Monday, August 6, 2012


Saturday, August 4th, 2012

Out at the pool, ready for swimming,
AFTER the excitement.
There's a saying that the Lord watches out for fools and children.  Well, I'm the fool, Aaron is the child, and I'm grateful that He watches out for us.  We've been down in sunny Arizona (which isn't actually much warmer than Utah right now) for the past week.  I kept thinking I really needed to get Aaron out in the pool (his feet anyway) ever since we got here.  But in the morning before the sun was too high, and in the evening after it set, I was just too busy (read "lazy") to get it done.  Since we head home on Monday and we don't swim on Sunday, today's the day. 

The now DEAD scorpion
I fed him breakfast a little earlier than normal so it could settle and we could get outside.  Was still feeling lazy.  But about 45 minutes after his feed ended, I got antsy and decided that it was time to stop procrastinating.  Got my swimsuit, went into his room, and started getting things switched around.  Everything was almost done, he was in the stroller, and then I went to pick up his ventilator and put it on the stroller. 

YIKES!  As I picked up the handle, my heart stopped and my voice screamed, "MOM!!!"  There it was, a pale-colored 2 inch creature, creeping over the top of the vent bag and towards the CRIB!  I have to admit, in the back of my mind, there has been the worry of one of these creatures getting near Aaron. 

Mom came quickly, along with a couple of the boys.  The problem with flicking it off the vent so that it could be crushed was we that were afraid we'd lose it in the cords, equipment, and general stuff in the room.  So Dad was called in.  About that time, the scorpion decided it was done with all the excitement and looked for a place to hide:  right INSIDE the vent bag. 

David bagging Aaron, and
doing a great job!
Dad asked if there was anyway to take Aaron off the vent, so we hooked up the ambu bag, turned him over to David to bag him, and I unhooked the circuit.  They took the vent outside, found the beast, killed him, and we got it back inside and together.

Through it all, Aaron just hung out.  LOVE that PEEP valve on his bag.  It keeps the pressures open and even in his lungs so he doesn't even notice it's the bag instead of the vent.  And now David knows that if needed, he can bag his little brother. 
Tonight, Grampa and the boys are going scorpion hunting with a blacklight.  They're kind of excited about it.  I'm just grateful we found the creature. 

Mostly, I'm so grateful for promptings.  I thought it was weird the way I went from trying to put it off longer, mostly 'cause I just didn't want to move to getting up and moving along.  I refuse to think about what would have happened if we hadn't found that beast.  I just can't do that.

Thus saith the Lord God: I will give unto the children of men line upon line, precept upon precept,
here a little and there a little; and blessed are those who hearken unto my precepts,
and lend an ear unto my counsel, for they shall learn wisdom.
2 Nephi 28:30

1 comment:

  1. Amazing. That is such a tender mercy. A huge one!! Sooo scary, for any child, but especially for our extra special little breathing boys. How is Aaron? How r u? AZ?!! I'm so proud of u. Can't wait to hear more about your traveling adventures, tricks, packing etc etc. Pax has been in hospital but hopefully home in a day or two. GI bug, dehydrated, etc. we now have a GJ, boo, his nissen came undone. Boo again. But on the men's. Always learning new things. Hugs sista!