Saturday, October 31, 2009

All Better for Halloween

Katie is feeling much better now. Her cough is gone. Her ear infections have cleared up and the fever has not returned since our evening at the hospital.

We just got back in from Trick or Treating on this Halloween night. Despite a little rain, everyone had lots of fun. Take a look at the costumes that the kids picked out this year.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

A Cough, A Fever, and the Emergency Room

Katie was up most of the night last night with a barking cough that sounded an awful lot like a case of croup. This morning, she woke up exhausted but feeling a little better. We let her go to school but warned the school about her night and told them to call us immediately if she was tired or sick. She made it through the day just fine.

However, when she finally arrived home after traveling around with her mom after school doing errands, she had a fever. Amy walked through the door carrying her and said “Take her temperature”. The thermometer read 102.8 and we were quickly on the phone with her oncologist, and then on the way to the hospital.

Happily, despite thirty plus minutes and three attempts, at accessing her port, it was determined that there was nothing seriously wrong with Katie. She tested negative for the flu. Her ANC is fine and her other vitals are what they should be. The doctor did find a double ear infection though, and are wondering if that might be what spiked the fever. The doctor said that the infection wasn’t bad enough to treat except for the fact that Katie was running a fever so he would give us some antibiotics to be on the safe side.

Four hours after leaving the house, we returned and Katie is now sleeping soundly in my bed… I think I’ll squeeze into her bed again rather than waking her up just to move her across the hall. She could use several hours of undisturbed sleep.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Corn Maze

It's that time of year again here in the Northeast Kingdom. Cornfields are being harvested, but first, some are being cut into the shape of a maze. For a nominal fee residents and tourists alike can test their navigational skills in an attempt to find the way through the maze. Josh and Katie love the corn maze and beg for an opportunity to run through the maze each year. This year, we did it at night and brought a video camera along with us. The edited video is featured below. It took us nearly two hours to navigate the maze, but the video has been cut down to just 5 1/2 minutes.