Friday, April 27, 2007
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Saturday, April 14, 2007
There is a passage from the Bible that I would like to quote. It is from Mark 9:14.
*Some manuscripts say "prayer and fasting".
When they came to the other disciples, they saw a large crowd around them and the teachers of the law arguing with them. As soon as all the people saw Jesus, they were overwhelmed with wonder and ran to greet him.
"What are you arguing with them about?" he asked.
A man in the crowd answered, "Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech. Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive out the spirit, but they could not."
"O unbelieving generation," Jesus replied, "how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to me."
So they brought him. When the spirit saw Jesus, it immediately threw the boy into a convulsion. He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth.
Jesus asked the boy's father, "How long has he been like this?"
"From childhood," he answered. "It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us."
"If you can?" said Jesus. "Everything is possible for him who believes."
Immediately the boy's father exclaimed, "I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!"
When Jesus saw that a crowd was running to the scene, he rebuked the evil spirit. "You deaf and mute spirit," he said, "I command you, come out of him and never enter him again."
The spirit shrieked, convulsed him violently and came out. The boy looked so much like a corpse that many said, "He's dead." But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him to his feet, and he stood up.
After Jesus had gone indoors, his disciples asked him privately, "Why couldn't we drive it out?"
He replied, "This kind can come out only by prayer."*
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Sophie is also able to climb steps!!! On Easter Sunday, Brandon sat Sophie down by the front door and she climbed over to the steps and started crawling up them. It was so amazing to watch her take the initiative to do something on her own.
Friday, April 06, 2007
Sophie sucking her everloving thumb.
Sophie's favorite standing position.
Sophie is always going for the couches so she can lean back on them.
If you are holding her hands and she is a couple of feet away from the couch,
she will walk backwards until her butt hits that couch. It is so adorable.
Sophie standing all by herself.
She will push away from the couch for a couple of seconds
and stand before falling back into the couch.
Sophie having a drop seizure.
I can't believe I caught it on camera. They happen so fast.
You can see her knees buckling and her body just drops.
There is so much force behind the seizure because her body just collapses.**
This is the reason she hits her head so hard.
A not so happy Sophie.
Her stitches look like a big scab because of the Dermabond they put on top of it.
Monday, April 02, 2007
The painful details of our emergency room visit...
As we were the only ones in the waiting room at the time, Sophie was admitted into the hospital within 20 minutes. The resident doctor "RD" came in and took a look at it. She said that it did not look too bad and that it probably would not need any stitches or Dermabond but that she has been wrong before. Then the RD came back in with her supervising doctor "SD". The SD decided that Sophie would need stitches since the skin was spread too far apart and she could not squeeze it close enough together to use Dermabond. The SD said that Sophie would need stitches in order for the cut to heal properly and that stitches would give the best results to minimize scarring in this situation. The SD also said that Sophie would need to be sedated for the procedure and that we would need to wait 30 minutes before we could sedate her so that her stomach could settle from breakfast. Sophie was so exhausted by this point that she fell asleep as soon as the SD walked out of the room. Then shortly after that another doctor came in to talk about the sedation. Sophie was to be sedated with a drug that would be administer through an IV. The drug would not put Sophie completely under but that she would not be conscious enough to remember anything. Then shortly after that a nurse came in to start the IV and hook her up to various machines (pulse monitor on her toe and 3 leads on her chest). Sophie barely woke up for the IV. By this time, 30 minutes had passed and I thought this was going great. I thought they would come in and sedate her and stitch her up without her even waking up. Well another 30 minutes went by and still no stitches. Then another 30 minutes went by and still no stitches. By this time Sophie was wide awake. All the while they kept saying it would be soon and that they were just getting the team together. Sophie was all over the place with nowhere to go considering she was all hooked up in a small room. We did not even have a crib to put her in. Sophie was passed back and forth between Grandma and me trying to entertain her the best we could. Finally, the team was assembled. The RD was to do the stitching with the SD watching closely, the other doctor came back for the sedation (no anesthesiologist required), and a nurse to chart the events. Everything was going smoothly. Sophie would squirm a bit every time the stitching needle went in but you could tell she was not in pain. Finally, they were done and I walked over to Sophie. I looked at her head and thought it did not look much better. Then Debbie walked over and said it looked the same. Then the SD looked at it and said that the stitches popped out!!! So there I was holding Sophie's arms down while the SD went to get another sterile kit and the other doctor went to get additional sedation. The SD said it was fine if I wanted to stand there and hold Sophie down but that there were going to be needles. No problem as I held Sophie down for over 10 weeks while Brandon gave Sophie a shot in the leg with a pretty big needle on a daily basis. That little hook they used to stitch with was nothing compared to that. So there I was holding Sophie down in this very warm little room while there was blood running down her face and into her hair as they shot her up with more litacaine and started stitching her back up. If you would have asked me a year ago if I could have done that, there would have been no way. It is amazing how much a child will change you. Well, this time the stitches held and they put Dermabond over the stitches as extra precaution. After 30 minutes, Sophie woke back up and was so thirsty. She downed 2 sippy cups full of water and some apple juice. After that she was ready to go but they wanted to observe her for 30 more minutes. So again, Debbie and I passed her back and forth and tried to entertain her. After the 30 minutes were up, I tracked down the nurse to unhook everything and to discharge her. She decided Sophie needed another 10 minutes of observation. Why? I am not sure as Sophie was full of energy and ready to just get down and play. So another 20 minutes went by and I tracked down the nurse again. She said Sophie needed another 10 minutes of observation. We complied. After 10 minutes, I found her again and begged her to let us go. She complied and we were finally on our way home. When we got home, I was scared to put Sophie down. I think I will be for the next several days. I cannot imagine what a drop seizure onto those stitches would feel like. I can only imagine what it must feel like for Sophie to go through everything she does and yet she is so resilient and happy (for the most part).