Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Worries, Worms, and Winners

Well when I said I didn’t want spring break to end, this is NOT what I had in mind. My poor little man has pneumonia. We came into the hospital on Friday morning and thought worst-case scenario would be that they keep us overnight. We quickly learned it was going to be a longer ordeal. Much longer. We are at 6 days and counting.

Monday was downright frightening. Mid morning he went into distress. The room was full of people trying to increase his oxygen levels. I called my husband and told him he needed to come right away. He asked me to leave the phone on speaker as he drove. I am sure it was as scary on the phone as it was in person.

After that we met the head of the PICU. He assessed my son and ordered a number of tests. I left Monday afternoon to pick up my daughter and heard the doctor’s assessment over the phone while watching my daughter at gymnastics class.

They decided that he did not need to be moved to the PICU, but they adjusted medications, ordered a few more tests, and had some outside specialists come in to see him. My husband and I are both feeling a bit under the weather. I’d been at the hospital for four days straight, so I took a break and went home to see my daughter, sleep in my own bed, and get an appointment with my doctor.

I got home and cried on Monday. He had more tests done after I left and I felt helpless that I couldn't bet there. I was afraid that I was going to get too sick to see him in the hospital. I was worried about my daughter. She heard me cough and was worried that I was going to have to go to the hospital, too.

Then Tuesday happened.


The staff here all admitted that they were really worried about him on Monday. Tuesday he was eating, sitting up, and playing. I came to visit, but I let my husband stay the night at the hospital again. I went home almost giddy. My daughter and I used up a Groupon for dinner.


We also stopped at the store on the way home to buy balloons for the little guy. She is only three so this is hard on her as well, but it was a good night!

This morning there was talk of going home soon. They tried to wean him off the oxygen, but he isn’t ready yet. It looks like it is going to be another couple of days. It is disappointing, but we told the nurse this morning that after Monday we have a different frame of reference. If he needs another couple of days, that is okay with us.


On the school front, my student teacher has been a star! She got a lot dumped on her this week and she has really done well.

My Donor’s Choose project was funded recently and I’d arranged for two pounds of red worms to be delivered today. It was too late to change delivery, so I talked to one of my teacher friends with vermicomposting experience. Christine helped some of my students get the worms set up in their new home after school today.

Better yet she sent me pictures! There are enough to do a blog post on the worm delivery I was not there to see.


I can honestly say I did not intend for my student teacher to have to deal with worms this week on top of everything else! I cannot wait to be back in class to get the worm project underway!


Thank you to everyone who entered my 100-follower giveaway!

The winner of the K-2 giveaway is Entry #293 Leeann F.
The winner of the 3-5 giveaway is Entry #348 Jen O.

(Side note: My husband looked over at the screen this afternoon and asked if the winner really was Jen O.  What are the chances Jen O. winning Jen O’s giveaway?)

I have e-mailed the winners and will be e-mailing my friends who donated prizes soon to make sure they get the goods. (Tonight I hope if my son and hospital wifi cooperate!)


I have literally been working on this post all day. It is my night at the hospital again and my little guy is finally asleep. We are all looking forward to being back at home with healthy kids. Thank you so much for all the thoughts and prayers! Please keep them coming!


  1. Awww, so sad about your little guy! I'll be thinking of you and your family. Sounds like you have a great teacher support system-keep your head up!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  2. Prayers for a speedy healing for your sweet little one! Hope he's back on the mend super quickly!

    Primary Inspired

  3. I hope you guys get to go home soon. Your son is a real trooper! When my daughter was 2 she would CONSTANTLY get ear infections and strep and we were at the doctor's office atleast once a month. She was scream at the top of her lungs the entire visit. I would have to bear hug her the entire time. It looks like your little one is much better behaved! I hope your little girl is coping well too, I know that can be difficult as well.


  4. Oh my word Jenny!! I am so sorry! I will be praying for y'all!! I know how awful it is when they are sick but when they are in the hospital it is so much worse! I'm so sorry you had to go through that! I hope your little guy gets better soon!

    Take care of yourself, friend!
    Collaboration Cuties

  5. I am so so sorry that this is happening to your little man. Your family is in my thoughts. I'm glad to hear that he appears to be doing better, and that you, as a family, are doing everything you can. I can only image what you are going through

  6. Bless you and your family! My goodness, how terrifying! I've been watching posts on your Facebook too and prayers have been coming! ;-)
    ideas by jivey

  7. You must be exhausted physically and mentally! Sending prayers and cyber hugs!

  8. You poor thing! It must be a very stressful time. I'm so sorry! I hope that cutie is feeling better soon! I will be thinking about you and your sweet family!! ♥
    Beach Sand and Lesson Plans

  9. Oh Jenny I am so, so sorry. What a hard time. I hope your little guy is home and running all around very soon!
    First Grade Carousel

  10. I am so sorry to hear about your son. That has to be so scary. I hope he is feeling better and out of the hospital soon.

    Ms Richards's Musings

  11. Still thinking and praying for you guys Jenny :)

    Stephanie Ann

  12. I am so happy about his turn around. Prayers that he will be home soon!!

    God Bless!
    Crystal Shepherd
    The lamppost in 1st grade math

  13. Oh my goodness. I'm a new follower and just had to tell you my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Hopes and prayers that he will be home soon! :)
    Third Grade All Stars

  14. Bless your heart. Prayers for your little man.