As for Isaiah and his MRSA infection, I wish that the report was better. He has had his leg wound packed , repacked and cleaned 4 times now. He has taken two rounds of anti-biotics, the wound is still very deep and very large. It is not really getting better, it is just no longer draining to the surface. NEXT STEP: an ultrasound of the wound to determine depth and scope of the infection, and perhaps, and likely, an out- patient surgery under general anesthesia to open up the wound, debride and clean it to its core. OUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Despite good hand washing and hygienic practices, it would seem that the MRSA is out to get me too. I had a cut on one finger,;it healed just fine. A cut on my other hand has not healed as well and is looking supiciously like a MRSA infection. Our doctor ordered a dose of meds for me, just to be careful.
In other news; Esther and Casey are expecting their first baby later in summer!!! The plan was to not announce the news quite so early but a couple of "insiders" got so excited , Esther and Casey decided to go public before any hurt feelings ensued. The names Clayton -Something and Riley Kaye are being considered and Charlie/Charles IS NOT. Esther was hoping for another Little Charlie Smith cousin, but Casey says "no way". Several of us have a "pink" feeling about this baby anyhow. We'll see, won't we!!!!
My 11th Grand baby will be born in 2011...that' kinda cool isn't it!!
Some friends are going to Africa later this month and it is so exciting to me to be able to send little gifts to our children and their wonderful care taker!! Mailing is never a good idea so we who have ties there all wait for others to help us out. I had such fun picking out little goodies! I put together a new photo album of us for our children first and foremost!! Then, 6 awesome and fun shades of nail poilish for Diamoh, a new outfit, UNO for Junior as well as two Matchbox Airplanes. Junior aspires to be an airplane pilot , and I want to encourage that any way I can!!!! Punch balloons for all the children and some love gifts for our care taker complete the package! I started out thinking "Oh this for that child and a little this for that child and OH SHE will like THIS!" STOP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is s a fine line between sending gifts and over extending someone else's weight allowances and gracious offer. . So while shopping for gifts sometimes leaves me feeling like I'm sending "so little, " when my "little" is packed into someone else's luggage x how ever many other people are wanting to send "something little"... it adds up so very quickly!! Nevertheless, I am so grateful for a chance to send anything over to keep us all encouraged and in touch while we wait............... and wait................I am hoping that the nail polishes will bring back smiles and happy memories for Diamoh of the day that I painted her nails and then all the other girls' fingers and toes with her as my assistant.
After several days of really cold temperatures , today's 38 feels almost warm. NO it does NOT! It is still cold, my wood stove is still my most essential utility. Thoughts of steamy , humid West Africa and S.E. Asia float over my chilly brrrrrrrrain and a blanket stays wrapped around my shoulders! For all of you who love the cold, ENJOY!! I wish you as much enjoyment as you can stand! When it's hot in a few months and you are not so comfortable, I hope you'll wish me lots of warmth as well. Leah and I laugh often about how glad we are that God created such a wide temperature range and so many people to enjoy each and every degree of it!
|Precious hands and feet!|
|From another angle...|
|Plaiting Diamoh's hair|