April 9, 2011, Nashville, Tennessee, 10:12 a.m., DST~
Louie here. A very tired, exhausted Louie, that is (but then, that is my usual state LOL).
I got back from the Emergency Room (ER) around two, two thirty this morning. I had to take Roberto (18 1/2) there because he accidentally slammed the kitchen door on four fingers (his right hand), fracturing three of them. Oh, how he howled!! He then proceeded to hit himself repeatedly on the head until I could hold him in my arms and whisper soft, soothing words into his ear, so he could calm down.
He was so scared, especially when the ER doctor in charge and the nurses descended upon him. He started screaming all over again; I had to stay there and hold his head while I got my eardrums blasted by his piercing wails. It was NOT very fun! (Roberto is autistic in addition to having cerebral palsy and Down syndrome.)
The doctor wrapped his broken fingers up and put his arm into a sling and wrote me a prescription for children's Tylenol with codeine and sent us both on our merry way. By the time we got home, Roberto was already falling asleep from the effects of the drug. He's now sleeping heavily on the couch in the livingroom. He will probably end up sleeping until 12 noon or so (or at least, I'm hoping he does!).
Yesterday, Ronee' called home from Louisiana to say how much she misses us (well, the feeling's mutual!). She was also telling us about Britnee Rowlett, her roommate, getting stung by a bee. Apparently, the bee first landed on Ronee'; Ronee' panicked because she is highly allergic to insect stings (just one sting would send her directly to the ER), and in her fright, she knocked the bee off her arm; it landed right on Britnee. The bee then stung Britnee, twice, right on the elbow.
Britnee is fine, but now she has a nice, fat elbow! LOL I'm not glad the bee stung Britnee; however, I AM glad that it didn't sting my daughter! That would have spelled disaster! Poor Ronee' was shaken up; bees absolutely undo her (in more ways than one); this is why she always has her Epi-Pen with her at all times.
In addition to that, Ronee' called to say that she is definitely coming home for Easter and she was able to get time off from her job for a week to ten days. She is bringing Britnee Rowlett with her. We are really looking forward to seeing Ronee' again and getting to meet Britnee!
For Easter, we are going to go to church for special Easter services, then we will probably take the gang out to eat at Golden Corral (note to self: Louie, don't forget to call Golden Corral and make a reservation for a party of roughly 100 people!), and then we'll probably go to the park, where we will have an Easter egg hunt for the younger children and just let our bellies flop around. LOL
Johnny has finally found a tuxedo in his size! He is very relieved, but he (and Rebekka, who is also coming; she lives in Texas) both have a long way to go before all the wedding plans are finalized. Their wedding is tentatively set for September 12, 2011; it is going to be held at Centennial Park here in downtown Nashville.
Johnny had a muscle biopsy done last week; his MD has remained about the same. Not good news, per se, but at least it hasn't gotten any worse. Small blessings, I suppose. I just dread the day when we'll find him in bed (or in his wheelchair), struggling to breathe or perhaps already dead. That is probably my biggest fear right now. I just love Johnny so much and I'd hate to lose him, especially now, since his life has been going so well lately!
The only good thing about his impending death is this: he'd be with Jesus, up in Heaven, and he'd be happy, healthy, and whole, free to run around and have races with the angels, breathe on his own without mechanical assistance, and sing/shout with joy!
Anh went to his doctor last week, and the doctor says he may have early-onset cancer of his lymph nodes. (They'd done a muscle biopsy; there were some pre-cancerous cells present.) I pray and hope not; he's already had cancer twice: he had osteosarcoma (bone cancer) when he was only six (it cost him one of his legs), and at 11, he battled leukemia (cancer of the blood). He has been trying to remain positive, but as for me, I've been an emotional basketcase!
Anh has already been through so much, and recently he and his wife, Thu, lost the baby she'd been carrying due to a miscarriage. It's like Satan is attacking Anh and Thu, and I have been on my face in constant prayer for them! (Please keep those prayers coming, saints; Anh and Thu both need a major miracle!!)
Well, I've about bent your ear long enough, so I'll go now. Besides, I'm doing everything possible not to fall asleep on the computer keyboard, or I'll have computer imprints all over my face! LOL I really need to get some sleep! I'm really exhausted! Take care, and may God bless you! Thanks in advance for the prayers for Anh and Thu; they are very appreciated!
~Love, your friend in Tennessee, Louie May. :)