So Ava has…

Ava’s nasal swab came back and she has influenza.   Influenza, at the end of April, so annoying!    But it makes sense, because Sarah had classic influenza symptoms last week with her three days of fever and runny nose and cough.     So one week it plays havoc with Sarah’s sugars and the next week lands Ava in hospital.  I am not a friend of influenza.

They are starting Ava on Tamiflu tonight – the anti-viral medication – and the dr said today that they won’t be sending us home tomorrow so it looks like we will be here until Friday –  hopefully not longer.

It does mean that we will have to reschedule Ava’s GI appointment that she had at Sick Kids this Friday.  It was her first appointment to start the process on hopefully getting Ava a Gastrostomy tube (G-tube) to replace her current nasal gastic feeding tube.    But I guess it will have to wait.

We will also have to see if we can keep Ava’s new catheterization date of May 13 , I will keep you posted.

So please keep praying for our sick little Birdy and our family as we are split up for a few days.   Thankfully by God’s grace we’ll get through this little bump in the road just fine and we are just really happy to know what Ava has so can deal with it and keep moving on.


Just wanted to do a quick post to let you know that Ava was admitted to hospital here in London once again last night.  We had a nice little visit with our friends in the ER Monday night as Ava seems to be struggling with her fluid balance and had started to cough more like she had caught another bug.  Our cardiologist saw her and at that point gave me the option of staying in case she got worse, but I opted for the taking her home and watching her like a hawk.  But then yesterday at dinner time I wasn’t happy about her work of breathing and rapid heart-rate.  Together they made her tremble and it was rather disconcerting.   My neighbour Sheila and Jason both agreed she didn’t look right – so after talking with Toronto again, well… here we are.

And it looks like we will be here another 24 hours at least until her nasal swab comes back and tells us what bug this is – probably the same one that Sarah had last week.  I always do try to teach my kids to share!!   But Ava dealing with a virus and a healthy child dealing with a virus are clearly two different ball games.

My sweet sick little Birdy, I feel so bad for her because everything seems to hurt her and she is so ultra-sensitive. I console myself by remembering she won’t remember any of this.

And once again, even in this little blip, there is a lot to be thankful for.   For starters, my friend Rachel who gave up two evenings to sit with Ava and I in the ER – I so so appreciated that.   And I’m thankful for the amazing dr’s and nurses who take Ava very seriously and provide her with such amazing care.   And I’m thankful that I can abandon Jason at dinner-time with 4 hungry children to feed two times in a row and it’s absolutely no problem.  And God is so good.   Sometimes this journey is over-whelming and I just want to sit and have a good cry because I don’t know what the future holds.  But then I remember that I don’t have to know – God has that part all figured out already.  I just have to trust him – every day – with everything –  and He gladly grants me His peace and grace in exchange for my fears.    And I’m accepting both grace and peace today.  Just like my favourite verse says…

Phil 4:6&7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything with prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Even when your baby is sick and admitted.