Showing posts from May, 2012

Returning To Health

Our sweet little Miss Mei-Ling grows stronger every day.  Tomorrow will mark two weeks since her surgery and she is doing wonderful.  Today she has a test done to see if there are any leaks in her new bladder.  She came for a visit on Monday and we picked potatoes together and played  dolls.  She is remarkable in how she just refuses to let any of what she has gone through, hold her back.  When it was time for her to go home, she gave me a big hug and told me, "You are my best friend Grammie".  Now, as you can imagine that simply melted my heart !

Bohemian Weekend

After having such a stressful month, we decided to have a Bohemian sort of free spirit weekend.   No clocks to dictate the rules.  Sleep when we wanted, wake up when we wanted.  Eat when and what we wanted.   It was a warm, summer like weekend, perfect for sleeping on the porch and picnicking under the trees, which is exactly what we did.   We read Kahlil Gibran's "The Prophet" together out under our make-shift tent under the trees.   Perfect weekend in every way.

Life, A Little Back To Normal

Time spent in the garden, picking potatoes and corn.  Sunflowers looking for the sun, and early morning clouds burning off.  Emery cutting kindling for next winters fires.  Apricot trees blown over in a high wind, brittle from last summers drought.   It has been an easy sort of morning.   The clock is not dictating my every move, nor are their things that have to be done right this second.  I could just sit and watch the clouds pass by, if I so chose to. 
Miss Mei-Ling is recovering at the speed of sound.  Hard to imagine it was just a week ago that her surgery took place since she is now playing and getting around as if nothing had happened.  Childhood is remarkable, and the prayers of so many have been heard.  God, in His infinite mercy has covered this dear child with healing.  More tests for her this coming week to see if all is well, for certain.
For me, the last few days have been ones for quiet time and recovery from the kind of stress that drains you.  Time spent in quiet, obser…

Prayers Answered

Mei-Ling did great today.  They were able to repair the small leak and do a couple other things that will make her life easier.   It was about 5 hours of surgery and she was able to go to her regular room without any PICU stay.  If all goes well, she should be able to go home early next week.  Thank you all for the prayers and well wishes.   God is good !
"Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear."  Is 59:1

Another Surgery

Mei Ling will have another big surgery at 1 today. When they did the VCG today, the dye went everywhere. Two pediatric surgeons and two urologists will perform the operation. It will take between 5-9 hours. More prayers needed. They won't know for sure what all  they will do until they get inside. One thing they know for sure, there is a leak from the first operation.
Many prayers needed as her little body has been through so much in the last month.

For Ruth, A Repost on Thankfulness To God

Last night Emery and I sat out on the porch watching a storm in the east. Although the storm never arrived at our place we did get a good light show from the lightening and we were blessed by a cool breeze which gave way to thoughts about the first family to live in this house, imagining them on such a night. We imagined that they would have gone to bed with a prayer of thankfulness on their lips for a breeze. We have lost something in this modern time, true dependence on God for all our needs. Oh yes, we still need Him, but mostly to give us strength to endure the stress of modern life or perhaps to fix the fragmented relationships that we have become part of. Most of us have no reason to ask God to provide us with food, or rain for our crops, or for a cool breeze so we can get some sleep. When Emery and I were first married, we were poor as church mice and there were times we did have to pray for the basics, and our faith was strong and there was never any doubt that God existed, we…

Never, Ever Give Up. Arthur's Inspirational Transformation!


Monday..."Consider It Pure Joy"

For decades I have always said that James 1:2 "Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."  is my favorite verse.   I have known trials of many kinds and knew without a doubt that God would work some good from it.  I always knew in my heart that God never caused the hard things in my life, they were just the results of living in an imperfect world.  Yet, I also understood I could learn from them.   It never was that God was a hard taskmaster, pushing lessons on us just for the sake of teaching us something, but He was always there beside me, gently comforting me, and like any good parent, hoping I would take the hardship and see a lesson of life in it.   This past month with Mei-Ling so sick, no more answers today then there were a couple of weeks ago.  Its beyond heart break…


Mei-Ling was rushed by ambulance to the hospital again.  Too much ammonia in her blood again.   Just got word she is in critical condition in ICU.   Prayers and good thoughts are most welcome !
I simply feel sick with worry.   I hope the Doctors find the reason for this and find a way to stop it from happening again.

Dr Quantum - Double Slit Experiment


Morning Ramble

Sometimes its good to just sit and think.   This morning was one of those mornings.  Random thoughts, entertained for a bit as they entered my brain.  Did  this wonderful King of the Universe, plan each and every detail of what I am seeing from my back porch ?   How amazing.   I have trouble figuring out all the possible outcomes of my plans for a vacation !   Is there some reason we have different blood types among us humans ?    Are Edgar and his buddies discussing the days plans with all their chatter each morning ?  Crows are that smart it seems.   Why did God choose Ravens to feed Elijah ?  Were they the only bird smart enough for the job ?   Its strange how one thought reaches out to another thought, not always on the same theme, but connected by something deeper in our brains.  If we lay in the sun, exposing a fatty area of our body, does that fat melt ?  Half of the questions I know the answer to, but I wonder about them all the same, and the other half, there really are no an…

Tea Time

Mei-Ling was feeling good enough to want to come over to Grammies house for tea party.  
She set the table for her "babies" too.  It was so nice to have her here, laughing and being silly.
What a joy to have things a bit like normal once again.

Mei Ling is Home

Mei-Ling is home from the hospital !  No more trips back and forth, the worry is much less, and there was time to sit on the back porch this morning and enjoy the cool, damp morning.   The coolness felt so good.  Refreshing, invigorating.   Edgar brought a couple friends to join him for his morning meal.  I sat watching them "talk" back and forth from the cotton wood tree before they landed on the ground to eat.  It seemed as if they were making plans as to who was going to knock the bowl off the stand since that is exactly what they did.   There is not enough room on the Rubbermaid container for them at the same time, so they knocked the bowl off it and then ate the food that spilled to the ground.  I try to keep the food away from the ducks and chickens, which is why I put the Crows food up a bit.  Tonight, Emery is going to build a feeding station for Edgar and his pals.  Two of them now.  Allen and Poe of course.   
I sat watching the birds while getting some spinning don…

Miracles Do Still Happen

A week ago, pictures told a totally different story.  A child, so small and frail looking, laying flat in a bed, hooked to more tubes and wires than I had ever seen, breathing tube attached.  Monitors showing nearly every body function.  All of us, in a state of shock, all feeling the same dreaded feelings, all having the same unspoken fear.  Teams of Doctors coming and going, consulting constantly with one another.   Her nurse with no other patients to care for, always by Mei-Lings side.  No one certain what caused such high ammonia levels in her body...there have been other rare cases of this happening after the same surgery she had the first part of April.  Prayer and more prayer.  Desperate pleas, even promising God that we would do anything He wants us to, just to keep her with us.   Tiny step by tiny step, there were signs of improvement.  An eye open.  Fingers that wiggled.  A nod.  She began to need the help of the breathing machine less.  She went 12 hours without a seizure, …


At this point in time we are thankful for any progress, even if it seems like tiny baby steps.
There have been no seizures in the past 24 hours.  Mei-Lings blood work was all normal today.  She was a bit confused and a bit delusional but they are thinking perhaps it was from all the medications she has been on and a serious lack of sleep in the past 24 hours.   Late this afternoon she slept for over an hour, after being anointed by Fr Duncan from the church we attend.  That was proof that prayer works as she had not be able to sleep !  She woke and asked for a hamburger and french fries !  Her confusion seemed to lessen after her nap.  They are still monitoring her very closely and she has a slew of Doctors seeing her.   She is so weak that even holding her head up for more than a few seconds is just not possible.  No more feeding tube or breathing tube.   What a miracle her progress has been !  Thank you all for the prayers and good thoughts, and we still need them for her and for her…