Monday, August 11, 2008

A full month of highlights and lowlights...

Has it been almost a month since my last blog?

It has been busy and good and bad and everything in between. Some pictures, some words, and some thoughts.

Our lowlights involved some health issues for Quinn--issues around his g-tube and constipation. It took some painful days and nights to figure out what was going on and it ended with a trip to the ER, an ambulance ride to Doernbecher's, and a 24 stay at OHSU. Quinn is an amazing, amazing kid...in the ambulance (which was more of a precaution because he had pain medication and the doctors were concerned about us just driving to Doernbecher's) Quinn asked if we were going to rescue someone. He was just hanging out on the gurney, taking it all in.

We learned a lot on this trip which will help us better identify potential issues in the future but it was really a rotten weekend. Quinn's crying caused his poor voice to be hoarse so it took him some time before he sounded like himself. We had pretty good nurses but I had some frustrations with the residents. One of the CNAs at the hospital was very kind and her name was Zulu for "the one we have been waiting to see". We talked about Quinn's name being Celtic and meaning "wisdom". While we were together, Quinn began to cry and said, "My eyes are leaking...my eyes are leaking." Our CNA said, "Oh yes, he is a very wise man."

Praise God for the surgical nurse we saw after we had been released...she solved the g-tube issues and after about 3 weeks Quinn's tube looks 1000 times better! Again, it is kind of like having an ear piercing that gets very irritated but in this case, you can't take out the g-tube to let it heal.

The day after we were released from the hospital, we headed to Idaho for a Dougherty family reunion! All of Ryan's siblings and their families plus Ryan's parents were in the Boise area. Seeing family and spending time together was a wonderful highlight! We were glad to see everyone and while Quinn was in recovery mode, we had some great chats and great times together. We even got to do a series of family shots with everyone and individual families too. We sampled some of the best ice cream/dessert spots that Ryan's sister Heidi had scouted out for us. As Ryan's brother Derek said after he left, we have to get used to not having two desserts with each meal. Eating meals--especially dessert--is a favorite family activity!

The start of the Olympics is a highlight! I love watching and I love hearing these stories. I just started reading "Heavenly Man" which is about a Chinese man who has been a key part of the underground church in China. I am really curious how these Olympics will influence Chinese culture and the government. Watching the men's swimming relay Sunday night was awesome! I love the surprises!

August in Higher Ed is both a highlight and a lowlight :) It means the summer is coming to a close but the exciting elements of the school year are about to begin. I'm enjoying some of the projects I'm working on and looking forward to seeing events and programs in motion. I continue to work with the Act Six program and now some other areas of student transition. Good stuff!

I'm learning about simplifying. I suppose this is always in process but certain times it becomes more clear. Where I spend time, money, energy, and priorities...more about that later.

Highlights and lowlights...they all come with the territory, don't they?

Be sure to check out my previous post about Derek Redmond! It is worth your time!

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