Saturday, February 27, 2010

What a Week!

Wow, how to recap this past week?

It was certainly not the week I thought we'd have when Monday rolled around. Caleb came home from school not feeling well that day, took a nap, and woke up with a monster fever and cough that eventually led us to the doctor the next morning...and then on to the hospital for the week.

Diagnosis...bronchial pneumonia. I didn't know it could zap the life of you so quick, but watched it do that to Caleb.

In the process of this, we also found out that he has a weakness in his lungs, and propensity towards this type of thing, due to a depressed chest cavity, which they say means less space for the lungs - something we've wondered about, but never had a diagnosis for. They plan to send him for rehabilitation after he gets over the pneumonia in hopes of making that area stronger. Can't imagine what they do in rehab for that, so it will be interesting.

Due to a crowded children's ward (he was moved there after two nights in intensive care), and the fact that he was doing better after three days of heavy antibiotic, they discharged him yesterday. It was such a blessing to bring him unexpected blessing. The doctor said normally he would've kept him until Tuesday, which is what I was expecting. But I'm SO glad he got to come home!

Given that Dave is still gone, and that we have the Stephen's family moving to Czech on Monday and staying with us for a few weeks before they move into a house, it's nice to have him home to make life simpler. I can watch over him, but get some things done around here!

Dave gets home Sunday night - he's been gone 2 1/2 weeks so we're all anxious for his return, especially in light of what happened this week.

Brian and Aleisha Stephens, along with their 1 year old daughter, Cece, arrive Monday night to begin serving with JV. We are SO excited about their arrival! Brian will serve in the JV office alongside Dave and Mel. I'm sure I'll write about them more later!


  1. Yeah! It was a crazy week! Glad it's almost over :D . But God has been good to us! ;) Didn't hear about the chest cavity... what a strange thing! I'm curious about the rehabilitation too!

  2. We just can't wait to be there! Brian talked with Tyler some while we saw him here in Chicago. Tyler mentioned that Caleb might share a little of Brian's passion for sports. So, if Caleb needs someone to talk to or feels bored; Brian can chat non-stop about sports:)!

  3. Sending Caleb to Rehab....ha, ha, makes him sound like some kind of rock star who has to learn to deal with his success. Seriously though, it's great to get another silver lining from this incident, much like the illness a few years ago. Caleb's been through so much in the health realm and that is a good lesson for us all not to take our health for granted.