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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Endoscopy and Colonscopy

Isaac has undergone a colonoscopy and endoscopy and has been out for an hour. He did well through the procedure and is in his room resting at the moment. We are asking for major prayers right now. When the GI doctor was going through the colon, he found some masses and blister-like pouches. He showed us pictures and said that he's never seen blisters like that before. He took biopsies of the masses that were there and results should hopefully be back by Monday. They have no idea of what it could be but are starting him on an antiobiotic for certain GI viruses called Flagyl. If the diarrhea starts improving, then maybe it was a certain virus causing it. No answers yet, but we are hoping for Monday. There are certain other things it could be but I'm not going to name them and scare people on here. We are already scared as it is and probably making too much of it, but just pray for the best. Sorry the update is so short, but not much more information than this was given to us. God Bless you all!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Admitted to Children's Covenant in Lubbock

Besides Isaac's ongoing diarrhea (thinking from teething), we thought he was doing pretty well. But of course yesterday, he gave us a scare. When Dad changed his diaper, he noticed a red glob mixed in with his poop. He asked me to look and wanted to get my opinion. I'm no doctor and I said "well, maybe he's just got some irritation from having the runs for so long." Well, it still kinda scared me because the glob was about two inches long and looked like a glob of jelly. I looked it up online and it of course scared me. It came up with a lot of reasons but the worst was called intussusception, and it absolutely scared us of course. Ernest called the On-call cardiologist and told him the situation. He asked us to go to the nearest hospital and get it checked out. Well, with the experiences we've had with our local hospital, we didn't want to take the chance and take him there. We told him that the closest children's hospital was located 2 hours away and that we would rather take him there. So thinking that maybe they would just test and discharge him on the same day, we left as early as we could. We ended up leaving by noon and got to the children's emergency at 2pm. Bloodwork, xrays, and cultures were done very quickly, thankfully because I guess Isaac was in the right mood to cooperate. All the primary results came back negative but they wanted to go ahead and admit him for more tests and monitoring. Let me say, that even though we hated to stay overnight, the children's floors are so cute and pretty. The only complaint that we had was that there is only room for one person to sleep on the sleeper couch. We tried to make ourselves fit on the couch for a nap, but it just did NOT work out. Ernest went to go buy an air up mattress. So besides the nurses coming in through the night, we slept well. Doctors came in to see him this morning and talked to us. They told us that although he is stooling blood, they didn't think it was intussusception but they wanted to do an ultrasound to make sure. The doctors here think that maybe the immunosuppressants that he is on are the culprits. Ultrasound was done and radiologist didn't see anything to worry about. We were waiting for doctors to come by this afternoon, but I guess we'll have to wait again till morning. I'm praying that maybe they'll just end up making changes to his medicine or giving him something to coat his intestines and get us going home by tomorrow evening. We really need to get home because my Mom is at home alone with Eli and my niece. My niece is 12 years old and her and Eli are a big help with her. My aunt goes to check on her periodically and stayed with her overnight but I hate to burden them. Please send your good thoughts our way. I will keep everyone posted.

Setting aside all of this weekend's drama, we had a great time last weekend. Our friend, Melody, her two nieces, nephew and mom visited us for a few days. We did all there was to do in Midland. We went shopping, out to eat, went to the drivin and best of all went swimming. This was Isaac's first time in the water and although the initial cold shock scared him he ended up loving it. Here are some recent pictures.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Still in Houston

So, we were a day from going back to Midland and then something awful happened....after we ate dinner Friday night at Fuddrucker's, my mom came out of the restaurant, tried to step off of the sidewalk, slipped in the mud and broke her leg. Fuddrucker's immediately called the ambulance and they were there within minutes. I guess because Mom has no medical insurance, she was taken to Ben Taub trauma center. Although I can't complain too much about the doctors, the hospital is horrible. She is in a room with 3 other people and the lady next door is being watched because they are suspecting that drugs are in play. Surgery was done two days ago and now all they are keeping her in the hospital for is pain management and physical therapy. She hasn't had to to take much for pain and physical therapy is trying to see if she'll do well with a walker...which she's been doing pretty good. Now, we are just waiting for them to release her so we can get back home and get her into some kind of program for her medical care. She has also been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. I kind of always suspected it, but she has never been one to go to the doctor and get it checked. I guess we're all just a little glad this happened when it did, because it could've only gotten worse as time went on. So now, we have to worry about her health and make sure that she IS taking care of herself. She has to be out of work for at least 3 months while her leg heals. Once I get back home, I've got to find a part time job to be able to pay for these extra medical bills and her monthly financials. So, I would never really do this...but I am desperate. Does anyone know of anywhere (besides fastfood) that is hiring for evening help? Any thoughts or suggestions...please email me at elisaac2629@gmail.com. I am finally able to start online classes tomorrow and am so excited. It shouldn't take long to get this Medical Transcription degree (hopefully in a year) to get a job in the medical field. That is in the works right now too. I'm sure we'll be able to handle all these extra situations...its just that the future of things seems a little foggy at the moment. The Good Lord obviously knows we can handle some challenges and I'm sure we can this time too. Please pray for us...but especially for my Mom's strength. God Bless you all!

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