Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Wed, Feb 15, 2006

Just an update on Nora - she is doing a little better today although she has had terrible diareah today. We spoke with some of you on the phone and wanted to thank everyone for your prayers. :)

Nora received several special Valentine Cards yesterday :) She also received antoher POST CARD to add to her collection. I keep forgetting to mention that she started a post card collection last fall.

She now has 23 and they are taped up to her closet door. Her cards are from E-V-E-R-Y-W-H-E-R-E - Paris, Australia, Rome, KY, TN, OH, MT, AR, OK, MO just to name a few off the top of my head.......

none from GA yet... If you would like to drop a Post Card in the mail to Nora please email us for our mailing address if you don't have it already. We would love to receive a Post Card from you!!!

Monday, February 13, 2006

Mon, Feb 13, 2006

Nora has really bad infection in both ears. She has never had an ear infection before so this was a total surprise. I guess 17 months of breast feeding did pay off b/c Nora’s doctor seemed surprised that a child this old had never had an ear infection until now….almost 20 months old.

Dr. Byerly prescribed her an antibiotic and recommended to drink lots of water and also Pedialite since she vomited so much yesterday and last night. She’s never had the Pedialite before and I bought the grape since she loves the grape cough syrup but she wouldn’t drink it at all today. Maybe she will take some tomorrow.

Today she only weighed 23.8 lbs. Her weight was actually 2 lbs lower than her last time there! (Nov 2005) He said that fluids actually weigh a lot and thought that she would regain it soon. I guess her loosing 2 lbs that quickly would be equivalent to David or me loosing 20 lbs in a week probably.

I told him of her coughing and runny nose all last week and that David had been diagnosed with Step about 10 days ago… but he was most concerned with the ear infection and vomiting. He said that she should hold off on eating for the next two days and just drink. A jar of food or couple of crackers is all we should give her at meal time… so that she can keep it down and stressed again getting plenty of fluids.

He said that if she continues vomiting today after taking the medicine to call and he would give her the antibiotic by shot for the first dose to get her going and then the rest by mouth. Well after the Dr. I went to CVS and filled the prescription.

WOWZWERS! Just one antibiotic cost $56.45 after the insurance! I was shocked! I know my mouth dropped open when the cashier told me the amount. I wish now that the Dr. had given her the shot the $20 co-pay would have covered it along with the office visit!!!!

She is down for the night and knock on wood, we had no vomiting today. I hope tonight is a good night for Nora. She sure can use the rest as she has been worn out. Our appointment at 11am ruined her naptime – no 3 hour nap today. After we got put into an exam room she was so tired that she went to sleep in my lap and was asleep for about 10 minutes before the Dr. came in. He did most all of the exam with her asleep on my lap. She never knew he listened to her breathing, her heart, looked in her ears all while she was a sleep.

However when it came time for him to look in her mouth she did wake up and it was a very rude awakening! Poor Nora just got 20 minutes of nap time today. I hope tomorrow is a better day for Nora. Thank you for your prayers for Nora!

Mon, Feb 13, 2006

Just wanted you all to know that Nora has been really sick. All last week she has had a nasty nose and coughing and we have been giving her doses of medicine but yesterday (Sunday 2/12) she was SICK- SICK.

Before church she vomited twice. First when she was eating and second, while we were getting ready. Then at church she vomited during the readings and David did the best he could to cover her mouth and catch while rushing her to the back but she still made a mess. Luckily we sat in the 3rd from last row so not that many people saw it or knew of it....

...but then Father Tom had seen it as it happened b/c when he gave his homily he mentioned "poor little Nora Minor" and her getting sick……..I guess it somewhat tied in with the theme of lepers and how people were isolated and didn’t want to make other sick in the community…..

David and Nora stood up in the back for the rest of Mass. He wanted to stay close to the bathroom just in case. After we got home, we ate some lunch before putting her down for her nap and she had a good appetite. She ate several French fries and 3 chicken nuggets. But before we were done she vomited it all up (this now being the 4th time that day).

I took her up and gave her a bath and then put her down. Poor Baby. After her nap though she felt better than she had all day and had a grand time running around playing before bed time.

However…. This morning around 6am, just before the sun came up, I heard her coughing on the monitor and she was coughing one right after another so I got up to go give her some cough syrup and when I went in her bed was covered with dried up vomit. It was terrible! I won’t go into what it looked like but it was bad.

I picked her up and went and got David up and he came and changed out the bed sheet for me while I gave her medicine and then rocked her back to sleep. This morning I called Dr. Byerly at 8:30 and we have an appointment to go in at 11am. Hopefully she will get to feeling better soon.

This is the first time in her life she has had vomiting before. Poor Nora.

Tuesday, February 7, 2006

Tue, Feb 7, 2006

Well, I am not going to be able to get a cute photo of Nora to mail out in the Valentine's Cards next week. :(

Sunday she fell and busted her lip... or rather bit it. There are two large scabs on her bottom lip from where she but it and it is all swollen. Poor baby!

She has also been sick with a snotty nose and just started coughing the last two days. With her lip sore, she doesn't allow me to wipe her nose easily b/c she doesn't want me touching it. I will try and post a photo of her with her super big owie! :(

Thursday, February 2, 2006

Thu, Feb 2, 2006

Nora has a new responsibility that she takes pride in doing each time we come home.

David or I will hold her up and it is her job to push the garage door button to let the door down. David started this a couple of weeks ago and now she knows that it is her job and will protest going inside the house unless she gets to press the button.

I wish you could see the look on her face when she does it. She is so proud of herself – and of course as you can tell by our adding it to her webpage we are proud of her too! :) LOL