Mary and David both went to the temple for the first time ten days ago in preparation for their missions. It was an incredible experience, especially to have two receiving those special blessings at the same time.
It reminded me in so many ways of 21 years ago (can't believe it's been that long!) when my brother and sister, Richard and Mara, did the same thing at the Salt Lake Temple.
|In his stander
He and I are the only ones in the whole house who haven't been sick in the weeks since Christmas. William caught some kind of respiratory illness, but not the flu. Deborah got influenza. Thankfully, she got the vaccine so it wasn't as bad as it could have been. Then, the rest have been passing around a lovely stomach virus, over and over again. Knock on wood, I think everyone is finally healthy again. (But I'm saying that very, very softly.)
Aaron and I went to Riverton on Monday to see his cardiologist and to Salt Lake on Wednesday for his new brace. He got a good review from Dr. M who said that while it's not time to close his VSD yet, they will be watching carefully for when the window does open. And he also reassured me that there are many people who live a long time with a VSD and pulmonary hypertension as long as it is well-controlled, and Aaron's is. What a blessing. This is a doctor with whom we have felt very comfortable from the beginning. Incredibly knowledgeable and also very compassionate. I would recommend him without reservation to anyone.
|Hanging out at Shriners, blowing bubbles
|Wearing his "sock" that goes under the brace.
In contrast, on Wednesday, it was a balmy 37 degrees. I NEVER thought I'd think 37 was warm, but after Monday, it was downright comfortable!
|"Hey, got a question over here."
|Front half of the brace.
This time at Shriners was happier for Aaron. He was waaaay exhausted. He'd stayed up all night, taken a half-hour nap at 8 a.m. and then was up until about half-way through our 1:00 p.m. appointment.
It took a long time (2 hours) to get the brace fitted correctly. They'd put it on him, measure and then go to cut a little, refit, remeasure and so on. Each time, he'd fall asleep while they were gone. But each time, he woke up happy when it was time to try again.
|The brace. Notice the directional notation
It's supposed to help keep me from
trying to put it on upside down.
Yeah, I'd do that, really.
Actually, he's been grounded again this winter. I wasn't going to do this unless he started getting sick. But with all the flu and RSV out there, we decided to make a preemptive strike and limit his exposure to necessary doctor's visits. Frankly, the thought of him catching either scares me to death, because they could very likely cause HIS death. Just not something I want to even think about.
|Playing inside while others shovel and sled outside.
So with snow, illness, school, homeschool, temple trips, doctor's visits and the craziness that comes when trying to get a son out on his mission in two weeks, life has been very full. Very full, very fulfilling, and very happy.