Saturday, September 29, 2012

A Rough Week.

Hello Ava friends! Ava is battling a cold. It started with a cough on Monday. We started her Albuterol inhaler right away. By Monday night the cough had gotten much worse. I took her to the doctor Tuesday and was told it was probably just a virus as nothing looked infected. Wednesday morning Ava woke with a fever. I called her doctor again and she prescribed an antibiotic. By Thursday Ava was looking very bad.  Her eyes were dark and she was very tired. Her oxygen levels were running between 96-99. Not too bad but also not normal for Ava. However with a cold anyone can run a little low. Once again we took her to the doctor and she said Bronchitis. “Lovely!”  I worry extra with her as we know things can go from bad to worse in just one day. I called her Pulmonologist in Iowa City and they told me to start her on her Prednisone. (This is a very high dose of Steroids. It helps get rid of the swelling and inflammation in the lungs.) Friday afternoon she finally started to feel better. Her eyes perked up and her smile returned. She is still coughing but it is getting better. Her oxygen stats are still not normal but I hope soon they would be better as well.

Here she was on Thursday.



She’s been out of school since Monday. She is missing her friends… yep you heard that right! We’ve been keeping up with her homework. She loves doing it at home.

She always keep me guessing.

She got a huge thrill today when we got the mail. A package was addressed to her. It was from the “Card Cupids”. I’m not sure who sent in Ava’s name but we THANK YOU for Blessing her day. It was perfect timing today! The cards were from people all around the world. They were gorgeous cards. All special and unique with wonderful messages inside. If you haven’t heard of this nonprofit group please go check them out! Here are a few of the cards she got.

And here was the collection of all of the cards.

                                                    Thank you, Nancy from South Dakota.

                                                         Thank you, Lori from Maryland.

Thank you, Gina from Tennessee.

Thank you, Kittie from Arizona.

Thank you, Marilyn from Virginia

                                                        Thank you, Kittie from Arizona.

Thank you, Michele in Utah

Thank you, Susan from Georgia.

Thank you, Debbie from Kentucky.

Thank you, Hattie from South Carolina

Thank you, Mary from California.

Thank you, Karen from Tennessee.

Thank you, Sharon from Michigan

THANK you everyone. What a beautiful lovely gift... all these wonderful creative cards. We will cherish these forever!!


Please keep little Ava in your thoughts and prayers. We are hoping she is over the worst. We love that her smile is back. With school it is so hard to keep the germs away. The steroids she is on makes her immune system very slow and non-existent. Her teacher informed us that the stomach flu had hit her class. So we want her immune system in check before sending her back. Thanks everyone for your thoughts and prayers. She needs them!



Cindy said...

Poor girl, I hope she feels better soon. And avoids the stomach bug!

Claire and I have also had bronchitis this week, and are both having a hard time shaking it. Actually Claire has had it longer than me, and is on an antibiotic. If she's not better by Monday I'm taking her back to the doctor and suggesting some of the treatments you mentioned that Ava is doing.

Karen said...

Hi Ava,
Thanks for taking the time to pose for all those pictures. You look beautiful in every one!
Card Cupid Karen
from Tennessee

Michele Cunningham said...

Hi Ava,
I'm so glad you liked the card I sent you. You are such a pretty girl and I hope you are feeling better.
Card Cupid Michele
from Utah :)