Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Follow Up

Lennard went in for a follow up visit with our family doctor yesterday and had another x-ray ordered on his wrist.  The doctor was not happy that his wrist hadn't been immobilized and then when the x-ray results came in today, we found out why Lennard has still been in so much pain!  The scaphoid bone in his wrist is fractured.  He said that if it breaks completely, then Lennard will need surgery too!  Yikes!  He's now been referred to the casting clinic in Lethbridge to get a cast.  He is NOT happy about it! We haven't heard from them for an appointment yet... you would think if a cast is needed that it would be a case of sooner rather than later...  What a month so far.
Some of the 'pretty' bruising... there's lot more farther up too.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Let's Add One More Thing

The last few days I've been feeling a bit off and yesterday I figured that I might have a UTI or a kidney infection the way I was aching.  It wasn't a lot of pain, just discomfort.  This morning, after I got the kids off to school, I got a rice bag heated up and was just going to go lay down.  Lennard popped in and told me that there had been a change in plans and that he was going to fly to Creston with my Dad to get some stuff done on the plane.  He did ask how I was feeling - and at that point I was uncomfortable, but not in any pain.  It was only a half hour after he left (of course), that I got more uncomfortable and decided that maybe I'd better go down to the clinic to find out exactly what was going on.  When I called for an appointment, they were completely booked, but they said that he would accept walk-ins, so I went.  Within a very short period of time, I went from being uncomfortable to having a bit of pain to being in constant pain that I was having trouble dealing with.  I'm sure I put on a good show in the waiting room... After a while, I asked how long it would be and the receptionist said that there was only one person ahead of me.  But then I waited and waited as two more people were called in.  By then I was at the point of needing to be seen immediately or I would have to head to the ER.  Thankfully, after inquiring again and explaining how much pain I was in, they got me in to one of the rooms.  I was in so much pain by then, that when the doctor came in I broke down.  So embarrassing.  I finally was able to explain what was going on.  I was quite frustrated because it felt like kidney stones, but I've been on daily meds to prevent them for three years!  After a quick test, it was determined that it was indeed kidney stones.  The doctor called over to the ER with orders for me and I headed over to the hospital.  I made a quick call to my mom, and thankfully she was able to come in to Town and be at the house for when Ben got home from kindergarten.  I was seen right away.  The frustrating/crazy thing about it all was that as soon as I got to the ER, the pain almost went away.  I decided to still get the IV in hopes that it would help flush the stones out.  I was so cold that even with a warm blanket I had my coat on top and I was still shaking.  My mom stopped by with Ben after and he was quite concerned about me.  He even teared up and didn't want me to stay at the hospital.  What a sweet boy.  
 It wasn't too long after that that they unhooked the IV (and left the needle in my hand in case I needed to come back), wrapped me up and sent me home.  I spent the rest of the afternoon in bed feeling completely exhausted and achy.  Ben went out to Mountain View with my mom and left me to rest and then they came back in in time to take Emma to gymnastics.  Lennard finally got home around 4:00 or so.  He was pretty upset that he hadn't been around all day for me.  What a day.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Family Pictures

One of my old roommates from when I lived in Calgary takes pictures, so I asked her if she would take our family pictures.  She said yes, so we headed in to Lethbridge to the Indian Battle Park.  It's been years since I've been there and Lennard and the kids have never been, so it was fun to explore too!  We were there a few minutes before Marla got there, so I snapped a couple pictures with my iPhone.  
 I snapped a picture of the kids behind Marla.  I'm hoping she caught Ben's smile!
 Emma is such a little poser that it doesn't take much to get her smiling in a photo!
I can't wait to get the pictures back from Marla!  Here's hoping they turn out!

Thursday, September 29, 2016


My friend, Shannon, got to come home with her baby on Monday (finally)!  I popped over and saw her for a few minutes that day, but today we got a nice long visit in!  Ben was SO excited to get to hold Gwen all by himself.  She is such a little doll.

After spending the afternoon with them, we got home so that we'd be there for Emma getting back from school.  I had to laugh when I was cleaning up things and found this note that Emma wrote.  Ben has professed his love for Izzy more than once, and even asked Cody if he could marry his daughter.  lol.  What a boy.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

A Call You Never Want to Get

Lennard had a planned outage today at work.  I was at home with the kids and had got them breakfast and had them dressed for church when I got a text from Lennard saying that he was at the hospital.  That's never a good way to start a text... After asking what happened and if he was okay, I got this text: "Fell off the pole."  That's it... no details.  Yeah... that's just what I wanted to hear.

I texted him back a couple times and after a few minutes he finally wrote back saying that he'd hurt his wrist.  I tried calling a couple people to watch the kids, but the phone calls wouldn't go through for some strange reason.  I finally walked over to our next door neighbors and asked if they would watch Emma and Ben while I went down to the hospital to find out exactly what was going on.  Thankfully, they were okay to watch them and I headed down.

This is what I saw when I got there... Lennard looked so impressed.  He was so incredibly lucky that he didn't have any major injuries.  He figures that he must have kicked out and fell about 15 feet down the pole and only stopped when his wrist hit a stand off bracket and got caught between it and his safety belt.  Then he had to try to get himself righted and climb the rest of the way down the pole.  He is pretty scraped up and bruised, but it could have been SO much worse!
 I got there just a few minutes before the doctor came in to give him the all clear.  The x-ray didn't show anything broken and we were told it was just a bad sprain.  He got his wrist put in a splint and was told to get another x-ray in a week.
 He was in so much pain, but guess what he had me do... yup... I was told to take him back to the work site!  They were in the middle of an outage and he wanted to make sure it all went according to plan.  There's a dedicated employee for you!
I went home after dropping him off, got the kids and finally got ready for church.  We headed off and, after about an hour, finally got a text saying that he was home resting.

I hate seeing him in pain, but am so grateful that it is only his wrist.  After working in a rehab center out East, I had visions of brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, etc.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Store Room Shelves

We've had some adjustable shelving in the back of our storage room that is just about ready to collapse under the weight of cans.  I have been nervous about putting anything else on the shelves, so things have been stacking up on the floor.  We finally decided to just go for it and get some shelves built.  We only needed a few 2x4s so it only cost us $35 to do all the shelving.  We had leftover OSB at the hangar.
The kids helped us empty the shelves and then enjoyed playing while we installed the shelves.
By the end of the night, our new shelves were built, installed and loaded again!  Now we can see exactly what we have (or don't have).  It's nice knowing that the shelves won't break.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Primary Presentation

Well, my fourth Primary Presentation is done!  I was really nervous this morning about how it would go as last weeks practice was wild!  We all went up early so I could get kids into the right seats, but the choir was practicing until about ten minutes before the meeting started!  Argggg!  Oh well, thankfully most of the kids remembered where they were supposed to sit, so that helped. Amazingly, we were only missing two kids from our entire primary. One was sick and the other was with her dad this weekend. They did such a great job. I was so proud of them. Many of the kids had their parts memorized.  Emma and Ben did the majority of their parts without help. The kids sang all of the songs so beautifully. It was definitely a good moment. 

The rest of Primary was a little wild.  The kids were definitely done sitting still. Jen had a great activity planned for them in stations so they got to move around quite a bit. We had a little craziness in Nursery with not being able to find a parent, but hopefully we'll get at resolved quickly!

I am so very thankful for such great counsellors, teachers, music people, nursery leaders, etc. I have heard so many crazy stories from other wards and we are blessed to have dedicated, loving teachers. I love our ward.