Category Archives: Health

The Cough Became The Croup.

Well, let me just say that the cough syrup didn’t work.

We’ve just returned from a(nother) trip to the emergency room.  Brett decided to scare us for the “umpteenth” time in his four year life.  His cough got progressively worse throughout the day and by the late afternoon, he began retracting in his rib cage.  There was audible weezing, uncontrollable cough, complete loss of voice, and much stridor.  So we packed him up and deciding to try and save some money, headed for a new “after hours” care clinic in Kaufman, instead of the hospital.

His coughing and symptoms improved from the time we got out of the car and sat in the waiting room for a few minutes.  However, after being in the examination room, he quickly regressed back into coughing.  I think he scared even the nurse that was attending him.  The P.A. actually picked him up and took him to their freezer, holding his head in it for a while so he could breathe.  (Cold air helps.)

Shortly after that, I hear the word “ambulance” and “hospital” in one sentence, and decide that it was definately the right decision to get him some help.

Since the hospital was just across the way, I opted to drive him there myself, met Dad in the parking lot, and then was met with open arms as we entered the ER.  They didn’t even hesitate, asked if it was him (because the clinic had already called), and took him straight to the back for help.

I had no idea that croup was so dangerous?!  We’ve dealt with very minor cases before, but I really had no idea that it could be life threatening like this. 

Apparently, croup causes swelling in the throat around the vocal chords and can actually shut off a child’s airway.  Characterized by a “barking” cough, it is a virus that can quickly cause major, major problems.  Wow.  I just did not realize.

It almost felt similar to what an allergic reaction must be, especially since they ended up giving him epinephrine to reduce the swelling.  The doctor told me it was like he was breathing through a straw.

Thankfully, the treatment worked almost immediately and he began feeling better.  He had a small reaction to the epinephrine — it made his lips turn patchy white, but the doctor said that will go away.

If you have a child, particularly under 5, and have not taken the time to research symptoms of croup, please read this article (click here). 

We are living testimonies that it could save a life. 

…and I give all the praise and glory to God who continually protects and heals our Brett.



Filed under Blessings, Children, Coughing, Croup, Faith, Family, Gifts, God, Grace, Health, Thanks, Trials

A Cure for Coffin.

A man was walking home alone late one foggy night, when behind him he hears:


Walking faster, he looks back and through the fog he makes out the image of an upright casket banging its way down the middle of the street toward him.  


Terrified, the man begins to run toward his home, the casket bouncing quickly behind him


He runs up to his door, fumbles with his keys, opens the door, rushes in,slams and locks the door behind him. However, the casket crashes through his door, with the lid of the casket

clapping clappity-BUMP…clappity-BUMP…clappity-BUMP…

The terrified man runs. Rushing upstairs to the bathroom, the man locks himself in. His heart is pounding; his head is reeling; his breath is coming in sobbing gasps. With a loud CRASH the casket breaks down the door. Bumping and clapping toward him. The man screams and reaches for something, anything, but all he can find is a bottle of cough syrup! Desperate, he throws the cough syrup at the casket…


(hopefully you’re ready for this!!!)




The coffin stops.

We’re “coffin” around here today, so I thought you would enjoy this little story!  Please pray for Kenneth.  He is down with bronchitis right now — took off work today (Tues), and will be here tomorrow too (which is VERY rare for him to take off sick).  Also, both girls have some mild symptoms, and the four year old is coughing as I type this post.  😦  Guess I had better get the cough syrup ready…



Filed under Anyone got a Kleenex?, Children, Coughing, Family, God, Health, Humor

Our Christmas Miracle.

The four year old has been sick!

He was throwing up all day long yesterday and then running fever for about seven hours!

I know, you think I’m the sick one, huh?  Proclaiming his stomach virus as a miracle?

Well, it is! 

Yesterday was the second time in his whole life, — the first time since he was 3 months old, that he has run fever and did NOT have a seizure!

Four years, and sixteen seizures………erased!……overcome with one little episode of the stomach virus!!  Woo hoo!!!!!!!

 Praise God for our Christmas miracle, sent to us in the midst of trial, to encourage us of His continual presence in our lives. 

Thank you, Lord.  I am grateful and humbled. 

Merry Christmas!


Filed under Blessings, Children, Family, Febrile Seizure, Gifts, God, Grace, Health, Life, Love, Thanks

Total Randomness.

For this post, I have decided to follow a friend’s blog technique and just post totally random news and thoughts.  While rather light on the creative scale, and I’m sure a little unenlightening, I hope you will enjoy seeing what goes on inside my head…(oooh, scary!)

  1. I dreamed about someone chasing me last night.  All night.  All. Night.  It makes me think of the time that I “fought” the Russian military in the middle of our town’s streets.  Yes, I do this often.  My husband makes fun of me!
  2. Did I spell the past tense of dream correctly on #1?  Maybe it should be “dreamt”?  I don’t know?
  3. I now belong to an elite group of people “enjoying” the diagnosis of asthma!  While I’m not necessarily excited about it, it does explain alot as to why I’ve been struggling with illness so much.  As a result of the diagnosis, I have discovered the need to buy a bigger purse — one to carry all my regular stuff, AND my new “rescue” inhaler!  All I need is a “help-I’ve-fallen-and-I-can’t-get-up” necklace to wear around my neck, and I’ll be set!
  4.  My kindergartner son does not believe the part in the bible where the donkey talked!  Even with our attempts at supporting the truth with “Mr Ed” movies, he still refuses to believe the inerrancy of the bible on such matters!
  5. A new frugal discovery….if you turn off your air conditioner, the electric bill goes down!  (Woo hoo!)
  6. Some guy missed the turn to a street in front of our house tonight, and his truck landed on it’s side in the ditch.  He wasn’t hurt, but was so embarrassed that he asked my husband to please explain to the policeman that he wasn’t the only person to miss that turn!  (We’ve seen two so far.)
  7. My recent doctor’s visit revealed that I am nine pounds heavier than I was at nine months pregnant with the kindergartner.  Hmmm…..
  8. Is it bad when your husband asks to move the television out to the carport so he can watch the Dallas Cowboys game AND play basketball with the five-year old?
  9. I wonder what Dreama’s going to post about on Wednesday night of this week?
  10.  Speaking of Dreama, I think loving paybacks are due:  (for explanation, click here)  

dreama.jpg  (We all wanted Dreama’s hair…she had the best “wings”!)

dreama-2.jpg   “Gone with the Wind” Dreama

dreama-3-2.jpg  I forgot she signed my yearbook alot!

dreama-4.jpg  Is this Amanda, or what?!! 

(Love you, Dreama!!)


Filed under Blogging, Children, Family, Friends, God, Health, Humor, Joy, Life, Love, Random Thoughts

Ode to de Nose.

 (Trying my hand at poetry today:)


Oh, that my nose would clear,

For right outside is the nice Fall air.

Oh, that I would not sneeze and sneeze,

During the only time in Texas when there is a breeze.

 Why doest my eyes seem to resemble so,

The infamous red on Rudolph’s nose?

From the scratching, and itching, and burning and pain

I am in want — in WANT!  In want of breath again.

I shall sleep! I shall sleep! That should be the cure!

If only my children that schedule would endure.

For it’s during the sleep that my nose doesn’t know

How to twitch, how to throb, how to bother me so.

What do you think? 

Yeah, I know.


Filed under Anyone got a Kleenex?, Children, Death from Allergies, Family, God, Health, Life, Mercy, Poetry, Ragweed, Rip My Nose Off, Trials

A Machete, A Kleenex, and Some School

We’re home from the winds of Northwest Texas!  We had a great visit with my daughter and especially enjoyed the treat of watching her college soccer game on Tuesday.

We tried to keep our schooling on schedule, but failed to get it all done due to about 900 miles on the road.  Still, it was educational…the boys got to see lots of fields, crops, and oil wells — something we don’t normally have regular exposure to, and believe it or not,…it actually fit in with Chapter Two of our Math lessons where the setting and manipulatives revolve around fields and planting, etc.   

The family cat has decided that my bedroom needs an exorcism or something!  She is fine on top of my bed, but will NOT stand on the floor without laying her ears down, and crouching low to the ground.  She sniffs and sniffs as though something were under my bed and she refuses to get anywhere near it!

She jumps at the least little noise, and is acting verrrrryyyy weird!  I’m thinking….if it were a mouse or a bug, she wouldn’t be scared.  So….the only assumption that I can make after that is that it is a snake or ?????, —thus my reason for wanting to borrow Cherie’s machete and why I have slept on the couch for the last three nights 😉

We’ve also been home bound and missed our first coop meeting due to the continual West Texas wind we inhaled during our trip.  The three year old has been coughing for two nights, but no seizures as of yet.  (Praise the Lord!) 

My head feels like it is going to split open, and there’s a porcupine in my throat.  –for real….I think.

So…we’re playing catch up this weekend on our school work, wondering if we should move out of our bedroom all together, and keeping the Kleenex company in business. 

Sounds like fun, huh?!


Filed under Cat Behavior, Children, Family, Febrile Seizure, God, Health, Homeschool, Humor, Time

Sending Me A Reminder.

At the post office yesterday, I ran into a friend whom I haven’t seen in a while.  Cindy is such a sweet person, with a wonderful family in the church we still call “home”. 

Little did I know, but Cindy has been reading my blog! Welcome Cindy 🙂

We got to talking about our kids and one of the things we have in common with our sons — seizures.  Her teenage son has had several seizures.  They are different from the type of seizures my son experiences in that my son’s are always related to fever, and his are not. 

She said something that later made me think, and served as a reminder to slow down a bit.  With all the business of our life right now, I realize that I may be putting my son at more of a risk for seizure.  She was talking about someone else that was told by a doctor to stay home if their child was tired and get him to rest.  Rest is important and the lack of it often contributes to other problems, as we all know.

So, as I was thinking about that comment, I realized that my son does show signs of weariness right before seizure episodes. His latest one happened after 10:30 p.m. and on a day that he had not had a nap.

We have been doing too much — trying to squeeze every moment out of every day, and he sometimes misses naps or stays up too late.  I know this is not good for him.

So…that being said, I appreciate the reminder, Cindy, (and God) to slow down.  I resolve to try to manage my schedule better, and see to it that Brett is a more rested child.

 As a matter of fact, it’s 10:16 a.m…….sounds like a good time for a morning nap.  Guess I’ll have to go lay down WITH him! 😉



Filed under Attitude, Blessings, Children, Family, Febrile Seizure, Friends, God, Health, Obedience, Priorities, Resolutions, Time