Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!

For there is born to you this day in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.  Luke 2:11 

Merry Christmas to our family and friends. Christmas Eve with Steve and Nana was extra special this year as Steve's son, Japhy, was visiting.  We so enjoyed getting to know him more. Nana is a wonderful organic cook and our dinner was delicious.  Dessert was lemon cheesecake, another one of our traditions. I thought of families gathered together on this special night and know the blessings of our family are overflowing. We visited the evening away and left with hugs until we're able to be together again.  Christmas morning was spent together with Scott reading from Luke 2, family prayer and gift opening time. We talked about the giving of gifts, showing each other love, knowing we love others because God first loved us!  We send you our love across the miles. 

Friday, December 19, 2014

Road Trip To NY For Randy And Friends

Randy and his friends on staff with Campus Outreach headed up to NY this morning for a quick road trip. They'll be staying with Grandma and Grandpa Little, hanging out in Grandpa's garage and hopefully getting in some snowmobiling.  Ethan drove Randy to the Bulls Gap exit where they all met up. Thanks for the picture Randy. Have fun guys! 

Chaz, Ben, Darrell and Randy

Randy got home safely from New York and had an awesome time!  They had a whirlwind couple of days staying with Grandma and Grandpa. They got to hang out with Grandpa in his shop for a day and there was still enough snow on the ground to get their snowmobiling in....they had a blast. They visited next door with the neighbors (Marcus) and even took Grandma to church on Sunday. After church they all headed to Uncle Perry and Aunt Darshan's for dinner. Chantal and Michelyn were in from school so they got their cousin time in.  Chantal and the guys made plans to take the train into the city the next day as Randy's friends had never been before.  Thank you Chantal for being an awesome guide and a big thank you to Grandma and Grandpa for hosting and feeding them!  We send our love to all of you. 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Caroling On The Creek

All year I looked forward to this day...Christmas caroling on the creek with Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, the little country church just down the road from us. I thought I'd go caroling with them this year so I baked a big recipe of sugar cookies and actually walked to church. They were all happy to see me and my plates of cookies.  We spent the evening driving along Cloud Creek singing carols to all our neighbors and wishing them a Merry Christmas.  As we stopped at every house, and I watched the boys jump off the trailer, delivering a special gift to each of them. It was so nice seeing my neighbors, many that I haven't seen for a while.  Afterwards we all stopped back at the church and had pizza, hot cocoa and yes, cookies.   What a blessing today was!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Diagnosis: Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

Scott is still having these terrible coughing spells (about 6 daily) causing spasms of his airway and quite literally closing it off. He says it's like trying to breathe through a coffee stirrer straw, with him making whooping sounds as he tries to suck in any air he can. Sometimes they last for three minutes. We felt the doctors were not listening to us and when we got home I researched his symptoms on the web, all leading to Pertussis. Why, I even looked up whooping cough on Youtube and he had the exact same cough.  I called our Dr. the next day and told them what I thought and how I looked it up on Youtube. They said I was self gotta love nurses! "He's got textbook whooping cough," I said. To make a long story short, Scott went in for blood work the next Monday and we're waiting for the official results. In the meantime he's taking Racepinephrine per nebulizer, (available OTC) which seems to help a little. We feel he possibly picked this up in the airports coming home from China. I checked Scott's immunization record, and even for flying out of the country like he does, there's no record of him having the Tdap in recent years.  I recommend all adults to check their immunization records and get their Tdap booster.

Update: 12-22-14  The doctor's office finally called back to confirm  Pertussis.  Scott is having less coughing spells, about 3-4 per day and is down to one nebulizer treatment daily.  I talked with Scott's mom and she mentioned Scott had whooping cough when he was a baby too.  He must be pretty special to get it twice in a lifetime:)

Update: 1-23-15 Scott is still having 2-3 whooping cough spells daily, lasting 1-2 minutes. I heard it was called the 100 day cough...he just past day 60.

2-26-2015 Scott is still experiencing the "whooping cough" several times a day, about a minute long.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Two Emergency Room Visits For Scott

Scott picked up a cold shortly after he got home from China last month and with all the traveling lately, his immune system was low and he just wasn't getting over it. He mentioned the air is very polluted in China, plus combined with his jet lag and the fact he's been working up to 12 hour plus days non stop...I believe it's all wearing him out. On Saturday he started having these coughing spells with not being able to breathe afterwards, literally!  He went to the Dr on Monday and they put him on antibiotics and gave him an inhaler. He kept on having these spells with the inhaler not helping. This morning he started coughing and couldn't breathe for about 30 seconds. He said it was like sucking air out of  one of those coffee straws....scared me to death watching him and I think it scared him too. Off to the ER we went.  Basically, his trachea was swollen and they diagnosed him with acute tracheobronchitis. The chest x-ray showed his lungs were clear which was good.  They gave him a type of epinephrine per nebulizer and also put him on prednisone.  We got him home by early afternoon and after lunch he took a nap. He's in good hands with his wife and nurse.   

Scott's coughing fits and laryngeal spasms started again this evening and we ended up taking him back to the ER (Wahoo...two ER co-pays in one day!) Neck x-ray revealed some swelling of his trachea. They gave him another breathing treatment, put him on a stronger prednisone dose and sent us home with medicine for more breathing treatments if needed. Also, this Dr. mentioned Reactive Airway Disease and feels it may be caused by an allergy.