Mi Hijos

Mi Hijos

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

A Valentine's to Remember

February 14, 2015 Will be a day I will never forget.  It all started the night before when Derly, our 11 year old, was playing indoor soccer.  She was having a great game, a little more tired than normal, but they were playing with 2 less girls, so it made sense.  At one point during the game she looked at me with a concerned expression, I vividly remember giving her a thumbs up sign and she smiled back.  The game ended and Derly seemed ok.  No complaints thus far.  The next morning she woke up and we headed to a ladies breakfast at church.  She was a little tired but what kids aren't on Saturday am after a dance and soccer game the night before.  After the brunch we headed to Jhon's basketball game where she let me know that she was having abdominal pain. (Right lower quadrant to be specific).  I asked her when did it start and she said during the soccer game and throughout the night her pain was 9/10.  Because of her past, she has always had to be stoic about her pain and therefore rarely complains of pain.  After my nurse assessment I was nearly positive it was her appendix.  Off to the emergency room we went, IV, blood work and a CT scan: diagnosis of appendicitis.  At 8pm we learned she would be having her appendix out that night.  Because of a brutal snow storm that night (an epic one that canceled church in the am) Jim missed seeing her before surgery but arrived safely when she still in surgery.  Everything happened so fast once they made the decision to operate that night.  I am very thankful he prayed with her before we went to the hospital.  Her surgery went amazing and her appendix was very inflamed and thankfully did not rupture.   Derly spent the night in the hospital.  I was so thankful for a handmade blanket she received from a church in the community,.  "Jesus loves you" was stitched on the blanket and Derly carries it everywhere.  She is bringing it with her to school tomorrow for pajama day.  She also received a care box from The Jared Box (http://thejaredbox.com/)  What an amazing ministry to help kids hospital stays.  She used everything in the box and was able to take it with her at discharge.  Her recovery was slower than expected, come to find out she has Mono as well.  The ER MD ordered the test and we found out later in the week that she also tested positive for mono.  This explained her slow recovery, also, no gym or sports for a month due to risk of spleen injury from the mono.  She went back to school half days last week and started with full days this week.  I am so thankful to all the prayers she received, cards given, care packages sent.  It made her day a lot brighter and encouraged my heart as well.  She meticulously hung each card she received on the wall where she spent most of her days so she could see them throughout the day.  She is a deep thinker and she talked about what would have happened if this happened in Colombia.  She is very realistic and also very thankful God was watching over her this whole time.  We talked about how He knew when she was 11yo that she'd be in PA and would need her appendix out and that He would take care of her.  I am proud of my little girl and am honored He chose me to be her mom and care for her.  This whole experience has brought us even closer as mother and daughter.  The following week we enjoyed a wonderful visit with Meg and Alex.  They left for South Africa this last week and we will see them again in about 3 years.  My heart aches and yet is joyful for them and their choosing to follow Christ no matter the cost.  Estefania has mentioned more than once she wants to be a missionary.  God is preparing my heart now for that time. 

 Daddy daughter dance 2.13.15
 Derly's Favorite Blanket
 Thank you Aunt Denise!!!
 Me and my baby-sister Meg
 Prospero loved feeling his cousin kick
 The boys took on a game, go Penn State
After Meg and Alex left, Prospero cuddled up with the South African flag that they gave us.