Tuesday, September 21
On Monday of the week I last posted, Norah was admitted to the hospital for her high fevers and swollen glands. After treating her for Kawasaki's Disease, she wasn't getting any better and the doctors began looking for other causes. Some of them feared a bacterial infection in her body and started her on IV antibiotics. Meanwhile, she had blood drawn for a variety of viruses, blood cultured, a chest x-ray to rule out a tumor, and two ultrasounds to look for an abcess (infection) in her lymph node. By Saturday she looked like she was responding to the second IV antibiotic they tried, and we went home. (All tests were negative for the things I mentioned.)
On Sunday night, she was readmitted. The lymph node had grown larger and developed a red streak over top of it. The fever came back. Today she had an MRI which showed an abcess in her lymph node and there is question as to whether or not the infection has settled in her bone as well. Tomorrow she will have surgery to drain the abcess, culture the bacteria growing and decide whether or not she should be treated for bone infection as well. She will likely be in the hospital for another 2-5 days following the surgery. She will come home with a PICC line so that she can receive IV antibiotics for possibly up to 8 weeks.
But you will not catch me saying I'm weary. I'm tired, I'm worried about her, but at the moment, I'm just thankful that she's okay and that we are going to get to the bottom of what's been going on for the past two weeks.
Sunday, September 12
A seven year old who enjoys annoying said two year old while sick and whiny with a fever.
A dossier stuck in California, making it feel like forever until we meet the three year old.
A five year old who thinks it is super fun to be naked. AGAIN. (I thought we passed this stage?)
I love being a mom, but tonight, I'm tired and weary. Good night.
Tuesday, September 7
We recently went to Tennessee to visit family. Norah's cousins took care of "Tennessee-ifying" her, as her dad and I put it.
If you know our extended family, this totally makes sense. Bows in her hair, riding a quad. This says it all.
We had a wonderful time.
Monday, September 6
I am a better person because I am Will's mom.
Saturday, September 4
Friday, September 3
As if the money I spend on three kids' shoes and the torture of taking kids shopping weren't enough, Will hates the change. At the beginning of summer, I buy him sandals because he doesn't tolerate heat as it is. It takes him a couple of weeks of trying to take his shoes off every waking minute I have them on him, and then all is okay.
THEN comes my favorite season....FALL. Favorite except for shoe shopping where I go to Stride Rite because the worker
If you are looking for me, I'll be the one repeatedly putting the shoes back on my son's feet while enjoying the apple cider.