Tuesday, July 31, 2012


...confession. I did not even know how to spell that word four days ago. Now it consumes 98% of my phone calls, texts, thoughts, and time.
This is actually my second post on this topic. I typed out one but didn't publish it. It was nice to type and not have to worry about complaining too much or being overly angry. Which honestly, did consume much of the post.
So anyway, here's round 2.
My baby sister has Meningitis. Sweet, tiny, 12 year old Addie.
My favorite person in the entire world.
Just a quick recap:
Addie had been complaining of really bad headaches about a week ago. My mom took her to KPA, they told her to sleep more and to stop drinking cokes. They also gave her a prescription for potential ear infection that they thought could be developing. (Side note: I was in Memphis this whole time and my parents wisely kept me in the dark about this until I found out via social media on Saturday. Not fun. But I am thankful for their thoughtfulness in not wanting me to worry while I was gone). My family left for a mini vacay to Lake Lure. They only spent one night though because Addie was so sick. My mom called KPA and they said to fill the prescription. By Saturday the medicine was not working at all and Addie was feeling even worse. So my mom called KPA again and they told her that she hadn't given the medicine enough time and it sounded like a ear infection. Once they heard Addie crying in the background they suggested my mom take her in to Children's. (Here is where a lot of anger existed yesterday... I hope you can somewhat imagine. But it's okay... Everyone makes mistakes).
So since Saturday Addie has been in ETCH. She feels pretty crappy. The GREAT news is that it is viral meningitis, not bacterial. This is really good! So she is being treated for pain. She can have specific pain meds every 6 hours but they wear off after about 4 1/2. So the last hour and a half until she can get more has been really, really rough. She has terrible headaches and a fever. Light and sound have been killing her head.
This girl is so tough. She does not cry. She play competitive soccer against girls (and boys) three times her size. She is so athletic. Seriously, she is pretty darn close to perfect. And it has been awful watching her suffer. She lays in the bed and whimpers. There is absolutely nothing more helpless than watching your all time favorite person in the world weep while whispering "Chelc" and begging you to do something, yet not being able to do a thing. It is terrible.
So please, please pray for Addie. Pray that she will get totally better really soon. Pray that they will be able to better control her pain so she won't be suffering like this. And pray for my parents. My mom has been at the hospital the whole time and my dad has been balancing everything else. I know it's exhausting for them. Pray my little sister gets better today.
The toughest and best girl in the whole world.

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