Saturday, October 20, 2007

Such a long hard week

The first part of the weekend was was normal. The boys and Baylee went to Burns to watch the High School Football game. Saturday afternoon Dallin complained that his ears were hurting. I gave him some Tylenol and told him if they were still bothering him on Monday I would run him to the Dr. That evening we sat in the front yard in sweatshirts and I watched the boys (Jared included) toss the football around. After in got dark we went in the house and I looked at Dallin. He just looked sick in his face. I told him to go take a shower and go to bed. He said he felt fine, but I insisted. I gave him a dose of Advil as he went to bed so that his ears would not start bothering him in the night.
Jared and I went to bed about midnight, and I took a dose of NyQuil.
Around 2am Dallin bursts into our bedroom holding his chest and saying he couldn't breathe. I ran up the stairs to get his albulterol (I just assumed he was having his first real asthma attack after having very mild asthma for years). Half way up the stairs I felt like I was going to throw up and pass out. I am sure it was a combo of being frightened and the NyQuil. I got back downstairs and handed the inhaler to Jared and laid on the bed with a trash can by my head. Dallin took this two puffs with lots of pain. We watched him for a couple minutes. He was in so much pain he couldn't calm down and couldn't sit still. It was then he said it was his right side, right under his ribs. Then we immediately thought appendicitis.
I went upstairs and got his slippers and a blanket and Jared carried him to the car. I woke up Joshua and had him come upstairs with the girls. Jared drove so fast to the hospital (25 miles away). I called them on the way.
We got there about 3am or so. It seemed to take forever to get him a bed even though the ER was empty.
They did his vitals and took blood. Then we started waiting. Around 5am a new Dr. came in and he ordered a chest X-ray. It was after looking at this X-ray it was discovered he had pneumonia in both of his lungs, but the worst was in his lower right lobe (thus making it appear like appendicitis).
And seriously when they said they were admitting him, I was surprised. I thought they would get his breathing under control and them send us home with some antibiotics.
We went to a normal room about 7am.
Joshua got the girls ready for church (he was such a huge help to us) and Dena and Toby took them to church.
Our neighbors the Sheltons called and Jared was so upset he couldn't talk to them. They showed up at the hospital the same time Uncle Dennis and Aunt Cheryl did. The 3 priesthood holders (Jared, Glenn and U. Dennis) gave Dallin a blessing.
Jared stayed the nights with Dallin and I went home and got the other kids in bed and up and off to school in the mornings. The girls stayed with the Sheltons or with Toby and Dena.
Tuesday night Jared went to Joshua's football game. Dallin was continually throwing up and in pain. I finally talked the Dr. into giving him another dose of anti nausea medicine through his IV and some tylenol with codeine. He slept for 2-3 hours and woke up Dallin again. He got better just as quickly as he got sick.
I was shocked when they let us take him home the next morning.
We have been trying to keep him still to no avail.
Yesterday we took him to his follow up appointment and I heard some very scary but revealing things from our family Dr.
He said that the Dr. in the emergency room that diagnosed him with pneumonia saved his life. When his blood count came back at 20,000 with no fever he said the doctors were thinking it was something different (which at the time I didn't think was odd because of the Advil) and I automatically thought he was going to say appendicitis. Then he said leukemia.
I am so glad that the Dr.s never told us that.
He now has a clean bill of health and will return to school on Monday.

Joshua Visiting his brother in the hospital.
Dallin and Jared watching football.

The Girls at the hospital.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

What in the H-E- Double Hockey Sticks!!!!????!!!!????

Is there an entomologist in the house? I am so totally grossed out! This miniature alien was on my front porch. What is it? And the pictures are life sized, the thing was about 3 inches long! ICK! Jumping around the house and shuttering with the heeby jeebies
Someone? Anyone? Bueller?
Yep Jenne was right. There is even a website if ya wanna read more about them:

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Doo Doo Doo, Lookin' Out My Front Door....

OK, so yeah I's backdoor. (Forgive me Creedence) And I don't have any "Happy Creatures Dancing on the Lawn". Not that I can see anyhow, and I'd like to keep it that way. But what I do see, is every Eastern Oregon farmers dream, Onion Harvest!

The truck comes back from the field full of onions.

And it waits its turn.

It pulls up to the side of the shed and the onions unload onto the conveyor belt and into wooden crates.

The fork lift driver (sorry he is hidden in the shadow on the left of the crates) stacks the crates, and when they get 4 tall he takes them into the onion shed to be stored until needed.

It made for a noisy couple of days but it was very interesting to watch. All the old retired dudes come out of retirement to drive the farm trucks for harvest. They all smile, wave, and honk whenever they spot us in the yard, and they look like they have rediscovered youth!

Now all is quiet til next year.

And a New Blog Makes 3

Notice on the sidebar, a link to my 3rd recipe blog. It was actually an idea from my friend Kris who is using a blog to store her recipes (it's ok she said I could steal her

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Conference Weekend....

My friend Katie had some wonderful tips about making conference weekend exciting for everyone.

I mainly looked forward to a day off church. Is that a bad thing? ;) Not that I don't love trying to hold the attention of eight 6 year olds for almost 2 hours every sunday, after an hour of trying to keep own kids reverent . Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
So taking Katies advice I am getting a meat and cheese tray from the local deli, along with various snacks items and beverages. We never eat in the living room (the kids anyhow) so I will allow this too.
Not sure if we will play conference bingo or something else, but I will try and make it fun.
I have been anticipating the announcement of who will fill the shoes of President Faust. Those are some big shoes to fill.