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A non perfect ending to a perfect weekend

Saturday was a test in a parent's ability to keep up with their children….we lost. We started the day celebrating the birthday of a fellow classmate of Rachael's at Dinosaur World, fun was had by all! We then ran to the YMCA where Rachael was in her glory starting her first class of beginner gymnastics. She gave it 125% and had a fantastic time! We took a quick home break so that Peyton could have a nervous breakdown and the rest of us could have a nap. Good times! We're such party animals.

After regrouping, we headed off to our school fall festival which was a frenzy of games, free candy, cupcakes, hot dogs, friends and snow cones. Our day was topped by a birthday extraveganza for a friend of Nathaniel's that was acutally as much fun for me as it was for the kids because I do so love the hosts. What a crazy day!

And I realize and honestly admit that it was too much, that we probably should have let some things slide, but we feel the need to squeeze as much quality time in as we possibly can when we have the chance. It's so hard when we can never make plans, we never know when we're going to have to back out at the last minute, when we have to cancel everything because Peyton's going to get sick.

The point made perfectly clear because today I'm writing this posting from Peyton's hospital room. Yes, we had to ruin a perfect Sunday afternoon by trucking down to the hospital. Old killjoy had to get an infection in her toe!

It looks as though she got some sort of bug bite on her foot and it got infected with either staph or strep and was rapidly escelating. Luckily, we caught it and she's admitted and they're giving her heavy doses of antibiotics. They all have different ideas of when we're heading home. One says Monday, one says Wednesday, one has mentioned Friday…we packed to be here until December, just in case.

It rather freaked me out because first thing in the morning she had a bug bite, then she had a swollen toe, then she had a swollen foot and a toe that looked like a Viena Sausage! Next thing you know, she has these red streaks flaring up from her toe up her foot towards her ankle.

Our conversation
Me: Yeah, I think maybe I'll go ahead and call the doctor, red streaks up the ankle and all.
Pete: Probably a good call there.
Me: Allrighty
We're so getting used to this life and all that comes with it.

So, she's already doing better, she was looking really rough when we left for the hospital, but now she's perked up nicely. She's had pain medication and they've brought down her temperature, and two doses of antibiotics. She had a nice little nap. She's currently chewing on a straw and watching Blues Clues, so she must be better. She told me she's hungry and I've ordered her scrambled eggs (at 9:30 PM, the kitchen had to LOVE that) and a banana. Hopefully the two of us will get some sleep tonight.

We'll let you know if anything changes!

With love

ps…I totally forgot to post, Peyton added a new interesting trick to her transfusion repertoire….breaking out in HIVES! Yeah, she had a wierd allergic reaction during her last transfusion. So, they gave her benadryl, she passed out, made for a totally relaxing afternoon for me. I highly recommend it for everyone. But now the benadryl thing is something they have to give her everytime they give her red blood.

3 Comments on “A non perfect ending to a perfect weekend”

  1. #1 Peter Mayhew
    on Oct 23rd, 2006 at 7:18 am

    If any of you moms at the school see something woefully wrong with Rachael's hair at school, feel free to fix it…believe me, you won't hurt my feelings….I can do pony tails and horrendous braids, but Anissa has talked her into growing her bangs out so I'm a little unsure what the heck to do with those.

  2. #2 Anissa
    on Oct 23rd, 2006 at 9:14 am

    oh, i forgot today was Nathaniel's class field trip. So, I forgot to tell Pete to pack him a lunch and to dress him in his PE clothes. I'm sure he's going to be realllllly upset about this and I'm going to hear all about it later. I feel bad because he was already upset that I couldn't go along as a chaperone, now I forget to even get him ready for the trip at all. Ugggg, this parenting thing is hard.

  3. #3 angela
    on Oct 26th, 2006 at 9:24 pm

    Way to go, could Nathaniel wear his PE clothes under his school uniform? It is not ALL your fault, ease up on yourself.
    Invest in barretts for those bangs. One on each side works great for months. Except stay away from school pictures being taken (that should be over way before now) Rosie moved her two barretts to one side and had hair sticking up between them for last years pictures. Really cute! Not!

    Okay, Peton gets hives from Red blood transfusions? How many colors of blood does she get anyway? I vote for purple. Maybe that color won't make her break out!! haha

    You guys are doing great. Hang in there.
    Love ya,