This month has been a rather eventful month, to say the least. Having said that, the last five or six days (Saturday, 26 September – Wednesday, 30 September) have made up the bulk of said “events.”
Okay, before anybody gets too worked, let me explain the title a little. For the past three days, Lily has been running a fever. However, she had maintained a steady temperature of around 101° F (38° C). At about 6pm last night, after waking from an afternoon nap, we took her temperature and discovered that her temperature was now at a rather scary 103.5° F (40° C). Apparently, once the temperature starts get up to around 104° F – 105° F (40° C – 41° F), you’re getting in to seizure territory, which is dangerous enough for adults. When you start talking about infants having seizures, you’re talking serious risk of permanent brain damage. So we naturally made a couple of phone calls to Jaime, Jennifer’s sister, Cindy, Jennifer’s mother (and a Registered Nurse at Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) Hospital) and Alison, Jennifer’s best friend (and the local WIC co-ordinator at the Health Department). After hearing pretty much the same thing from all three of them (“Take her to the Emergency Room! She might have Swine Flu!”), we bundled up our ailing daughter and drove straight to the ARH Hospital Emergency Room.
As mentioned in a previous blog, my wife and I recently purchased and fitted some a couple of new bowling balls. My wife got a 14lb Hammer Jigsaw, which is the latest ball from Hammer. Meanwhile, I purchased a 15lb Brunswick Siege, the latest ball from Brunswick. We were gonna take our balls to the same guys that had done all our drilling since we started bowling here, but they kinda sounded like they were a little busy, so we ended up going down to Pikeville, KY to get it done. I have to say, that was the smartest decision I’ve made in regards to bowling. Norman really did a good job of fitting me and took the time to make sure the fit was comfortable. There are still a few small issues with lateral pitch in the thumb (I think I need a little more to the right, or is it left?), but its nothing to complain about. I’ll just get them fixed the next time I get a ball fitted.
It’s funny that we often laugh at the things children say. We laugh because a lot of the time, the things children say are either way out of context or are just plain hilarious. Listening to a child explain the wonders of Christmas to us, or even having them explaining the meaning of life can be so revealing.
While watching my daughter, Lilyana, grow up, I’ve become acutely aware of just how much she has been teaching me, not just about myself, but also of the world around us and how we see it. I think there are many lessons to be learned from our children. I think as parents, or even as grown ups, we lose sight of just how insignificant some of the things we stress about really are.
Well, much has happened in the last month. I have completed my 4 – 6 week contract with Frontier Nursing Services (FNS) and have just been offered another 250 hours of work. That is going to keep the coffers well stocked for the next couple of months, at least. On top of that, a friend of mine has also offered me a pretty good sized contract doing so work for a local company called Kentucky River Community Care (KRCC) and a new contact in Wisconsin has offered me a little work as well. Needless to say, I have my hands full right now. At this point, I don’t know exactly what I’ll be doing for KRCC, but from what I’m told it should keep me pretty busy. I believe there is another contract on the way for local church, so the possibility of being in our own house/apartment/trailer/dwelling in the very near future is a very real one.