Saturday, March 8, 2014
Often when we are in the middle of an adoption I find myself striving...aching to have my child home. Or if we were moving to a new place to have my house sold, or if I am in the middle of a medical issue to have it be over and healing to begin. It is not hard to strive for things especially things that are " good " things to strive for. However , we miss so much when find ourselves like this. I loved this devotion from Jesus Calling I had this morning :
Save Your Best Striving For Seeking My Face. I am constantly communicating with you. To find Me and hear My voice, you must seek Me above all else. Anything that you desire more than Me becomes an idol. When you are determined to get your way, you blot Me out of your consciousness . Instead of single - mindedly pursuing some goal, talk with Me about it. Let the Light of My Presence shine on this pursuit, so that you can see it from My perspective. If the goal fits into My plans for you, I will help you reach it. If it is contrary to My will for you, I will gradually change the desire of your heart. See Me First and foremost ; then the rest of your life will fall into place, piece by piece.
1 Chronicles 16 :11 Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Most importantly Gracie loved it and felt special. I had made a camo cake. They wore beards, pitched strawberry marshmallows into a camo colored bucket, made our own duck calls with a straw, and we watched the DD Christmas Special. Happy 11 th bday Gracie Jane !
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Last Thursday we rented the Galaxy Skating rink for a family celebration of our last nite with the Hambricks. It was a lot of fun and we want to do it again next year. Not many families can do this or would it be worthwhile but if you added all of us it was just as cheap to rent the whole rink which included skate rental and the use of the coolest play area ever. Again memories were made and there was lots of laughter. Loved having everyone together.
Monday, February 24, 2014
It was a lot warmer on Saturday when they arrived. Now it is freezing cold again and snow is in the forecast for tomorrow.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
We left this am and were gone for 11 hrs . We have some " homework" to do : ) Collect a stool sample for 3 days into 2 vials a day...That is a total of 42 vials of poop samples. Now I have done this many times before....but always in groups of 2 or 3 kids. We keep each days specimen out of the refrigerator until we have collected all of them and then we mail them back to NIH overnite. My kids already think I am nuts...and now well you can imagine. " You want me to poop in a hat ? Then you are saving them for a few days ? Then you are sending them off in the mail ? " We are also getting company Saturday- Jenn and Jeremiah are home from Haiti for a few weeks...so my grand babies will also wonder what is Nana doing ?
It was a very informative visit . The Peds clinic and Dr. Nash's team were wonderful. I will share more when we get some results...but they are certain some of the kids have malaria and some other things going on.
When our children have come home from Ghana they have all been tested for malaria as a routine part of their initial check up and labs. The problem is almost all labs only test using the thick and thin smear test. This has not picked up our children's malaria. The first child that went to NIH was Abby. She went for a different parasite that seemed not to resolve after treatment. So we were refered to the Schistosomiasis doctor. He did a full work up and an ultrasound of her abdomen. Her spleen was large even larger than an adults should be. He immediately suspected malaria and her blood test done at NIH which is the PCR test was positive for malaria. She has been treated . Now to her schist. diagnosis. The eggs that the lab test at our home saw were schist. eggs so that is why we were referred on to NIH. When Dr. Nash looked at them ( and he collected many samples to view ) he could tell they were dead eggs and not live ones. A person will shed dead eggs for a long time even after the parasite has been treated and basically eradicated. He has traveled all over the world for this parasite. He is a delightful doctor who is also a teacher personality. Very wise and very patient with us and he enjoys sharing all of his knowledge with us as much as we enjoy hearing about the diff. medical issues.
I share all of this so if you have adopted a child from a country where malaria is prevalent and they have had a lab test that is negative but still have symptoms. Ask what the test was. Was it a thick and thin smear blood test ? The PCR or even a quick antigen is a more sensitive test for malaria.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
I mean who takes 7 kids to NIH or who even has 7 kids anymore : ) Of course we have 4 times that plus 4 and we go to doctor visits a lot. We however are participating in a research study on parasites - malaria and a few other ones no one would even know what they are. I have learned a lot about malaria since several of our children have had it. We are so very grateful to Dr. Nash and his colleagues for making this happen for our family. So how do you prepare for 7 kids and a baby ( Calea) and 4 adults to go to NIH ? Lots of food and snacks made the nite before. Four bags are packed and 2 strollers and 4 car seats in the 15 passenger and we are ready to roll bright and early
5:30 am.. It will be an interesting day and adventure for sure.