Friday, February 27, 2009

Lungs and Gardens



Today we went to see the Pulmonologist (lung doctor).  I am happy to report that he thinks Ezekiel is doing very well!  He was a very nice person- I am so thankful to have such great doctors for my little man.  I had slowly weaned Ezekiel off of his diuretics (he was given those meds to keep fluid off of his lungs so he would be able to breathe well) and I was a little concerned that the doctor would be upset with me for doing so without actually asking (even though I carefully monitored his breathing and oxygen saturation and saw no change)....  But he seemed very glad that Zeke is doing perfectly fine without them!  Apparently the dosage had been way too high before anyhow (3.3ml instead of .3ml-- a typo maybe??), so it turned out to be very good that I had weaned him off.  I think I use parenthesis way too often.  Anyhow, end of story is that it was a wonderful appointment.  We also saw 4(!) people we knew from the NICU by the elevator, and they were all happy to see Ezekiel doing so well.  

Our dear friends Kyle and Sarah had to take their baby girl Aleah to the hospital this week.  She ended up being admitted on Wednesday and it looks like she will still be there through the weekend.  She is sick with some sort of viral bronchitis.  Poor little baby girl- she's on oxygen and she's not sleeping well, full of mucus, etc.  I am so sad for them.  If you're a prayer, please pray for a quick recovery and for Kyle and Sarah to not get sick (nor us!  Daniel works with Kyle). Thanks!

I am getting a horrible gardening itch.  We've never really successfully gardened but I do want to try again this year.  We've made 2 meager attempts, the first in San Angelo, Texas in an abandoned lot behind our apartment complex.  That darling little garden started out ok, and it looked super-cute.  But after a few weeks of BLAZING heat it just withered up and died.  It was really sad.  We worked so hard on it at first.  The soil was so poor and there was no way to get water out there other than hauling in in buckets.  Not to mention Daniel's insane schedule, so between all that it got neglected and died.  Our second attempt was Summer2007 (wow it was that long ago!).  We managed to get a few meager tomatoes and a couple very very small turnips (we don't even eat turnips.  Why did we plant them? I don't know).  This year I want to try again.  I'm planning to try to get started this weekend, but I haven't checked with Daniel on that yet, so I will see if he is up for it...

What should we plant?  I really don't know anything about what to plant and when to plant it. We are in south Texas so I need to figure that all out.  And then I almost feel like it's pointless to learn how to garden here because I imagine gardening in Kentucky will be very different.  But I'm sure there is still much valuable experience to be gained by starting now.  Especially if we really want to be homesteaders! :)  Which we do!

Alright I realllly need to go make another cup of coffee.  I'm dragging today.  Oh apparently in the previous post with the picture of the cloth diaper, I had the diaper on backwards.  Hmmm... 

If you read all of this you're a trooper!  :)

7 comments:

Paige said...

First of all, I must be a trooper, lol. Secondly, Ezekiel is SOOO cute! I want one! Haha...all after grad school, I know.

On the garden, I think you all would have a great time! Peppers, sweet potatoes, okra, tomatoes, and any melon will particularly thrive in the heat, so long as they get enough water. You'll have to plant things like peas and lettuce early before it gets too hot. I'll leave my phone # on Facebook--we should chat sometime and figure out your garden! I want one soooo bad! I haven't had one in years!

Sarah said...

LOL! The diaper was on backwards? Maybe that's why it leaked? Are you having any success with the cloth liners? I've never used cloth diapers on either of my children, but I would think cutting old flannel shirts into strips would work.

Kristin said...

Sarah- Yes, according to the website if you have the diaper on wrong it may leak (of course)... I haven't tried cloth liners yet- we recieved the gdiapers from a friend and they also gave us a pack of the disposable liners... so we're still using those. When we run out I think I will switch to the cloth. So far we're having a good experience and i'm starting to prefer the cloth diapers!

Paige-- thanks! I should call you today because I think this afternoon we're headed to get supplies. It's already in the mid 80's here durring the day, so I don't know if it's too late for some of the cooler weather crops..? Anyway I will talk to you later! :)

jenny mae. said...

if you go to burpee.com and find your hardiness zone, they will link you up with all of the plants you can grow there. well the ones they sell anyways :)

J. Pike said...

I love the video! He is so talkative! I am looking forward to all that with Hudson! He smiled at me for the first time today! He has always smiled in his sleep, but this time he was awake and looking at me. My heart melted. Aaaah. I love my life. =) [Josh could be home more, but you know what I mean].

Melissa said...

Hi...I got your message comment the other day and your message today. Sorry I didn't comment back sooner. We are planning on coming next weekend...really looking forward to it! I'm glad I'm not the only one who has tried to garden with little to no success :). Hope this time goes better. Practice makes perfect.

Luanne in Ohio said...

Ezekiel -

You are so handsome in the video. And you talk so well! I can tell you are a little man who will have lots to say; which is good, since you are a future President of the U.S.A. I love you!

Love, Grandma in Ohio

P.S. I'm making some yummy chicken soup from your Mommy's recipe. The broth has to simmer all night long.