Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Update on Elizabeth

Hello everyone!
I just wanted to post and let everyone know how Elizabeth made out at the eye doctor. Apparently she has 20/20 vision in her right eye and 20/25 in her left eye. With near perfect vision, we are back to the drawing board as far as her headaches are concerned. This past Friday I met with her pedi and she would like to do a CT scan but her insurance won't let her do one until other less expensive tests are done first. So, she ordered a 3 way x-ray of her sinuses and prescribed three different meds for her to take over the course of the next few weeks. This is to rule out possible sinus infection or inflammation. If that does not work then she can justify the CT scan to the insurance company. We have an appt. with the Dr. on the 15th to check everything. So far she is still having headaches. Please pray for wisdom for us all. I really don't want to put Elizabeth through any unnecessary tests, but I also don't want her to continue to suffer through headaches everyday. Thanks for praying!
In Him,

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Praises and Updates

Hello Everyone!
I pray everyone is doing well. We are in our 3rd week of school and things are going really great! Elizabeth has become an A/B student in Math (formerly a C student). While she does not particularly enjoy everything she is doing, she is still doing well in every subject. Her legs are doing great. She still has a little ache in them when it rains she says, but other than that she is back to playing with her friends as always. Since starting school she has begun to experience headaches while reading or concentrating so we have an appt with an eye Dr. on Oct. 1st. I will let you know how that turns out.

Rebekah is doing so great in school that quite frankly I am speechless. She has decided all of a sudden that she really likes to read and that school isn't so bad after all. Now those of you who know the struggles I have had with her on these points will know that this is just a miracle! I have prayed for so long that the Lord would instill a love of learning in her heart and I am so thankful that he finally has. She is reading a large portion of her work on her own and understanding it perfectly. She is truly a changed child and a joy to teach! Praise Him!

Rachel is a pure delight! I watch her sometimes in awe. That the Lord would bestow such a wonderful gift to me is so humbling. I look forward to seeing each new day through her eyes and it is truly amazing. We took her to a cardiologist today to check her murmur. They have found it to be completely innocent. We are so thankful.

I will try to be more faithful in updating. I know I have said that before, but know that I really am trying.:0)

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Great Dr. visit/Getting ready for school

Hello Everyone!
Elizabeth saw the orthopedic Dr. today. The Dr. says that Elizabeth is getting stronger and looks really good. Throughout this past week she has had a significant decrees in pain. For this we are so thankful. She still can't jump around and go crazy but was told to just use common sense. If it hurts STOP!:P She has another appt in 21/2 week just to check how things are going. However, the Dr. said that if she is doing great that we can cancel. Sooo, we won't bet going to PE tomorrow, but I don't think it is that big of a deal since it's raining here like crazy anyway and I do NOT want to be out in it all day.

I can't believe that school starts next Monday! WOW! Where did our summer go. I am not even close to being ready. I will have to jump into overdrive to get everything done. However, with that said, we WILL be ready and start school on time. I think Rebekah is getting a little excited about starting back but doesn't want to admit it. Elizabeth is not looking forward to starting back but she is also almost 13. Enough said!

Mike's birthday is this Wednesday. We are looking forward to celebrating. However, we probably will wait til the weekend since he is just so tired during the week. We have a lovely painting for him that a local friend did. It is of two blue footed boobies (birds for those that don't know). I think it will remind him of the tropics, diving, and the ocean. Elizabeth's gift for her dad is a song. He has been on her for some time now to learn Moonlight Sonata on the piano. She has been practicing for months now without his knowledge and plans to play it for him on his day. Rebekah is not sure what she wants to do yet, but I am sure we will think of something quite special.
Well, that is all for now. My love to you all.

Friday, August 15, 2008

New Prayer's and Big Praises

Hello everyone. I pray you have all had a wonderful week. Things are going fairly well here. Elizabeth's therapy is going well. She is still in pain but hopefully with time things will get better. I found out that my insurance would not accept Mrs. Deb's office. I guess she is outside their system. However, I was up for renewal and had the option to change which company we used so I have switched. This is not the only reason I have switched, but it is one of several big ones. The new company does accept her office so we are very grateful. I did not find this out til after Elizabeth's second appointment, which was denied by the old company. So Deb has basically been seeing Elizabeth for FREE! What a testimony to the way the body of Christ is suppose to take care of each other. I know it is not the same as money, but I will have to bake her some of my Amish Friendship bread. YUM!

Rebekah did not have to go to the Dr's. for her eye. I was ever so grateful that the irritation went away after a good night's rest. Please pray for Rebekah this coming Sunday. She was caught doing something she shouldn't and now has to confess it and ask for forgiveness. This is such a hard lesson to learn. However, Mike and I feel very strong that it is necessary she do this. Scripture is very clear about what we need to do when we have wronged a brother in Christ. It is our hope that these lessons learned now will help her to stay on the right path in the future.

Rachel had her 15 month check-up on Tuesday. She is doing well, however, the Dr. wants to see her again next month. While listening to her heart she detected a murmur. This of course was totally freaking me out at first. However, now that I have had a chance to reflect and pray, I have a clearer mind. I am not going to borrow trouble. God is in TOTAL control. I am praying that between now and then God will touch her little body and when we see the Dr. next month she will hear nothing but a perfectly beating heart. Can I get an AMEN! Also, the Dr. wants to check Rachel's weight. On Tuesday she weighted 20 pounds, which is what she weighed last time we were there. I am not really concerned with this, I just think she is going to be petite.

Mike and I are doing well. Mike is working hard as ever, but really liking the challenge of his new position. We are hopeful that his dedication will lead to bigger and better things for him as time goes on. He has also been working hard this week getting a lot of yard work done. The yard is really starting to look nice.
I am gearing up for the new school year. I have never liked the paper work part of homeschooling but it is a necessary evil. I plan to finish all of my filing in the next few weeks so I can have everything ready for Sept. 1st. I would really like to do something fun for the first day of school, however, I am at a loss. Please feel free to give me your suggestions:0) Well, that's all for now. Sending my love to you all. Have a great weekend.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Physical Therapy Visit

Hello Everyone! I thought I would let you all know how Elizabeth's appt. with PT went. We are very fortunate to know Elizabeth's physical therapist personally. Mrs. Deb, as the girls call her, is a member of our church and, I feel very confident that Elizabeth is getting the very best of care.

First, Deb interviewed Elizabeth about her knee. Once that was done she placed little electrodes on her skin along with anti-inflammatory medicine. The electrodes helped push the medicine down into the joint where it is inflamed. She also iced it for a good long while. After that, Deb showed Elizabeth several exercises that she wants her to do over the course of this month to help strengthen the muscles in her legs. We will go back to see her on Thursday where she will give her some more exercises and do the electrodes and medicine again.

While we were there she noticed that Elizabeth is standing and walking with her left ankle rolled in. She said that this can actually cause pain in the opposite knee (it is Elizabeth's right knee that is hurt). She does not feel this is what is causing her pain but, she said that it can and will cause her joint trouble as she gets older. She has suggested that we fit Elizabeth with an insert for her shoe so she walks, runs, stands,etc properly. However, our primary concern is to get rid of the pain she is experiencing now. I will talk to the orthopedist about this new development when we go back on the 25th.

In other news, Elizabeth is very excited to be going back to the vet's office tomorrow. She will wear her brace and call me if she needs to be picked up early. I also may take Rebekah to the Dr. tomorrow to have her eye looked at. I think she may be developing a sty.

I'll let you know how things go with everything in the next few days.
In Christ,

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Elizabeth Update

Well, The MRI came back clean so she will not need surgery. This is a very good thing. However, it also leaves us with many questions. No one is sure why her knee is hurting. It has been suggested that she may have bruised the bone, or compressed the cartilage when she wore the heels. So for now she will continue to take her pain meds when needed. She has been ordered off the crutches and she is only suppose to wear the brace when she will be up on her feet for a long time and she feels she needs it. Monday she goes to see a physical therapist who will give her some exercises to do over the course of this next month. On the 25th of Aug she will go back to the orthopedic for a re-check and see where she is at that point. The goal for the month is to strengthen her leg and knee.

Not much else to report so I will close for now.
In Christ,

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Long time no see!

Hello Everyone! Did you think I had forgotten that I had started this blog? Well, I didn't forget. Part of the reason I haven't posted is because we are often times very busy. The other reason is because it is summer and I am often times very lazy! I will try to hit the highlights of the last two months.

Mike - His back is doing much better, although it is still not 100%. He is doing stretching and strengthening exercises given to him by the physical therapist. It is slow progress but he is doing well. He has finally settled into that little promotion I spoke of way back when. It is not so much of a promotion as it is just a different job for the same company with a lot more responsibility and a little more money. He seems to like what he is doing at the moment, but we are still praying that at some point he will be able to get out of the plant and into an office type position.

Elizabeth - In June Elizabeth helped teach VBS (vacation bible school) with the youth group at church. She helped with the singing ministry and really enjoyed herself. I will try and remember to have her write about it soon. While she was there she jumped over a creek and hurt her ankle. We thought she may have broken it, but after x-rays we found it was only severely sprained. A few weeks after that the youth were in charge of our church service and she helped demonstrate all the songs they taught the children during the week. While she was doing this she was jumping in heals and injured her right knee. I believe that the initial injury happened when she jumped the creek, but jumping in heals really did her in. After a trip to the Dr. , x-rays which showed nothing, and rest she was still in pain so she was referred to an orthopedic Dr. She saw her this past Friday and she scheduled an MRI which was done this past Monday. We go tomorrow to find out the results. They are thinking she may have torn some cartilage. Please pray for this situation as surgery has been mentioned and that really scares her. I will update with the results tomorrow night as time allows.

Rebekah - Rebekah has been really enjoying her summer break. Her big summer project has been a dress she has been sewing with her sewing teacher. It is very pretty! The background is white and it has blue and green polka-dots all over it. Very cute, and very Rebekah! She has been spending most of her time just relaxing and playing on the computer or in her room. She has really stepped up in helping me these past few weeks since Elizabeth hurt herself. I don't know what I would do without her.

Rachel - Rachel will be 15months old on the 8th of August! I can't believe it. She is very active and in to EVERYTHING! Some of her favorite activities are to ride her horse, play her guitar, and dance. She loves to read and play games with her sister's too, but her most favorite activity is still nursing. I am happy to report that we are officially extended nursers. I didn't get to do that with Elizabeth or Rebekah so it is even more of a joy that I get to do it this time around. Rachel has been very healthy with the exception of a bought of Roseola a week ago.

Me - I am busy as ever trying to get things in order for this coming school year. I still have books to order and papers to file away from last year. It is a very time consuming job to stay on top of it all, however, I wouldn't change it for the world. With three girls to look after and a house to run I don't get a lot of free time but I really don't mind. Pretty soon they will all be grown and gone and I will have more free time than I will know what to do with. Mike and I do try to squeeze in a date here and there, and that is always nice.

Well , that pretty much sums up the highlights! I will update the blog with Elizabeth's results tomorrow.
In Him,