Who's the cutest girl around?

I am a mom of a cutie pie (very biased). And I wanted to share my experiences with others (including my cuties grandparents, great-grandparents, numerous uncles and other relatives). I love being a mom and can't imagine doing anything else.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

What?

Woke up today and things were going great (including Alivia sleeping until 8:30... woo hoo). Then after breakfast we went to play in the living room. Usually she likes to cruise around the coffee table and get her toys but not today. Today she stayed in one place and when I tried to get her to come to me she started to cry. At first I thought she was just crabby but she wouldn't put weight on her left foot. So I called Hershey and they paged the doc and he said to go to our pediatrician (since we had just been up there the day before) and so we did. They think that during all the times she was being held down (x-ray, echo, blood draw 1 and 2) that she pulled a muscle in her leg. Poor kid. As if we dont' have enough going on. So we are watching it closely to make sure nothing else develops (swelling, bulges etc).

We did find out that her white blood cells are down to 80 thousand (thats 100 thousand in a week...crazy) and her platelets are up and her reds are down. Who knows. Today's doc appointment was pretty hard. She got so upset (memories from yesterday maybe) and was gagging on her spit and fighting for all she was worth to get away from the doctor. If she does that during the other exams I can see why she got hurt.

Thanks to Dan and Julie (and baby Jude) for dinner. Scrumptious. Thanks to Rod and Gingi Allshouse for the 3 cute books (we spent 20 minutes putting the little letter in the envelope in the one book).

Pray that her leg gets better quickly and she can enjoy playing again.

18 Comments:

Blogger Nora said...

Just wanted to say hi from me. I am constantly checking the blog. It seems like comments are fading, so I thought I would give you something to read tonight. I am so sorry you had a bad experience with the blood draws. Stupid phlebotomists. I am sure Alivia is so incredibly scared already, not to mention when they do things like that to her. Please know that I am praying for you and wish I could send you a smile that would lift your spirits. I am here sweating it out (our A/C is broken and its 100 degrees out today) and waiting for Travis to come home. Hope you have a restful evening :) Love you!
Nora

8:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey just wanted to let you know i am praying. i hope alivia's leg/foot feels beter soon.


your family is on my heart in my thoughts and in my prayers.

Christi Boronow

8:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey just wanted to let you know i am praying. i hope alivia's leg/foot feels beter soon.


your family is on my heart in my thoughts and in my prayers.

Christi Boronow

8:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can we blame the bad blood drawers for the sprained leg too? Man, are they gonna get it!
Poor baby girl. We will pray for quick healing.
Love, Les

9:41 PM  
Blogger The Garners said...

Just got caught up on what's been happening the last few day! My goodness...you can only be getting by on God's grace. (But really, isn't that all that ever gets us through each moment of our days? It's just so recognizable in your lives right now!)

Glad you enjoyed dinner! I'm happy to serve you guys anytime in any way. We will continue to be faithful in praying for you.

Much love to you!!!
Julie

10:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Emily,
My name is Hollis Gibson. I'm engaged to Ryan Mellinger from Living Hope and friends with Andy and Sonya Long. I found out about your blog through them. I feel sort of guilty, because I've been reading it for a while and haven't commented. I wasn't surprised when you asked for everyone reading to send you their name; I'd probably do the same thing. But, my computer and I haven't been getting along, and I couldn't access the comment page. So I've been reading your posts with a guilty shame lately, and am glad I can finally comment!

Anyway, I just am so touched by your openness and acceptance with your situation. Obviously Alivia means the world to you and James, and what a powerful way for God to encourage you to rely more on Him. You've mentioned how you feel releif when she's admitted into the hospital, which is understandable . . .it's clean, there are doctors and nurses all around, she can be easily monitored, etc. I'm sure it's tough, but just remember that God is in control of Alivia's life, not the nurses, doctors, medications, or test results. It's probably really easy to get caught up in what every test is reading, and the speculations of the doctors. Just be careful not to take God out of the picture. I mean this as encouragement, not in a scolding manner, because I think your attitude has been phenomenal, as I'm sure most would agree.

Thanks for sharing your situation with your family and friends and handfuls of people you don't know. It's been very humbling for me to read.

You and your family are in my prayers.

Hollis

11:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Emily,
My name is Hollis Gibson. I'm engaged to Ryan Mellinger from Living Hope and friends with Andy and Sonya Long. I found out about your blog through them. I feel sort of guilty, because I've been reading it for a while and haven't commented. I wasn't surprised when you asked for everyone reading to send you their name; I'd probably do the same thing. But, my computer and I haven't been getting along, and I couldn't access the comment page. So I've been reading your posts with a guilty shame lately, and am glad I can finally comment!

Anyway, I am just so touched by your openness and acceptance with your situation. Obviously Alivia means the world to you and James, and what a powerful way for God to encourage you to rely more on Him. You've mentioned how you feel releif when she's admitted into the hospital, which is understandable . . .it's clean, there are doctors and nurses all around, she can be easily monitored, etc. I'm sure it's tough, but just remember that God is in control of Alivia's life, not the nurses, doctors, medications, or test results. It's probably really easy to get caught up in what every test is reading, and the speculations of the doctors. Just be careful not to take God out of the picture. I mean this as encouragement, not in a scolding manner, because I think your attitude has been phenomenal, as I'm sure most would agree.

Thanks for sharing your situation with your family and friends and handfuls of people you don't know. It's been very humbling for me to read.

You and your family are in my prayers.

Hollis

11:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

See, I told you my computer and I weren't getting along. It wouldn't let me pulish my comment, so I copied it, closed out the page, opened it again, and resent it, only to find that it went twice. Good old computers. Aren't they supposed to make things easier?

Hollis (again)

11:30 PM  
Anonymous Amy Nicole said...

Hey guys! We do pray the little Livi's leg is feeling better--poor thing! Good news about her count. Continue to hang in there and rest when you can (sleep makes a world of difference...at least for me). Hope to see you Sunday!

Love, Amy K.

9:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, Emily,
I read your blog everyday and find God's grace so evident in your postings. The roller coaster travels on, but it drives you closer to Him. Your "thanks for today" is such a wonderful discipline of your heart to find His goodness in the midst of pain. Thank you for your humility in sharing so transparently so that we can be specific in our prayers for you, Alivia, and James. God gives grace to the humble. We do not know where the ride will end, but we do know the One who controls it and that when we are weak, He is strong.

Kathy Shaheen

11:24 AM  
Blogger beth said...

i'm thinking of you all and praying for you. God has something incredible in store... i know it's nearly impossible to see now... but it's something to hold on to. a friend of mine said "He is good Himself." God is so good, kind and compassionate... he can't do anything not good to you, james and beautiful livi.

i love you so much and am praying for you everyday...
beth

11:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Emily,
I have been thinking about you guys throughout my days, I just wanted you to know you are in my thoughts and prayers. I will pray for Alivia's leg and I will pray that no other additional problems come up like this again. You and James are amazing parents and I belive the Lord will bring a season of refreshment to follow the season you are in now. My prayer for you today is that the Joy of the Lord will be your strength and your hope.
In my thoughts.
Sara Lazio (Ang's Sister)

12:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

DAD AND I ABD AARIB ARE HERE IN ATHENS, GA. (I AM USING ANDREW'S LAPTOP..TWO LEFT THUMS)...WE ARE PACKING FOR THE MOVE TO CHARLOTTE, N.C. MARK DETWILER HERE WE COME...OUR FIRST PASTOR. MISSING YOU ALL INCREDIBLY...HAVING FUN WITH MY SONS 7 HUSBAND, THEY ARE SO FUNNY...ONLY FOUR DAYS TILL LANCASTER. OH WAIT, AARON JUST CALLED ANDREW A DORK BECUASE ANDREW ONLY GOT 98% ON HIS ESSAY...OH, EMILY, THE ALLEN HUMOR (OR WHAT???) aNDREW'S ONLY PICS ON HIS FRIGD WERE SUPERGIRL & SUPERMAN (THE COMIC ONES) AARON, FA FAMILY PIC AND HE AND LIVI, ANDONE OF HIS CHRONIES FROM LUKE AND KRISTEN'S WEDDING. A PSALM I READ IN SPURGEON TODAY SAID GOD HAS ALL OUR TEARS IN A BOTTLE...HE KNOWS US SO INTIMATELY. THAT COMFORTED ME...MOM X0X0X0X0X0

12:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OH, ONCE AGAIN I BLOGGED AND ERASED THE WHOLE@#%$@!!! THING. WE ALL MISS YOU HERE. I READ TODAY IN SPURGEON that god has all our tears in a bottle (from one of the psalms)..(I am now typing in lower case because andrew said all caps is known as yelling). Andrew has a pic of him and liv on his fridg...they are being themselves...callling one another dork...somewhat like the haughery's, huhf? Tomorrow we go to charlotte, n.c. to put andrew stuff in storage facility. Mark detwiler here we come...our first pastor (according to Eric huff)...it is three hours frokm here...Get better soon, livi, Happy mother's day, emily. X0x0x0

12:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Emily,
I really think your mom was balancing the computer on her lap, trying to eat lunch, talk with the guys and blog all at the same time!
She is tooo much!
(It's Psalm 56, Gretchen. I've held on to that one for eight years.)
Kudos to you and James for telling the techs that you will just hold Livi until they were ready and for going to the nurse when they couldn't get her blood work done. Mostly, medical staffers are really great and caring, but sometimes....
When I had surgery a while back at the local hospital, it took them three tries to put an IV in me. Ouch! I finally told them to get someone else. The hospital had previously done a STUPID thing in getting rid of the "IV team"; a team of nurses whose specialty was putting in IV's. Well, when I got a patient survey about how my stay at the hospital went, I "let them have it"! I got a written apology from the administrator.
OK...I've vented...not very "Christian" of me, huh? But, it is heart wrenching to see your precious little one have to go through sticks and pokes, let alone unnecessary sticks and pokes because it wasn't done right the first time. (Did I say I was done? OK, now I'm really done!)
Still praying! God is still totally in control and you guys are doing a great job! You're in an ocean of grace!
So glad to read of the lower WBC and smaller lymph nodes.
Hope today is a good day and Happy Mother's Day to YOU!

Mary Ann K.

12:57 PM  
Anonymous mrs.c said...

dear emily,

may God give you grace for each day.

i am praying for you today.

love, mrs.c

11:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so sorry about livi's leg. i hope and pray it heals quickly. you are in my thoughts and prayers every day! I pray that MIRACLE for your lttle girl will come soon! I can't imagine how hard it is to watch your little girl go through all this. remember that GOD is there for you and james,all you need to do is cry out to him, and he will answer your prayer. keep trusting HIM! Hope to see you Sunday!

Lots of love and prayers,
moriah

11:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay! I admit it...I am addicted to your blog. I've never been one to get caught up in certain books or TV shows or anything to the point that I just couldn't wait for the next episode.....But I am addicted to your daily blog as I wait with great anticipation to read about how Alivia is doing each day and how God is answering all of the many prayers for your family. I find myself checking your blog in the AM, then again after work and then late in the evening....just so I don't miss something important and so I can be praying or praising God for what he is doing.
I am sorry to hear about the difficult time Alivia had with the blood draws and also with her hurt leg. But I am happy to hear that the rash has gotten better and that her blood counts are improving. Though you seeem to be traveling a road with hills and valleys, God is still in control and he is there to carry you through every trial.
It has been two long days since your last blog so I hope we hear from you soon so we will all know how Alivia is feeling and if she is able to move around better with her hurt leg. Still praying for a miracle that will make all this go away! God Bless You.
Hope you have a great Mother's Day tomorrow! You deserve it!

Mrs. Curry

8:59 PM  

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