Thursday, April 30, 2009

Anatomy Lesson

Krista had her IVIG dose today. This was the first time without an existing line. She was pretty nervous when it came time to put the temporary line in, but I prayed over her while it went in and she later said that it barely hurt at all.

The boys watched as she got the IV put in and the blood drawn. They were really interested in what was going on and didn't think it was gross at all. I decided to turn it into a homeschool learning moment. They helped me take the specimen to the lab, and we talked about the different parts of the blood and how they separate the parts by spinning the test tubes. When we got home, we pulled out the kids anatomy book to show them the arteries and veins, and how the heart pumps blood throughout the body. We even worked in a game/experiment to show them how hard the heart works every minute. And Tom found a website that had some good descriptions of the arteries leading to the heart. By the way, Krista's labs came back good on everything, though the bilirubin level was a little on the high side (it goes up and down periodically).

I had to go in to work in the afternoon. While I was gone, Tom cut up some of the baseboard I haven't been able to get to, and it's ready to be nailed in maybe tomorrow. The Bramsons brought a chicken casserole that tasted like fried chicken -- how did they do that? God bless you all for helping. All little things to do around here can feel really overwhelming at times.

From heaven the LORD looks down
and sees all mankind;
from his dwelling place He watches
all who live on earth -
He who forms the hearts of all,
who considers everything they do.
(Psalm 33:13-15)

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