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Dear Bitta: Louisiana Responds...
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Sunday, March 12, 2006

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Louisiana writes an e-mail before she gets the family up for the day. She is enjoying the peace and quiet.

Sunday, March 12, 2006, 4:08 a.m., C.S.T.~

Dear Bitta Annike~

Thank you for your letter of the other day; it was good to hear from you again. Hope y'all are doing well over there in Vancouver!

I loved the picture of the Northern Lights you put on your letter; that was absolutely stunning!  We saw some auroras like that when we were in Alaska, and we were all entranced by the dancing light show in the sky! :)  We can't wait to see more of them when we get back to Alaska! :)

In the meantime, Bill and myself have Cozumel and Playa del Carmen, in Mexico, to look forward to. We are going to Mexico to celebrate our fifteenth wedding anniversary, and I know we will have a good time (especially since we won't have any children hanging off of us! LOL)! I have never been to Mexico (neither has Bill), but I have heard stories about how beautiful it is there; guess we have to check it out for ourselves.

Ronee' was feeling better, but since the last time I wrote, she is getting over an arhtritis flare. She has severe systemic juvenile rheumatoid arthritis that has already caused her to have joint replacement surgery on one knee and her hips; she may face more surgeries in the future, but for now, she is getting around great.  (She was on crutches;  she is now walking with two canes.)

When she has a flare, she has severe joint pain, inflammation in those joints, a fever, a telltale rash, and an upset stomach. It sometimes can affect the linings around her heart and lungs and her eyes. It is not fun when she flares; and it is no laughing matter. She got sick on Friday; today, Sunday, she is finally starting to feel more human. She probably won't go to church today; she will probably spend a good part of the day in bed, so shc can rest for school tomorrow.

As for Johnny, I am afraid that the news isn't as good. He has been having more problems with weakness; he has to be turned over every two hours (and catheterized every four) because he no longer can do it for himself. He is also starting to have some problems with his breathng, and it is starting to effect his swallowing ability. Really scary stuff.

I have already made an appointment for this week with his muscular dystrophy doctor at the MDA clinic; we'll just have to wait and see what is up with him. I am really scared because I know that he can't hold out forever, and muscular dystrophy, like it or not, is always fatal. I will keep you up to date regarding this situation; in the meantime, just say special prayers for me (and for Johnny)! :(

The other kids are doing well, but yeseterday, I had to get after Roberto, my son with Down's syndrome. When he gets mad he bangs his head against the wall, and I am afraid that he is going to hurt himself. I wish he'd quit doing that or find a quieter way to deal with his frustrations! He got inot trouble for taking some cookies and then lying about it, and I caught him in the lie. NOT good. Roberto IS a good kid most of the time, but at times, he can be a handful...sheese. LOL

I  had to get after Rani and Monica after they were swinging on the clothesline. In adddition, Jo-El cuused some excitement when he got his head stuck between a hole in our fence, and Kwame' was jumping onto the trampoline--from his bedroom window. I told him to knock it off or he was going to end up killing himself! Then people wonder why my hair is completely gray--and I am not even in my forties yet! Oh, ye' yaie!! LOL

The weather has calmed down here, thank goodness. But we may have more rain by Tuesday, with the threat of severe weather possible. I hope not; I don't do severe weather all that well. I just thank GOD we have a storm shelter we can go to whenever it gets ugly outside! :) Hope the weather is behaivng itself up thataway!

Yes, Bitta, I WOULD like some pictures of the auroras that you see. I just wish we would see them more often than we do; it is always such a treat when we see auroras in our neck of the woods! Thanks for thinking of me like that; that is awfully sweet of you! :)

Bitta, the books I sent to you were a gift foom the heart; don't even think of sending money! I hope you enjoy them; glad they got there safe and sound! :) I am glad that you are going to do a book about your own brood; let me know when it comes out, and I will be waitin' for my copy! *grins*

Well, I hear Ronee' clomping down the hall, so I guess that means the troops are starting to come alive. I will write more later; until I hear from you again, you take care, and may God bless you always!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tennessee, Louie May. :D


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Reviewed by Mary Lynn Plaisance 3/13/2006
I would love a vacation too. I admire the stories of the children with handicaps! I admire them because I think I couldn't handle this as well as you write about. But I have other stuff that I can handle well in my family,that others could not. So we all are sent what we can handle. I truly believe this with all my soul!

LOVE your stories.......(Hugs Karen)))))))))
Mary Lynn~
Reviewed by Birgit and Roger Pratcher 3/13/2006
Wow, this made our little family seem tame and boring! A great write,
Love and hugs, Birgit and Roger
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 3/13/2006
Karen another excellent piece
GOd Bless
Reviewed by E T Waldron 3/12/2006
Karen, your stories never miss a beat! Fine writing as always. I once took care of a boy like Roberto, really a constant battle;-)

Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 3/12/2006
Wish I can get away for a little while....thanks for sharing!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Carole Mathys 3/12/2006
Wow, a getaway for two, that is something couples should do every few months. Great writing once again Karen.
love and peace, Carole
Reviewed by Peter Paton 3/12/2006
I reckon you and Bill will have a stupendous fifteenth wedding anniversary in Mexico, I heard its an amazing and romantic place to visit and holiday....second honeymoon...;)
I hope and pray Ronee can overcome the acute pain and discomfort of those horrible flares, and that Johnny is able to continue in faith and inner strength, to survive with some quality of life, and also dear Roberto..:)
It can't be easy for any of them with these debilitating illnesses and conditions, Karen

Love and Hugs
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 3/12/2006
Sounds like you and Bill could really use that glorious sounding trip to Cozumel and Playa del Carmen. And what marvelous places to celebrate your wedding anniversary - alone!
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 3/12/2006

An engaging, entertaining letter--love the part about K'Wame jumping on the trampoline from his bedroom window. You wonder just where kids GET the ideas to do the things they do!! Well done.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.

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