Monday, August 6, 2012

Addie's Battle with the Monster!

We first heard the growling of the monster on Sunday, July 22 when Addie casually mentioned that she had a headache when she walked.  It was no big deal - didn't slow her down one bit.  Monday, she went to soccer practice and out to Dead End Bar-be-cue with Chelcie and her current love, Nathan Barnhart.  Drew paid us a quick visit to meet Nathan and (hopefully) give Chelcie his approval.  Tuesday brought slightly more discomfort for Addie.  She mentioned her headache was hurting a little bit more.  Wednesday, I decided to take her in to see the doctor because we were planning to trip to Lake Lure, NC on Wednesday evening thru Saturday. 

Unfortunately, we were unable to see our guardian angel, Dr. Peeden.  She was seen by Dr. Lauren Spectner.  Dr. Spectner took a look at Addie and suggested that she had been drinking too much caffeine and not sleeping well.  She said she noticed some fluid in her ears that could possibly develop into a sinus infection and since we were headed out of town, she prescribed amoxicillin as a "just in case."  I mentioned that Addie has a high pain threshold and even though she doesn't "look" like she's in pain, she is.  The doctor assured me that a "no caffeine and plenty of rest" protocol should remedy the problem.  If not, I had the prescription to use if needed.

So...we headed off to North Carolina!  Addie still didn't feel great, but she was walking around, talking, and eating.  By 3:00 AM, she was in severe pain- pleading with me to make her head stop hurting.  She threw up several times, and had a fever.  We packed up the car as soon as the sun was up and I called the doctor's office again.  The nurse told me to get the prescription filled and it sounded to her like a sinus infection.  We stopped at Walmart to start her on the antibiotic, but she still felt terrible!  She laid with her head in my lap all the way back home. 

Friday was no better.  She was trying to get some rest/relief with Tylenol and Ibuprofen, but she was not getting better.  Saturday, I called the doctor's office again.  The "on call" nurse called me back and shared that I hadn't had her on the meds long enough and it sounded like a sinus infection to her.  I insisted that Addie was in extreme pain and when the nurse heard Addie moaning through the phone, she said that I should "go ahead and take her to Children's Hospital."

More later...

Friday, July 13, 2012

Chick-fil-a is awesome.  The cows are amazing.  The food is scrumptious.  The staff is outgoing and friendly.  The stores are clean and colorful, and...
They Give Us FREE CHIKIN for Dressing Like COWS!
...and I love that. A lot.

I especially love that 3/4 of my herd will actually dress like a cow and go out in public!  (picture coming soon!) 

Sunday, January 1, 2012


The first day of the new year started off beautifully!  Temps in the low 60's and clear skies in the afternoon, but the day didn't start out that way.  Cloudy in the morning with torrential rains during the 11:00 church hour.

NorthStar is entering into a season of prayer and fasting for 21 days.  The fast begins tomorrow.

Addie is spending the night with Abby Mink (good!), and Chelcie and Drew are both home safely from their respective New Year's Eve trips to Nashville.

Chelcie, Sam, Tom, and I had dinner with the Alfords and what a great time we had reminiscing about some of the many, many great times we've had over the years!

Verse of the day:  Jeremiah 29:11  Live it out!

No animals for 21 days...starting tomorrow.  Focus on building my relationship with my Savior...and my husband.

And So Ends 2011...

What a year this has been.  As I look back over the last twelve months, I can't help but be filled with mixed emotions.  Relieved that in spite of all the struggles, we're all still here.  We're still healthy.  No one has gone hungry and we still have a roof over our heads.  The big stuff is covered.  Maybe that's what God is teaching me.  HE's got me.  He will take care of me.

What would a New Year's Eve blog entry be without a look back at the year that was?
January - I lost two good friends, Rick Campbell and Vickie Tharpe.  We got two good snow days and I got the first major health scare of my young life when I felt a lump in my breast!
February - Still toughing it out at Sarah Moore Greene, trying to make sense of my apparent inability to form relationships with the folks I work with there.  Inside, I was miserable and counting the days until I could say goodbye to that school forever and return to comfort and friends I had at West Valley.  The month's highlight was my first mammogram and irregular results, second visit, and the sweet sound of relief when I was told there was nothing to worry about, everything was fine.
March - Trip to Ron Clark Academy was the highlight and getting Manuel Scott booked as our 11.1.11 speaker for Reach Them to Teach Them were the highlights
April - THE Storms, the end of OBIYTC and Nick and Brittany came out to lead us in the TCAP cheer that ended up on the news!  I began the difficult process of disengaging from SMG
May - The Locker Room closes forever
June -
July - Beach Trip to Topsail
August - Back to school at West Valley!
October -
November- 11.1.11
December - Mission Unstoppable and kids are HOME!