I have bad news to share…Anders, our daughter Kalissa’s newborn son is in the hospital. He was born on September 21st.
On Sunday Kalissa noticed that he was fussy which is totally odd for him. He’s completely mellow normally. She ended up checking and he had a temp. She waited a couple of hours hoping it was a fluke but it wasn’t.
She didn’t feel good about it so she decided to take him to the local hospital. She let me know that I was “activated”. That means, I’m on duty for the older boys, Carver and Gannon. They happened to be in the field, in the combine with Craig, and had been there a bit so I went to pick up the boys.
After a bit, this picture came of Anders…
There was no real diagnosis at the time of the picture.
I knew I would be having a Grandma sleepover. I tried to keep everyone busy…mostly myself busy so I didn’t worry. Karl ended up coming over and we worked on cleaning off the garden.
Then Karl did an impromptu lesson on candles and beeswax that ended with making shadow figures.
…but back to Anders…
At midnight they made the decision to transfer Anders to the larger hospital. He’s currently at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City.
This is the morning update from Kalissa:
“So rounds this morning, they are calling it viral meningitis. They took him off his oxygen but he’s definitely doing the weird breathing stuff, hasn’t desaturated yet tho. Everyone here is great, they all listen, and they rounded when they said they would, and early, they included us. He has some discharge from his left eye now, they are worried maybe that’s a source of infection. I was hoping we would get down here and it would be a big overreaction and that we would be sent home today but that’s not the case. Kiddo is pretty sick. Still has a fever this morning.”
Along with that, we got the news that they would be there for three days…possibly up to a week depending on how everything goes.
That was enough news for us to make a plan. I took the boys and we went and got their dog and clothes for the boys for the rest of the week. We got backpacks and everything we thought we might need. We can always go back but we got a good start.
If you don’t hear a lot from Kalissa or I, or if you ordered something from Kalissa’s shop, please be patient…it will come. I promise. I’d run over and fill orders but I don’t know how to get the orders off the computer and print them.
Carver and Gannon are doing okay with it all. They feel comfortable at my house and they love playing with Izzy. They miss mom and dad though. Gannon made this and asked me to send a picture of it to mom.
Now they have a diagnosis. The crop is still in the field. Craig is a farmer so Craig needs to come back home and get back in the combine. This is the reality of farm life.
Our friend Kelli is coming and will watch the boys. I will head over to Kalissa’s and pick up a few things to take to her and then I’m off traveling to Iowa City to deliver what Kalissa needs and to pick up Craig to bring him back home.
It’s a topsy turvy time. if I miss a blog post…no worries. I’m just busy with the boys. I promise an update tomorrow evening if not sooner.
Meningitis isn’t anything to mess with and it’s even worse in a little one. Any prayers or well wishes are so appreciated.