Saturday, February 8, 2014

Imperfect Angel, Gage, and Snow!

It certainly has been quite a week...I will get to that later. First I wanted to share my imperfect angel. I think this little angel could be a symbol of my life. My life is far from perfect...but I love it anyway!


I got this little angel at Goodwill for .99 cents. She had a little chip but I knew I was going to paint her so no big deal.

Then I hear Chantel say as we walked in the door coming home from Goodwill, "Sorry Mom--I dropped your angel--but she'll be fine"


Now she has more than 1 little chip. So I glued her and painted her with spray paint. I used gloss paint (which I never like) so I sprayed it a second time with flat. Well, the paint started cracking and doing weird things...but oh well, she looks cute anyway! Imperfect angel, imperfect life, and I love it anyway :)



A few days ago my son Gage had another huge seizure. It is always so scary. We have all been sick around here and my grown daughter Janae was really sick so I had made dinner and drove plates for her and her boyfriend over to their house. As soon as I got there I get a call from my son Wyatt..."Mom, Gage is having a seizure" I hear my husband in the background saying it is a really bad one. He was still breathing thank God. I rushed home and we called 911. I told the paramedics we usually got o the Tuality hospital so off in the ambulance Gage went and I followed behind in my car.  My husband stayed home with Wyatt and Chantel. After a couple hours at Tuality they still couldn't stop his seizures and so they called a critical care ambulance to take him to Dornbeckers Children's hospital.


We were put in the intensive care unit at Dornebeckers and they finally got his seizures stopped. They once again had to pump him full of so much medication that they were afraid his heart would stop or he would stop breathing--but he didn't. My Gage is a tough kid. Thank God. They wanted to keep him for a couple days...but the snow was coming. So after we spent the night I started begging for them to let us go home. All his testing was coming out fine but he was out like a light. They told me there was no way the neurologist was going to let me take him home. I was not looking forward to spending like a week there if we got snowed in (the hospital is at the top of a hill--you have a beautiful view of all of Portland but it is a bear getting up there at times). Well thank goodness the neurologist on duty was Gage's regular neurologist so he knows us. He told the nurses, " If Sandy feels comfortable taking him home let her." He told the nurses he trusted my opinion and this is not my first rodeo, and I know what I am doing. The nurses were shocked. They had told me there was no way he would let us go so I guess my persistance in saying "Please just ask him!"got us out of there. As the nurse and I wheeled him out to my car he couldn't even hold his head up. I prayed I had made the right decision. By the time we pulled into our town the snow had began to fall. Just at that time my son Wyatt called me from school saying he was very sick and he didn't know what to do. I told him I had just pulled into town and I would come and get him. He was relieved. I felt assured Gage and I were suppose to come home.


Gage slept all of Thursday and Friday. As you can see here I could get him to give me a grin but he didn't want to open those eyes. The intensive care unit doctor called me and said that they had tested him for RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) and it had come out positive. They said there is nothing we can do but let him sleep and it takes 10-14 days to get thru it. It is highly contagious so our family is just huddling up together in our house and keeping our germs to ourselves.

Wyatt has been waiting for snow for a couple years now so as soon as he felt a little better out he went...


The snow is not very packable--very dry and blowing--but he did his best to build a snowman.


Don't you just love the Cheeto eyebrows?!


I was really wanting snow this year--but I am feeling like I am over it now.





As you can see my car isn't going anywhere anytime soon so thankfully Papa (my Father-in-law) drove Wyatt and I to Walmart in his 4 wheel drive Jeep so we could get milk, eggs, bread, and kitty litter---all the things we can't live without! They say the freezing rain is coming tonight and to be ready for the electricity to go out. I have my candles ready to light.

Most business' are closed--including the shop my husband works at--so though the bills continue to come in the mail, there is no income coming in this week. We are hoping he can use some vacation days--but it will be a tougher than usual month for us.


Life isn't perfect...but it is wonderful!

I hope this finds everyone staying warm--
thanks for visiting!

27 comments:

pipigirl said...

take care of your family. stay warm and dry, and safe. im so ready for it to be gone too. at least you dont get horrible cold vortexes... be thankful for that....:)

Janae said...

I am so relieved Gage is home and doing better! I love your little angel the accidental cracking looks great. I feel like I haven't seen you guys in a long time since we have had all this snow. I'm not used to not seeing you guys every other day at least. Thank you so much for bring Sidney & I dinner several days ago it was delicious. Your such a great Mom, we all, especially Gage are so lucky to have you. Love you Mom.

pat in NY said...

My prayers are with you. God bless you. Pat.

Cristan Lamb said...

Just like your new angel, life has it's chips and cracks, but, as a mom, we fix what we can and pray for the rest to be healed. Sometimes, the restoration and healing bring the most important memories of Moms for our loved ones. You are a wonderful Mom, Sandy <3

Grandma Carolee said...

This is a beautiful post, Sandy. I"m so glad Wyatt felt well enough to be able to play in the snow. His snowman looks great...very artistic! Like Janae' said, it seems like a long time since we've seen you since it has been snowing. I miss our daily walks. I love your positive attitude throughout all the ups & downs. Stay cozy & warm with your precious family.

must love junk said...

Sandy, I'm sorry to hear what your family is going through! But you've got a great attitude, and that's inspiring! Hope you are all healthy soon :)
Susan

Lucille said...

Dear Sandy! What an angel of patience you are. I'm so relieved that your son pulled through. Sorry for all that you are going through. Hope things settle down soon.

JP said...

Sandy, I'm so sorry to hear that you had such a crisis to deal with. But, happier to hear your happy ending! Stay healthy and strong!
JP

Junkchiccottage said...

Sandy,
You have been through a lot this week. So happy to see Gage is doing better and you have him home. I am wishing for better days ahead for you. Even during the roughest times at the end of the day you have each other. You are my hero and you always inspire me with how you handle life and what it throws your way. Stay warm. Good ending to a hard week.
Kris

Heaven's Walk said...

Oh Sandy...you poor thing. I am glad to hear that both your boys are doing better. What a week you've had, girl! Praying that God will pour abundant healing and financial peace upon you all today!

xoxo laurie

Trinity Bockus said...

So glad to hear Gage is home with you all and recovering. That's got to be so scary when he has the seizures...not knowing how long they'll last or if he'll get hurt or go into a coma. You've got my prayers and love coming your way! The snow pictures are beautiful! We've just got rain here in California finally...my backyard is a pond now, but I'm not complaining! We need it!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

What a crazy scary week you have all had!! So glad Gage is better...Wow that is some snow storm!

Carol

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Sending prayers for Gage. Stay safe, and warm. We have tons of snow here too. The angel is perfectly imperfect.

Stacy's Shabby Shoppe said...

Sandy, you poor girl! It does not sound like a good week at all, but I'm glad that Gage is home now and with you. We had a "hospital" kind of week around here too (thought that Wade had another heart attack, but he didn't) and we spend hours in Emergency. It is so nice to come home after that isn't it. Hoping that you ALL feel better soon and that spring comes quickly to you! xo

Diane said...

What a difficult week you've had. I hope Gage is doing better now that he is at home. I know the snow has made things difficult for many. We've had around 8 inches in SW Washington. I'm looking forward to higher temps this week. Love your sweet angel too!

Melanie said...

You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Sometimes the things that we think aren't perfect, turn out to be just right. I love your angel and think it is perfect!
Stay warm and safe during the storm and I am hoping that y9ou are able to keep power! You are in my thoughts and prayers!

lynn said...

love gage's little smile:) bless his heart--hope he feels better soon. wyatt's snowman is great! love the use of cheetos for eyebrows! your angel turned out lovely, too! wishing you a much better week ahead, sandy:)

Amy Walton said...

Oh Sandy, if I could give you mother of the year award, I would in a heartbeat! Your children are so lucky to have you for a mom. Gage is sooo darn cute! I am so glad he is doing better and that you all are feeling better. I feel terrible that you have all been so sick, especially with the snow and everything else going on!! I hope your husband is able to get back to work soon. Believe me, I know that stress! Sending big hugs to you sweet friend. You inspire me to be a better mom!
ps, I think your angel looks beautiful!
Love,
Amy

Amy Jo said...

Sandy,

I am so sorry for your boy. I will pray for him. Sickness is so hard. I can't imagine being in the snow on top of it all...

Blessings,
Amy Jo

Holly @ Down to Earth Style said...

Sandy,
I really enjoyed reading about a day in your life. I hope Gage is on the mend. I'm glad the doctor you normally work with was there to release him. We had a similar situation when our babies were in the hospital. The doctors know who's capable to give good care....it's the mom. xoxo

Susan EvelynAndRose said...

Oh sweet Sandy, I'm so sorry your family has had to go through all this. You have such amazing strength, and my prayers are with you, Gage and the rest of your wonderful family. I hope Gage is doing much better now, and it was cute to see those cheetos on Wyatt's snowman.
You truly inspire so many of us with your positive spirit, no matter what comes your way.
(also, I'm thrilled to see you had a blast at the Junk Salvation. Wish we had that market our way!)

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

I'm sorry your son was not well. So scary.

Twinkle Terrior said...

So glad that Gage is resting and better. And Wyatt made the cutest snowman ever! I think Mother Nature went over-board this year - our town was closed most of this week too ~sigh~

Cindy said...

Oh wow... what a week. I'm so glad that Gage is ok now. That must have been so stressful. Phew...!
We had a big snow here in North Carolina too, and EVERYTHING was closed. I'm like you... it's so pretty, but now i'm over it! I know you're thankful that you didn't end up staying in the hospital for a week!

Cindy

Pam Kessler said...

I know this is an old post, but I was just getting caught up on what you've been doing lately. Holy cow! Sounds like you had a wild month in February. Glad Gage is feeling better. Hope he stays seizure free!

Duck Egg said...

that's nice blog for Home interior Designs.Shabby Chic fabric is so good.

Bohemian said...

I Hope that Time has promoted a Healing Touch to Gage?! We just had our Grand-Daughter's long awaited Surgery and are in the Recovery Period right now. She too is a tough kid, tough as old boots and such an Inspiration also. As Custodial G-Parents of this particular Grandchild it has been a tough road to get to the place where Surgery would be allowed since we were simultaneously dealing with Guardianship Issues allegedly being Expired after all these years. We're in the Process now of having Family Court Approve Permanent Placement since the two G-Kids we're raising, and have since their birth, will be with us until they are grown anyway. Sometimes The System as it stands doesn't make very much sense when it pertains to Kinship Placements... most of the resources seem to be directed towards Non-Kinship Placements. Having a Sick Child is stressful enough... so your Post here Touched my Heart deeply... Prayers that Gage is doing much better now and that you can have a Peace about his Health returning.

Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian