If you didn't get a chance to see the half dozen adoption-auction-donations we post over the weekend, check them out here. I'll leave them up for the rest of today.
Tonight on the radio show, I'm joined by Laurel Diacogiannis and we'll be talking about teens: how to raise them with a passion for faith and values, and how to parent them through times of trouble and difficulty.
We have seven kids, 4 of them teens or older; Laurel has a dozen kids with a truckload of them teen or old too. Should be some interesting stories and advice.
This would be a good time to call in with your questions if you have teens or are moving towards those teen years. We'll extend to multiple nights on this topic if there is enough interest. (www.themindofbrent.com)
From Michelle - Abby Update
Thank you for praying for Abby yesterday. It was a long and tiring day followed by an nervous night. Our trip to ER took over 7 hours. Abby was a sweetheart but I know she would have rather been home swimming with Hannah and Landis.
Abby's self diagnosis before we got to ER was, "Mommy, I am very, very sick." That is a phrase she almost never, ever utters. Let me tell you, it got our attention. Her fever won her an automatic ER trip but I would have called to doctor even without the temp.
ER drew blood work, did a chest x-ray and a quick exam... all very standard for cancer kids when they run a fever. The chest x-ray showed an infection in Abby's lungs and she has an ear infection; not surprising when you can hear her gurgling, gravel-y cough clear across the house.
Because Abby's white blood cell count was so high, they let her go home on oral antibiotics. Do I think that will be enough to lick this??? Uhh, no.
Last night I slept with Abby. Not something I normally do but I wanted to be close if she needed me. Really "sleep" is something only one of us did. Sleeping with Abby is like sleeping in a gigantic bowl of Rice Krispies. Her lungs crackle and pop all night as they struggled to take in oxygen needed. Wheezing and junky I am sort of used to. The crackling stressed me out.
First thing this morning, I started making phone calls to the experts. I will be picking up the x-ray soon and taking Abby to see her pulmonologist, one of my favorite doctors on the planet. I trust him completely. I would dearly love to hear him say "the ER doctor is wrong, Abby's lungs are perfectly healthy, stop worrying".
Remember when I wrote about Abby's CO2 and how she stops breathing at night to try to correct it? At ER it was worse than it was last week. Not good. Her medications for her intracranial pressure make her CO2 dangerously low and respiratory problems can make it even lower as Abby breaths quickly because of airway anxiety. Bad combination. I have a call into the Neurologist about this one. He just adjusted the medications on Friday but it wasn't enough.
I will update you when we know more. Thanks for praying.
Photos From Brent
Thought you might enjoy some spring flower photos I snapped in our yard today. I love photos of plants and flowers but can't tell you the name of half of them. I just water them, pull weeds and enjoy them.