Saturday, June 06, 2009

Blessings of Modern Life


Summer has arrived in its typical fashion again this year...I found myself in the same place as about this same time last year...

.::::enter HUGE frowny face here::::

All the children came home with colds on the last day of school, and by the 1st of June, Pip had a horrible fever~ 104.1, that I couldn't keep down with tylenol & motrin....we were off to the hospital, and found she had pneumonia. Her right upper lobe was solid white on the xray, so into the tent she went, and boy did she hate the first few hours of it. Once I got in with her, she didn't mind it too much.. Along with the oxygen, it also had a mister and pump...felt like Florida in a snowstorm~ but it really worked well to keep her fever down, and open her lungs. She is on her way back to her peppy Pippy self, and I must admit, we definitely would not be in this situation without modern medicine.

Ironically, I am reading a 'Midwife's Tale' by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich...a wonderful study of Martha Ballard's diary she kept between 1785-1812~ she was a midwife living in Hallowell, Maine(one of my favorite places in this earth). All the while reading it, thinking so many lives would have been saved with simple aspirin and antibiotics.....I wonder how our history would have been changed if they had been developed a few centuries earlier? As much as I love the 18th century styles and fashion and simple way of life....I am forever grateful for living in 'today'.
Pip and I got home about 9pm last night~ she still has her IV port in her arm for her antibiotic treatments up at hospital the next few days....but fever is gone and it has lifted her just being back to a familiar place. It was so absolutely wonderful to wake up hearing the birds chirping outside, a gentle breeze blowing the curtains in the bedroom, and look what bloomed while we were away!

Peonies are my favorite flower in the whole world, my Mom planted this one for me a few years ago, and it has never so much as even peeked up thru the ground...not a sliver of an inch! But this year, it and 5 others have decided it was time to grow, and grow they did!

I am admittedly so far behind in everything, not just my emails and online doings~ if I owe you an invoice or an email ~ Ill be getting to all those later this evening when when I get things a bit more under control. May we all, and you all, have a Blessed & Happy summer this year!

5 comments:

......Thimblefolk.......Barb McNamara said...

Hi Rachael....poor little Pip. I'm glad she is home and doing well. What a way to start the summer.

Your peonies are beautiful.

Hugs,
Barb

Heather said...

Poor little Pip! So glad she's on the mend. My little one had a 'small case' of this in february...we were so afraid she had RSV. Im so thankful we dont live back in olden times during situations like that...as much as I admire those times...children's motrin and antibiotics are even better!

Julie said...

I am so glad little Pip is getting better, and I to am also so greatful for modern medicines and conveniences.
Julie

Lana said...

Awww, not again! I hope your babies have a wonderful rest of the summer.

Wasn't A Midwife's Tale such an interesting story? I found a copy several years ago in my favorite junk store and loved it!

The Paisley Studio/Sarah McNamara said...

How did I miss this? Barb didn't even tell me . . . I hope your little pip is all better now. Tell her I send my best.

Peonies are my favorite flowers, too! They are fussy things -- don;t like to be buried too deep or moved around -- but worth the effort.

Enjoy the summer, oh great Queen of Teeny Tiny. I'll try to keep up with your posts!

Sarah