Calm Amongst the Chaos

Mama of 5 seeking calm in the chaos

Now Andi Jane is the 4th member of this family to get strep. Like are you kidding me? And of all the weeks she gets sick the week of VBS. She has loved VBS, she has gotten so much out of VBS. (VBS is vacation bible school that goes all week long, it is at church and very fun for the kids) she has come home singing the songs, she tells me the bible stories and just the other night she prayed for Joseph who is in jail because of his mean brothers. I mean how cute is that? She only got to go Mon – Wed then when I picked her up on Wed they said she said her tummy hurt, I figured she just needed to poop. Then we went to friends to swim and she was fine, then all of a sudden she wanted to go home. We got home and she went straight to the couch, I thought she was warm, but we were all warm it was 105 that day. But after we all cooled off in the ac she didn’t and the next day when she woke up she was hot and said it hurt to swallow…..sigh. Straight to Dr and yup, strep. Will this ever end? My goodness! So annoying! Now I am living in fear the other kids, or I will get it again. I am cleaning off everything and washing everything, but man this thing just seems to never die.
I chose not to put Lily in VBS this year, I felt like the past years she was just pushed around from station to station and wasn’t really involved. I don’t blame the church, it is hard to know what to do with her, but I just didn’t feel like sending her again. Good thing because I wouldn’t have been able to take her and not Andi. Yesterday Andi cried for almost an hour about not getting to go to VBS. Today she was so sick she didn’t even ask until 11 and I told her it was already over. Getting this child to take antibiotics is like getting her to walk over a tight rope over hungry lions. It took me 4 hours this morning to get her to take it and I realized we still have 17 more doses to go. Kill me now. She is so much better this afternoon and she really wants to go to the VBS carnival, but I am still undecided. I think the deciding factor will be how she feels and if we get another dose of antibiotics in her. Man, Lily and Oliver take it like nothing, but not Andi, no way. Ugh.
Next week Andi is scheduled for Summer Camp at the church where she went to pre k. It is all day for 5 days. Then the next week we have nothing planned. The next week Lily has her EMU (epilepsy monitoring unit) scheduled for at least 3 days. Grandma Cheryl will come and stay with the other two while Lily and I room up at the hospital under surveillance for 3 days. That is never pretty.
The July 8th we head to Sioux Falls for a long weekend! Andrew is having his 10 year reunion, my young pup of a man, and we are thrilled to get to see everyone! We went back for a funeral last year but it was just Andrew, Ollie and I and we only stayed one night so this time it is for fun and a long weekend. We are just thrilled. I am having a hard time figuring out traveling with Lily. We don’t know what car seat we can use for her on the plane and while we are there. She can’t sit in a booster and her car seat isn’t FAA approved and it weighs only about 80 lbs so traveling with it sounds like the least fun idea. There is a seat I would love to get, it is a size up from the one she outgrew and is a feeding chair and car seat, but we don’t have the time to wait to get it paid for by insurance and co insurance (if they would be so obliged) and it is about $900 so paying for it our self could only happen if our family doesn’t want groceries for about 9 weeks. Or I guess we could deplete our savings account and pray for no rainy days. Sigh. This is me complaining out loud. Well not out loud but out on paper, well on computer. We will figure it out, we always do, it is just getting harder and harder the older Lily gets and it makes me sad. An almost 8 year old should be the easiest kid to travel with and it is sad how difficult it is getting.
Enough complaining! We are thrilled to go visit and nothing will bum us out! The kids are going to have a blast with all their cousins! I seriously can’t wait!
Lily’s seizures are hard to maintain right now. She was having a couple bigger ones a day so I up one med and now the big seizures are gone, but the little jerky ones are more often and those make her more upset than the big ones, so I figure we should cut back on that one med again. Sigh. There is no happy medium. Never!
So that is what is happening, that is what is going to be happening. And believe it or not the girls start back at school on July 26th! Year round. Weird. I cannot believe we will have a 3rd grader and kindergartner. Wow!
Sorry for the bore. I will work on getting my funny back when this strep bug leaves our home!

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