"He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm,
and carry them close to his heart, and shall gently lead those that are with young." Isaiah 40:11

Saturday, March 19, 2011

We made it...we're home!

We made it home! Everything went well until near Medicine Hat. Rachel had a really bad spell and it seemed like forever until she pulled out of it...about 45 minutes.  She didn't give us much warning.  All of a sudden she started crying as if to say "something is really not okay with me".  I said to Dave, "I think she wants out of the car seat." and as I took her out, she went stiff and then very limp.  She was not fighting this spell at all this time - she was extremely still, except for her hard breathing.  And her skin was so clammy and cold.  We had to pull the van over and Dave had to crawl into the little space in the back to help with the drugs.  This was exactly what I didn't want to happen on this trip - and yet I think we were both pretty calm.  I continued to hold her towards the end of her spell while Dave drove.  The kids were wining about various things in the beginning, but I noticed later that they were very quiet in the last half of Rachel's spell.  They knew something was wrong but they didn't see Rachel so they didn't really know what was happening. (some of you ask about how the older two do with these spells) Eventually (after 5 doses of fentanyl) she pulled out and she slept the rest of the way. 

It's so good to be in our home with her right now.  (and not in the middle of no-where!) And I am so thankful that we did the trip when we did and that God gave our family some beautiful days to enjoy her and show her off. Thank-you everyone for encouraging and prodding us to do this trip! And for praying for us.


On God's path said...

Hello there lovely little family. I am so glad that your trip went well over all. Especially the fact that the spell waited until you were away from the family. Many prayers were said for you and your family on Wednesday as I quickly updated everyone on how things were going for with the the chicken pox and travelling. You are in my prayers.

Anonymous said...

It was so good to see you all, I'm so thankful that our whole family was able to spend some time together with rachel too. It must have been really scary to deal with rachel's spell, but I'm so glad you were close to home. Sounds like you handled it really well. Love you, miss you already! Jen

Anonymous said...


God is faithful!

In my thoughts!

Brenda Funk said...

It was so great to see all of you at 'home'!! Rachel was such a joy, smiling and beaming on us all -- lovely to watch her develop and play and laugh. She may have a short life, but she is having a good life. Ethan and Abigail are also so amazing -- growing up so fast. Today our house is very very quiet and empty. Although we are going to enjoy a very good dinner nap today. Hope you get to do the same -- Love MOM

Kathy and Carl said...

God was protecting you while on the road and praise Him for the peace you had to do what needed to be done when Rachel had her spell. Glad that you arrived home safely, and that you could enjoy a family trip to MB.

Carol Taves said...

I'm so glad that you were able to do this trip, and thankful that you all made it through Rachel's spell intact (on the outside, at least). I continue to pray for all of you.

Anonymous said...

What lovely descriptions of time spent with family. I'm so glad you've been able to store up more wonderful memories!