Monday, September 15, 2008

Ryder Cup, Ike and Emily's Backslide

This week, Louisville is hosting the Ryder Cup (a large golfing event, I think). Normally this would not make a difference in my life, and to tell you the truth, it still doesn't, but for Louisville it is a huge deal! For the past few months this event has been advertised and promoted to the hilt. There are many celebrities who will be here and the red carpet treatment has been prepared for all who qualify.

Why am I mentioning this, you may ask...well Ike is why. For the past week we have all heard how Ike was coming and the effect that it was supposed to have on Texas. Many have evacuated and many more have been on alert to send help and supplies. Little did we know the impact that Ike would make. Here in Kentucky, Ike did some great damage. They are calling it the worst storm in 30 years. There are 500,000 people who don't have power and some will not regain power for two weeks. Needless to say, schools have been closed in many counties and many businesses are closed. The town where we live, has been hit pretty hard and the better half of the city is without power.

As you can tell, I am one of the ones who were blessed to be missed by the power outage. I know that Dawn would have loved to have the day off of work, but that is not the case. Instead of relaxing and enjoying the quiet that comes from no electricity, I am doing laundry, dishes and making beds while Dawn is slaving away on her computer doing what she does so well.

The Governor and the Mayor of Louisville are on the television explaining all that they are doing to restore power and bring a sense of normalcy to a devastated area. The airport is up and running, although some smaller airports are working on generator and some fuel pumps are not currently working (so planes can come, but they can't leave). The Ryder Cup will go on and Louisville will be working day and night to make sure that everything is up and running to make it a success.

The local power company sent trucks and contractors to Texas in order to prepare for what they knew was going to happen. These contractors are on their way back to KY, but until then, work is going to be delayed.

Now for the news that you have all been waiting to hear! We have been having some challenges with Emily. We are unsure what the situation is yet and I am hoping to get in touch with the Neurologist today. I called him last Friday to get the results of the MRI test and he was out of the office for the day. It is good that I didn’t talk to him last week, because over the weekend, Emily has been having seizures. Never having experienced these before, Dawn and I are a little freaked out, as you can imagine. She will be lying on the floor or the couch happy as can be one minute and then she points her arms and legs out and begins shaking. Sometimes she will scream until she is picked up, which makes us believe that they scare her also. For the past few nights she has been sleeping through the night, so we have had her in our room. Last night she woke up at 3:30 shaking and screaming. It wasn’t a cry, it was a scream! Dawn jumped out of bed and picked her up and she calmed down right away. As of right now, we are uncertain of what the issue is. Hopefully the doctor will have some answers for us. I am thinking that she has outgrown her dose of the seizure medication, because we have not increased it since we changed the medication about four months ago.

On a more positive note, tomorrow is our 13th wedding anniversary. A few ladies from the church are coming over to babysit while Dawn and I go out for dinner tonight. I have to call around to make sure that the restaurant that we will be going to has power. I would hate to travel all the way there and find an empty parking lot. I am sure that our minds will not be on each other as much as they normally would during this occasion, but I am sure we will enjoy the time away just the same. We will have our cell phone in case we need to call and make sure things are going alright and they can call us if anything happens that we need to know about.

Through it all, God is in control! He knows what He is doing and we have faith and trust in Him to care for Emily better than we ever could. He is the ultimate healer and if He desires, she will completely recover from these episodes. It might be as simple as increasing her medication.

We’ll keep you posted!


Stephanie's Mommy Brain said...

Wow! Praying for y'all!

On a lighter note, Dawn, at what point did you wake up in your dash to get Emily? = ) I know I can be deep asleep one minute and the next I'm in a bedroom holding a crying child without ever making a conscious decision to get out of bed. Sounds like your mommy reflexes are working well! = )

Stephanie's Mommy Brain said...

I forgot to say Happy Anniversary! To a couple of great old married people!!

13 years! Wow!! What do the "teen" years feel like? = )

Auntie Lisa said...

I know this sounds redundant, but try to focus on each other on your 13th!


Enjoy your dinner, Emily will still be Emily tomorrow. I wish I were there to babysit. My eyes are green with envy. Go enjoy each others love and company.