Thursday, February 27, 2014

Throwback Thursday

Here is a photo for Throwback Thursday.
This picture is of Kevin just before he left on his mission.  His parents took him on one last family trip.  Kevin want to go someplace quiet to think for a while.  This and many other photos bring back many many memories.  Missions seem to be on all of our minds lately.  My nephew comes home from his mission in Moscow, Russia next week!!!  His parents and sisters are super excited!!!  We are excited to see Anthony too.   He has been missed but he was right where he should be.  He will come in at almost midnight the day he comes home, after a crazy long flight and a layover in New York.  No doubt to go through customs.  I bet we could get the whole family to fly to New York if we could find super cheap flights.  Next week could not come any quicker.  I got a call from my sister-in-law and she is excited.  Good for her!  Way to go Mom and Dad!  These are some of the best proud parent moments that can be had!  Nothing can be more thrilling and humbling at the same time.  Exciting times!!!!  

Today was a busy day at work.  One of the ladies I work with had a death in her family so we were a bit short handed and will be for the rest of the week.  I will keep her and her family in my prayers.  This co-worker is very sweet and funny too.  She is a sweetheart.

I had to leave work early today because I had an appointment with a specialist about my asthma.  Honestly, I think I am still in denial, until I saw the doctor today.  The nurse called me back and took all of my vitals.  My pulse oxygen rate was 93 and she was concerned right away.  I guess that's low.  I know when Curtis was little his oxygen level was at 90 and we got an ambulance ride from urgent care to Desert Sam.  He was admitted right away and he stayed there for 5 days.  But Curtis was only 2 or 3 at the time.  I am an old lady!  I don't want to get the big ambulance ride anywhere.  Not my idea of fun at all.

When the doctor came in he, of course, asked all kinds of questions.  He did an exam and then we talked about medications.  He told me to keep one inhaler in my pocket at all times and use the other only twice a day.  Then he ordered a nebulizer for me and called in some medication to use with it.  He told me to use it as needed but no more than 6 times a day.  He ordered a breathing test for me too.  That will happen in about a month.  Then he asked me if I spent any time in the ER because of my problem.  I told him no, but I was in to see my primary care physician so often they were getting sick of seeing me.  The doctor said good.  He said we want to avoid the ER if at all possible.  I agree.  No ER.

Lexi got something pretty cool in the mail today.  She was invited to attend a volleyball clinic this summer at Penn University.  That of course took Kevin and I by surprise.  Kevin looked into it and it will run about $1300.00 to get her there.  She will stay in the dorm rooms and will pretty much stay on campus the whole time, IF we let her go.  Big IF.  Not sure I willing to let her travel alone across the country to be with strangers.  I might be okay if part or all of the girls from her team were going too.  Or we went with her and stayed in a hotel and she commuted to the clinic each day.  We are not that willing to let perfect strangers care for one of our most priced possessions.  To much can happen.   We will see what happens.

Tonight I made two big pans of enchiladas for dinner.  One pan is completely gone all ready.  I haven't made enchiladas in a while.  They were so yummy, if I do say so myself.  I'll have to make pizza bread this weekend too.  We haven't had that in a while either, Danielle reminded me.  It is going to rain this weekend so that might be perfect Saturday or Sunday.  Here is a picture of the enchiladas.
(This pan is going to be fun to clean.  Look at the side of my pan.  The sauce totally bubbled over in the oven.  Thank goodness for the pan underneath). 

It's getting late and I need to get the kids in gear to finish their homework and get a chore or two done.  So glad it's Friday tomorrow.  You know, the doctor made me feel better today.  He explained why I have this problem or why he feels I have asthma.  (Future tests will confirm later). For a while now I thought it was age or weight.  The doctor said that doesn't matter.  He has seen skinny people with the same problem.  I'm just glad I have answers and now I don't feel so bad about it anymore.  I still don't like having this issue, but I am most grateful for answers.  That is a huge blessing.  I still have to deal with my health issue but I am at peace with the decisions made and feel better educated to deal with those short of breath and feeling like I could pass out moments that may come in the future.  My Heavenly Father hasn't taken my trial away, instead He has given me the things I need to get through this.  That is indeed the best part.  Enough said.

QUOTE:  How can you and I really expect to glide naively through life, as if to say, "Lord, give me experience, but not grief, not sorrow, not pain, not opposition, not betrayal, and certainly not to be forsaken.  Keep from me, Lord, all those experiences which made Thee what Thou art!  Then, let me come and dwell with Thee and fully share Thy joy!"

-Neal A. Maxwell

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