Friday, November 6, 2009


Hey everybody, hope life is treating everyone well. Thought I'd give a little update.

Asthma has re-emerged in our house on the coat tails of Fall and illness. Parker made it through soccer season without a hitch thankfully, but he had quite an attack early this week. We have up'd his preventative inhaler to twice a day and changed his rescue inhaler from Albuterol to Xopenex, which seems to work better for him. A 7 day steroid to help his lungs recover and we are all breathing much easier. Both of our kids have asthma that is triggered by illness and allergies that flare in the spring and the fall. Meadow is also on a preventative medicine that we do morning and night through the nebulizer starting right before spring, and in the fall. As I sat in the lobby of the Asthma/Allergy office waiting to be seen on Monday and feeling a little anxious because Parker's breathing was a little labored and he sounded like an accordion, a mother of a severely handicapped little boy (about 8?) came in to be seen. As they sat down, she wrestled with the child who was obviously distressed about being there and was shouting repeatedly E and M, and a E and a M and a E and a M!! Parker watched the scene and then looked up at me.

Me: "That must be a very difficult thing, huh."
Parker: "Yes, that must be very hard. Hard for him. It would be hard not to be able to talk."
Me: "Yes, it would be."

As I considered all of the different things that people are called to endure and are currently enduring, I know that we are blessed despite the challenges life brings us. And that in fact, life isn't supposed to be easy. There was an excellent testimony given last Sunday with the same message and it has been running through my head all week.

Adversity by Henry B. Eyring, May 2009 Ensign

"I bear you my testimony that God the Father lives. He set a course for each of us that can polish and perfect us to be with Him. I testify that the Savior lives. His Atonement makes possible our being purified as we keep His commandments and our sacred covenants. And I know from my own experience that He can and will give us strength to rise through every trial. President Monson is the Lord’s prophet. He holds all the keys of the priesthood. This is the Lord’s true Church in which we are, with Him, lifting each other and being blessed to succor the fellow sufferers He places in our way. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.


Totally unrelated and heathen in comparison: The new CD by the Avett Brothers "I and love and you" is phenomenal!! We seriously listened to it three times in a row and highly recommend it. We are going to see them in concert on New Years in Asheville. Squeal!! I am so excited!! Their concert sold out in 15 minutes. We actually didn't get tickets but we know a couple that did and now they are not able to go so we bought theirs. Side note: On ebay, the tickets are going for $200+ each. Listen to the songs here.


At the drive through window the other day:

Older lady working in the window: "Here you are young lady."

Me: "Thank you."

Parker: "Mom, why did that lady call you a YOUNG lady?"

Me: "To her, I am young lady, because she is a Grandma."

Parker: "Well, to me, you are old."



Mim said...

What a great post! Thanks for sharing your positive outlook.

melissa said...

I needed that adversity thought. Thanks. It turns out I also needed that music. I finally followed your direct order and listened to them. It reminded me of sipping hot cocoa in a lodge in Asheville in the fall. Awesome. Hope Parker feels better!

Heather said...

Thanks girls!

Yeay Melissa!!! So glad you enjoyed them! I agree, they are exactly as you described :)

HayHay said...

What a good boy, to notice the pain of others. I also appreciated the thought on adversity. Heavenly Father is giving each of us opportunities to become more like him.

About the Asthma... Jake just got diagnosed with that. When he gets a simple cold, he sounds terrible!They've started him on singular and clariton. If that doesn't work, we're going to try the inhaler. How has that been? DO you think they will grow out of it?
Lov you cousin!

Heather McKeon said...

I can definitely feel Parker and Meadow's pain - I too have illness induced asthma. Pretty much everytime I get sick it turns into bronchitis. In fact I have bronchitis now. It's awesome.

And let me also add that to me you are old! I mean we may be siamese twins joined at the purse string but you are older than me, so there.

Gail said...

Thanks for the website for the music. Love it! Love your blog too!