on the mend

Good morning!  Today is supposed to be sunny and beautiful here in Nebraska with a high of 50 degrees.  I’ll take it! 

Everyone is heading back to school today thankfully.  Travis started the weekend out with an influenza type virus and is still coughing a lot, and then Sidney came down with it.  She missed three days of school but is healthy and back in her routine today.  And best of all she has finally been cleared to play volleyball again after three weeks sitting out.  I’m sure you can imagine her excitement since she lives, eats and breathes volleyball.  The older boys and I have so far escaped getting sick, and hopefully we will stay well.  Sweet little Ryan has missed the last two days of school.  Tuesday he was having lots of tummy pain and ended up sleeping for 6 1/2 hours straight during the day.  Then yesterday he was having way too many seizures when I tried to wake him up to get ready for school so instead I just let him sleep which is what he needs when he clusters so much.  I had to take Sidney to see the doctor and had him check Ryan’s ears.  Sure enough he has another ear infection.  As our doctor said “this guy just doesn’t act like he’s in pain” and he doesn’t. Thankfully I can read Ryan well enough to know when something is off and when I follow my gut I’m almost always right with him.  His seizures are the same – frustrating and frequent.  What bothers me the most are the myoclonic jerks that throw him to the floor because they are so strong.  Just this morning he came into the kitchen and grabbed my hand because he wanted to go back to bed.  And as he took my hand he had a massive seizure that threw him to the floor; it amazes me that he hasn’t broken his arm or slammed his head into anything yet with how strong they are.  Every time he sits there on the floor and cries with big alligator tears streaming down his face.  This type of seizure scares him and it makes me want to scream I get so frustrated knowing I can’t do anything to stop them.  Such is life for little Ryan but it really breaks our hearts to feel so helpless. 

The kids are all going to Dare 2 Share this weekend with our church youth group; this is Trevor’s first time and he is taking a friend. Please pray for Trevor’s sweet friend who had been attending youth group with him and several friends.  He and Trevor have had lots of talks about salvation and what it means to be a Christian.  Every year they come back having learned so much and have been challenged in their faith. It’ a wonderful ministry. 

Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” Ephesians 3:20

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