 years of marriage. I am thankful for the trying times that made us stronger and brought us closer together, and for the blissful times that made us appreciate each other more.*