"Once our eyes are opened, we cannot pretend we don't know what to do. God, who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls, knows that we know, and holds us responsible to act." Proverbs 24:12

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009


Anyone interested in coming over to play?

All three kids (Amanda, AJ and Anna Grace) are being treated for Swine Flu and for Strep. I have a counter covered in meds, 12 different bottles at last count, which included Tami-flu (which is in short supply here and we ended up going to 3 drugstores), antibiotics, Tylenol, Motrin, Cough Suppresant, and nasal decongestants.

Somehow, by the grace of God, Kai has been spared, although he has his own collection of meds he's taking. I picked him up directly from school yesterday and delivered him safely to the germ free haven of Po-Po's house. (Thank you Mom for again being my angel. I know how hard it is for you to drop everything to take care of a little one, and you do it without hesitation. I love you!) I am praying to God that he shows no symptoms later. The doctor discussed with me that if he does get it, he will immediately be hospitalized because of his severe apnea.

At first, I thought, "this isn't too bad." But oh my word,


My babies are so very sick. I've never experienced a child with such a wicked, horrible cough, especially AJ's. Poor baby turns beat red and can't stop coughing. I'm talking for hours on end. Cough suppressant does absolutely nothing. His lowest fever has been 102.2 and it's spiked to over 104 last night. I had him in bed because I was afraid of it spiking and my not realizing it. He coughed all night long.

At one point, in the middle of the night, he shattered my heart when he looked at me with his sweet glassy eyes and said, "Mama, I'm sorry I wake you up."

Anna Grace is not too far behind. Her temperature has dropped into the 101's and her cough, although bad, is not quite to the extent of AJ's. They are both wearing their masks and are in separate rooms laying down watching TV right now. She is a trooper. That little girl's resilience will get her so very far in life. I'm so proud of her and love her so much!

Lastly, my big girl, Amanda. Amanda, the first one to get sick seems to be a bit better. Although she's obviously not completely 100% there yet, she now has only run a low-grade fever and her cough has subsided a bit. Fortunately, she has everything a teenager needs, and it's all in her room, so she comes out of there only to go to the bathroom. She's barely eaten in 3 days but I'm making sure she keeps fluids in, as the other 2 little ones are.

As for me, although tired, I have physically felt better than I have in the last two weeks. I continue to be on my own antibiotics for Strep. But no signs of the flu.

Please, please continue to lift our family up to our loving Father, praying specifically for the following:

1) Complete and quick healing for the kids at home that are so sick.

2) For Kai to continue to be exempt from all of this and for complete recovery from his Strep that he is on antibiotics for.

3) For neither Scott nor I to get this terrible flu. We would both without a doubt be out of commission with fevers so high. My babies need me to care for them and Daddy is our sole provider.

Thank you my dear friends and prayer warriors. May God bless you abundantly for your prayers.

We continue to praise Him in the storm.


Waitingfaithfully said...

Lifting your requests before the Lord, dear friend.

Love from Texas~


Kristy said...

PRAYING........love you all.


Shanna said...

Praying for you!!

Carmen said...

Wow, strep and the swine together !!!
The good side is that they'll be immune to the swine flu now. How did you get such a quick positive? I heard it takes 10 days for the test

Praying for the kids and for you and Scott to be spared.

Holly said...

Praying for all of you dear friend.

The Ferrill's said...

I'm praying right now! Especially for little Kai! That is wonderful that he could stay with your mom!
After meeting A.J., it breaks my heart to think of him coughing with such high fever. Give him extra lovin' from our family! And tell Anna Grace and Amanda we are praying for them!!!!!

Ladyblog said...

Definitely praying for your family!

Shanti said...

Oh no! I was hoping to see a better post today! I'm so sorry. I will pray extra hard that you and your husband don't catch it, and that Kai steers clear, too.

Karin said...

Praying for you all. I am so sorry your babies are so sick. :( Tamiflu does work quite well. I took it once when I was coming down with flu and by the next morning, my fever was almost gone. It was amazing stuff. You have to take it as soon as you start running a fever, though.

mom2-4boys said...

Oh Ohilda I am so sorry your little ones are sick... I will say a special pray that Kai stays flu free and that Anna Grace, AJ and Amanda recover quickly...

Jill said...

OH...I hope tonight is a BETTER night and tomorrow all will be feeling much better.
Prayers for EACH of you Ohilda!

Sally- That Girl! said...

I am so sorry you are going through all of this. I am praying for you in California. I think it is just a matter of time that we all get this swine flu thing!

Tomorrow is a new day!

This too shall pass!

Do either of those help?

David and Sarah said...

Oh, sweet sister, I am praying for you. May God bring complete healing to your home. He is able and He is good!

Many blessings to you,

Aus said...

Praying for you guys! In particular for Amanda - but for the younger ones as well if they will drink it (call it a milk shake!) have someone get you that instant breakfast mix with milk powder stuff. It's easier to 'eat' than about anything else and will help keep the body going - it still needs fuel - in particular when you don't feel like eating! (3 days is a real long time!)

How about Scott - has the dreaded bug bypassed him too?

hugs - aus and co.

Keisha said...

Thinking of you.. and praying too!

geminirn said...

Keeping you all in my Prayers......oh gosh i pray we do not come in contact with it here.

The Byrd's Nest said...

I am lovin' on you all the way from Costa Rica.......

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