Monday, January 4, 2010
Here are our girls on Christmas. (Yes, that is the best one.)
We hope all of you had a blessed holiday season! We were so thankful to get to be with all of our family who were so instrumental and supportive and prayerful in helping us through last year. Contrasted against the dark times we endured, the blessings of sacrificial family and prayerful friends shine bright!
I'm trying to memorize this verse:
Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name. Heb 13:15.
My sweet husband gave this verse to me last week. It wasn't a subtle hint. It was direct acknowledgement to my complaint that all I had been doing lately was listen to myself whine and complain.
So, trying not to transfer my whine through the keys, I'll commence with our update.
Jordan is feeling well. Even after our diet went from occasionallyy making exceptions to the exception being the rule over the festive feasting season, his energy levels continue to be excellent and his pain level nearly non-existent. But, we're continuing with the gradual process of replacing our cupboards with good-for-you-anticancer foods.
The Monday before Christmas we went to the hospital because Jordan's mediport (the implant used to access his bloodstream with medications) is essentially causing his skin to tear from the inside out. The obvious big concern here is infection, which is why they wanted us to come in right away. The doctor that implanted the port saw us, told us to keep it very, very clean and to come back if the hole gets bigger. He said this isn't a common occurrence, but happens more often in thin people because the layer of fat is almost non-existent so the mediport stretches the skin to the point of tearing. We were in and out in an unexpectedly short amount of time. The poor girls spent over an hour solid in the back of Uncle Josh's car. He was so gracious as to come and get them for the day with the reasoning that the doctor most likely would adjust or remove the port. I called him when we were walking out, he turned around in his driveway, drove them back to our home, and patiently waited for us in the parking lot. After we discovered (the hard way) that our gas gauge is very faulty, pushed our van down War Memorial, and refueled, we were able to relieve him of his charges.
On Christmas day we went to the hospital after Arawen took a tumble onto the tile floor in my parents' kitchen during our Christmas party. After x-rays in the ER confirmed a spiral fracture of the femur (read: broken in 2 pieces), they admitted us for the night. The next day, she was sedated and got all decked out in a bright pink body cast. Why a body cast for just one broken leg? The nature of the break and where it is required both legs to be immobile for the healing to be optimal. Originally, we were told that she'd likely require surgery. We were so thankful to discover that because the fracture didn't enter her growth plate, surgery wasn't necessary. After an exhausting and emotional day, we were finally discharged around 8 p.m. We were in and out in an excruciatingly longer-than-expected amount of time.
The girls fought off a cough at the beginning of December, but Arawen's has stuck around, so a doctor's visit the following Thursday sent us home with a diagnosis of excessive mucous production in her upper respiratory tract. The constant reclining position that her cast places her in is probably aggravating her cough. We were thankful that her lungs are very clear!
Arawen turns 1 tomorrow! We'll celebrate with our families in a cupcake sweater and a huge pair of pink pants.
Jordan leaves for Mexico on Wednesday for his third followup since we've been home.
My parents are generously opening their home to the girls and myself for the remaining of the week. While taking care of in immobile and significantly heavier one-year-old and a very active 2 1/2 year old by myself is probably not entirely impossible, having my family around to help will be extremely helpful in my fast from complaining.
Please pray for the travels to and from Mexico for Jordan. He will hopefully be bringing lab results back to show to the doctors here and pursue getting more scans in the upcoming weeks. Unfortunately, his mediport wound is enlarging. While it's not ideal, we're thinking of just having it removed and continuing his treatments through temporary IVs when he's in Mexico. Pray for wisdom in our decisions about his healthcare. Pray for the next 5 weeks of Arawen being in her cast and for "only-God" healing of her bone.
Thanks for keeping up with us. May the fruit of your lips be continual thankfulness and joyful praise! This is my prayer.
My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips. Psalm 63:5
Here's sweet little Arawen in her new get-up. She really is being a trooper about the whole thing and has retained her joy and easy-going nature.