I know that it has been ages since I last posted. My life has been absolutely crazy since July 18.
Shortly after my last post, we took Blessing to the doctor for her 1 year appointment. She was declared a failure to thrive baby because she is not gaining weight like what they would like. It is just a weight issue, not a developmental one, as she is way ahead in that aspect. So, we started stressing over what she was eating and what she was drinking.
At the end of July, Blessing was running a very high fever and because she is so small, she ended up in the hospital. We spent 3 days in the hospital with her as she was being rehydrated. For two of those days, all that she did was sleep on my chest. It was very scary to see her that way, as she usually is a go-getter. She never seems to stop running and is constantly on the move.
A week after she was released from the hospital, she stopped eating and drinking again and had another high fever. We took her back to the doctor and he ran blood tests again and she was mildly dehydrated. However, the pediatrician sent us home and told us to let her have anything she wanted to drink. So, we gave her fluids she probably shouldn't have had, just so she would drink, as we were leaving on vacation the next day.
We went on vacation for a week. The day after we got home (the 20th of August), Blessing had diarrhea. She would go 4 or 5 times a day. On the 22nd, her bowels changed and she became constipated. We noticed on Friday that she wasn't feeling well. By Sunday, she had stopped eating like she was and definitely didn't want anything to do with fluids. On Monday, she woke up with a 104.6 fever and so I took her to the pediatrician. He drew blood and once again sent her home and told us to give her whatever she wanted to drink - it could even be soda. Well, I brought her home and all she did was sleep the rest of the day. She didn't want to eat or drink. She didn't sleep well at night and was extremely fussy! Tuesday morning, she woke up with a 105.1 fever. I called our family doctor and by noon we were in an ambulance being rushed to a local Children's Hospital. It was a huge blessing. She was dehydrated again and was very very lethargic. Anyway, we spent 3 days again in the hospital. We have more tests coming up in a week to see if there is anything going on to make her not want to eat or drink.
Besides what has been going on with Blessing, vacation was great. It was wonderful to be able to get away and spend time camping and relaxing and fishing. I finished the last Harry Potter book - oh my! It was excellent. Mr. Tall and I got to go to the state fair alone and spend a few mornings fishing alone while grandparents watched Blessing. It was wonderful!!!
I will try to post pictures very soon and keep you updated on what we find out with Blessing.
We know that God has a plan and a purpose for all of our trials. We are just looking to him for strength and guidance.