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Bad Start to February

Mom fell ill early on Wednesday, February 1st. She was admitted to St. Francis Hospital with a serious UTI (urinary tract infection) that turned into sepsis (blood poisoning). She was extremely sick and after tests determined that the infection had reached her heart valves, she was sent to the LTAC (Long Term Acute Care) at Pawnee and Rock Road where they could provide and monitor the long-term IV antibiotic that she needs. She will be there until approximately March 18, assuming she gets better. At this point, she seems to have given up. She's not eating much, and sleeps the majority of the time. We're hoping that as the infection clears up she will get better, but it's in God's hands right now.

Then Friday, March 17, Mike was admitted to St. Francis Hospital (yes, I'm getting sick of that place!) He had fluid on his stomach, and originally went in for outpatient surgery to drain the fluid. They admitted him due to some kidney problems. Yesterday he was told he could home as soon as they found the right "cocktail" of medication for him. I'm not sure what the long-term prognosis is, but he was released late this afternoon.

As you can well imagine, this has been a rough time. Having just returned to work on Monday, January 30th from my 2 week work trip to Florida, I then missed Wednesday through Friday that week - staying with mom all day at the hospital. She was so confused and I just couldn't leave her. I've since returned to work full time, with long lunches or late arrivals to spend time with mom. With our huge new advertising system project going on, I can't afford to miss much work. We've got a lot of work to do, and not much time to get it done.

I got our taxes done today. Thankfully we are getting almost enough back from federal to pay state. Kaitlin is getting enough back from federal to get new rear brakes on her truck, which she desperately needs.

We are headed to Manhattan next Sunday to see Kaleb. We haven't seen him since Christmas, so we need a "Kaleb fix"!!!!


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