After… Then What?

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After… Then What?

After worship last week, I planned to make cookies for Vacation Bible School. Instead, I took Madilynn to the Emergency Room due to an allergic reaction.

After the Emergency Room, I messaged the few people in the short window of time in which I had no control over Madilynn’s environment. In a matter of minutes, I narrowed down the great big West Texas environment to a first-time exposure to peanuts.

After settling this matter, I finally made the cookies. I already make cookies egg and peanut free for Dietrich. These cookies now became the only ones either of my children could eat at VBS.

Vacation Bible School is enjoyable to me, even as an adult helping teach the children. Less enjoyable was dealing with Madilynn’s mood and sleep disturbances caused by the steroids prescribed by the ER doctor. About thirty minutes to an hour after taking the medication, she would become inconsolable or hyper. This made a filled week longer.

After VBS, after the medication, we went for a follow up with our new doctor. We have new insurance. I attempted to take care of adding the doctor before the appointment, but something did not work and we waited about an hour for that to get cleared up before we finally saw the doctor. After he declared her healthy and said he’d call in an epi pen and set up an allergist referral, we went home.

IMG_1415This week, I feel as though I left part of my brain at the ER. I am exhausted. I forget everything. IMG_1406I still haven’t managed to go pick up the new epi pens (we have some already. I wanted an additional set in the event we have to use them). As I thought about this one-word challenge, I recalled how often in life we focus on the future rather than living in the moment.

  • Things will be better after we move.
  • After we get our household goods, things will calm down.
  • After potty training…
  • After school years…
  • After ….

Even worse, all the times I say, “Wait until after I finish…” Truly nothing is more important than my children and I do care for all their basic needs. I do not always respond in patience to the dozens of “watch this” or “look at this” when it’s the same thing over and over. They will only be in my home for a little while. They are on loan to me from God and after I send them off into the world, they need to have the skills to overcome the world.

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12 thoughts on “After… Then What?

  1. Stacey Gannett

    So glad that your daughter is feeling better. Oh yes, sometimes patience is out the window, but love and guidance are the best gifts that we can give. Have a great week!
    Stacey Gannett recently posted…I Didn’t Listen!My Profile

    1. growin49_wp

      Thank you for that encouragement! Now if only the referral process would hurry up.

  2. Mary Hill

    Sorry for the tough time with your daughter. We all get inpatient and tired, but we are their moms. They love us regardless. 🙂

    1. growin49_wp

      It is true. I am reminded of that throughout the hard days when they just to be with me. I know they won’t always want to snuggle, so I cherish these moments, even when they come in the middle of other crises (because don’t they always?)

  3. Rabia @TheLiebers

    Whew! Sounds like quite a busy week, but it sounds like you were able to keep things in perspective! Hope things calm down soon!
    Rabia @TheLiebers recently posted…16 Things to do After the Kids go to BedMy Profile

    1. growin49_wp

      Busy but good. Things are never too calm with kiddos!

  4. Lisa @ The Golden Spoons

    We are having VBS this week! I am currently on staff at our church in an interim position and, as such, I am in charge of overseeing VBS. I have great volunteers, but it is still exhausting. I cannot imagine throwing in a trip to the ER and lack of sleep in to the equation. I definitely need the reminder about living in the moment this week!
    Lisa @ The Golden Spoons recently posted…I Will Always Cheer Them OnMy Profile

    1. growin49_wp

      Lack of sleep is normal… ER is not. Feeling completely stupid as a result, I could do without! Good luck this week!

  5. Janine Huldie

    So true and I do this too often myself with thinking ahead instead of living in the moment. Thanks for the reminder here today of how precious life and our kids really are.
    Janine Huldie recently posted…9 Things I Would Pretend I Never Did for My Kids’ SakeMy Profile

    1. growin49_wp

      It’s an easy trap to fall into! Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Steph

    What a scary discovery! Thank you for sharing your story.
    Steph recently posted…Life-Saving Bubbles {Part 1}My Profile

    1. growin49_wp

      It was scary, but better to know now. Thank you for stopping by!

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