Spoke too soon…

Well I know that I just posted that Ava was doing well in my last post, but apparently I spoke to soon.  The next morning after that post – yesterday morning – Ava woke up with a hacking cough.. oh no!   And then I noticed that it looked like Ava was trembling while she was sleeping, and sure enough she was breathing much faster than her norm and seemed to be working a bit harder to breathe  as well which didn’t make me happy.

So to be on the safe side I called her pediatrician and made an appointment to take her in that afternoon, but just to make sure I called our Single Ventricle nurse at Sick Kids to see what she thought, and she said that rather than take Ava to the dr, she should go to emerg.  So I packed up everything, and Jason drove us to the hospital.

And they were really good to us.   On one hand  – with Ava being who she is they don’t want to take any chances, but on the other hand, she wasn’t presenting that bad – not like the kid next to us with a terrible case of croup.  That’s the thing –  here I take Ava who I don’t want to get sick,   to hang out with the sickest kids in the city!  But thankfully we were in the isolation room so I kept that door closed.

They ordered a chest x-ray for her to see if anything was brewing in her chest – but thankfully her lungs are clear.  And her oxygen saturation levels are normal, so no pneumonia or anything at this point, which is fantastic.   And since she had just had an echo on Friday they knew she wasn’t in heart failure.   So after telling me that if any little thing changed with her or if I was concerned again to come right back, they let us go home.

But I have to admit that the cough does scare me.   Mostly because it takes so much out of her to cough and after a bad bout of coughing she typically breaks into a cold sweat.   So it’s stressing her out, and I just don’t want her stressed because that is definitely not good for her heart.   We want her to stay healthy so she will be in good shape for her heart catheterization which is only 2 weeks away!

So we pray.    And trust that God will be faithful yet again.  I love how verses come to mind in moments like this and this time it’s from Colossians… chapter 1…

1He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones ordominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 Andhe is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

God holds all things together – isn’t that the coolest thing?  I love being reminded of that, and I love the image of the univerise  breaking apart if God withdrew His hand.     So this God who is so big and so able,  can certianly hold together my little baby’s heart.   And I can go to sleep tonight in peace trusting Him to do so.

Amen.

Most People…

Most people enjoy their good health.  Most people would prefer to stay healthy and NOT get sick.  Most people would prefer to stay healthy and not get sick so they can go about their normal routine.  Most people just empathize with other’s who are sick and do not try to have them make you sick as well.  Most people do not take their temperature every 5 minutes just hoping that it will confirm what they already believed to be true – that they really are sick.    And most people when the thermometer FINALLY agrees with them and shows that their temperature may be rising even ever so slightly do not leap around and jump for joy and plan how great their day will be NOT at school, but rather spent lying reading on the couch.

Well that was Erik this morning, but we all know he’s not like most people.   William truly has been sick since the start of the week with a fever and headache that has morphed into a bad cough, and he legitimately got to miss school because of it  – and that was just killing Erik.  It’s funny because William loves school and would rather go, and Erik would do anything to stay at home and here they both were on the wrong sides of the fence.    Since Monday when it was clear William was staying home, Erik has been  trying to convince me that he was sick as well  – except he’s been showing no symptoms whatsoever.  But he got his wish this morning when just before we walked out the door  for the bus it really looked like it was happening as his temperature did rise according to the thermometer and his forehead did seem a bit warm and I hate sending kids to school with fevers.   But by noon I was very skeptical and took his temp again and he was perfectly normal.   I’m wondering if I need to replace my thermometer.   But I was a nice mom,  I called it a mental health day for him and let him stay home for the afternoon as well.

And as it turns out he’s a pretty handy guy to have around, especially when you are sorting out junk drawers and finding all sorts of things.  Because you can show Erik any gadget, any wire, any piece of plastic and he knows exactly what it is or where it came from, and if he doesn’t know – then you can be fairly confident that it’s garbage.    So with his help I got a lot of stuff sorted out today.   And when I found all of our mini-video cassettes from our video camera  and wanted to know how to get the video off the camera and to the computer – he knew what a fire wire was and even found one for me (which I found surprising) and although we never got it working, he spent the rest of the afternoon on techie websites trying to trouble-shoot some problem we were having with the camera.  This kid puts me to shame… I used to do techie things, but at 8 he’s already left me in the shade.

So most people wouldn’t get their little brother to lick them to try to make them sick, just so they could stay home for day, but I’m here to say that I really am glad that Erik isn’t like most people. 🙂