Monday, January 31, 2011

I've made some additional entries at
I wonder if any of you have seen the additions? I access the internet via AOL and sometimes don't get all the additions when I click my favorites and then the link. I don't think any of you use AOL, so you may not experience anything like that. I can get the additions by using Internet Explorer, but I don't really know how to navigate there very well yet. Incidently, I found something interesting while fumbling around. The site sometimes is listed along with others similar and includes a statement about its origin if you Google dontsaygoodbye. Makes me wonder who would have made the reference to an urban legend etc.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Adelaide Marie

Adelaide Marie was born on January 14, 2011 at 12:30 am. She was 8 lb 15 oz. Thankfully for me it was a very fast delivery but it was by no means easy! :) She is a beautiful baby girl and we are all very happy she is finally here.

She was kept in the hospital for a couple days after birth due to high bilirubin levels. She was sent home on a bili blanket which uses UV rays to help the body breakdown the bilirubin into an excretable form. Her levels rose again to the high risk level a day later and has been admitted to the Children's Hospital in town.

She not only is dealing with the typical Jaundice that every newborn faces, but also has an ABO blood incompatability. I have O- blood and she has A-, apparently our blood intermixed in the umbilical cord and my blood started producing antibodies to her blood which then circulated through her system. The antibodies in her blood are destroying more red blood cells which makes the levels of bilirubin much higher than a normal jaundiced baby.

Since being in the hospital and on intensive phototherapy her levels have gone up and down, not quite remaining stable. This afternoon they put her on an IV in the hopes that the extra fluid in her system will help her flush out the bilirubin faster.

Please pray for her fast and safe recovery and for the strength of our family!!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Leigh, Jon and Felicity are in their new home in Kalamazoo. Jon works at Borgess Hospital as a nurse and is 4 min. from home. Their new address is: 3821 Grandessa Dr., Kalamazoo, MI 49048.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

I read recently that Gerry Rafferty had died. I think he was 64. Most of you reading this may never have heard of him. His biggest hit was "Baker Street". Chances are that even if you didn't know the artist, you heard the music. Although the lyrics weren't especially memorable, the instrumental music was exceptional and was played many, many times on the air. Other songs of his were on "City To City", an album Megan gave me. She put part of one of them, "Right Down the Line" on what she showed at our 50th anniversary dinner. I have cassette tapes I made over the years of lots of songs from various albums, and recently have been playing some of them in Mom's room. She hasn't spoken for many months, and two lines from another Rafferty song moisten my eyes. They'll do it again as I write:
"Whatever's written in your heart, that's all that matters.
You'll find a way to say it all some day."