Saturday, September 30, 2017

Hello, Neighbor

The boys have settled upon Hello Neighbor and another, even creepier game called Bendy and the Ink Machine, as this season's obsessions. They have never actually played either of these games because, "they cost money!" But the wonders of YouTube ensure that they know all about both and talk endlessly of the various intricacies and gory details. This afternoon David decided to do his best rendition of the creepy neighbor.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Rock, rock the baby

Maggie loves rocking her very own Cabbage Patch doll in the rocking chair her mama had at the same age. (It was a gift from her Aunt Mary Joyce and Uncle Vernon.)

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Friday, September 22, 2017

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Friday, September 8, 2017

Cleaning up

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Goodbye to Big Daddy & Gram!

It was so great to have Gram and Big Daddy drive out to help with my brothers and sister while I was in Memphis. And the best news is that they released me from the hospital earlier than expected, so I got to spend a little time with them, too. We wish them safe travels back to Valdosta today.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Maggie News

Many of you already know our news via Facebook (the easiest way to let lots of folks know things all at once), but Maggie gave us a scare this weekend. Here's a quick recap for those who need one. Maggie had what appeared to be a rash on her foot that spread rapidly up her leg on Friday afternoon. Our journey for treatment began at urgent care, who sent us to the ER, who admitted us to Baptist Hospital in Oxford for the night, who then transferred us to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis by ambulance on Saturday morning.

There was some worry that the infection might be in the joints or the bone, especially since it continued to spread even after a night of IV antibiotics in Oxford. This is not the case, as we found out after her MRI on Sunday afternoon. The wait for the MRI was both anxiety-filled and comforting. Since she wasn't rushed to get it, there was some level of assurance that the first exam by specialists did not immediately call for a stat scan in anticipation of surgery (a real fear when we were in the ambulance on Saturday). But as the test was continually pushed back because other traumas were coming to the hospital, our imaginations multiplied our worries. This morning doctors confirmed that the infection is limited to her soft tissue, and so we'll stay at the hospital in Memphis for a few more days to receive IV antibiotics before being sent home with a plan for oral antibiotics.

We're sharing happy photos above. The first photo is how the rash appeared when we went to the hospital. I've cropped other photos to spare you the gruesome images of how it looks now, though they assure us her blood tests show continued improvement even though it doesn't appear that way from the outside.

We appreciate all of the texts, Facebook messages, offers of help, and prayers you've sent our way. We're especially grateful to the team who helped watch the other 3 Mitchells while Ned and I tended to Maggie: our Hill neighbors, led by Mamsie; Grandaddy and Nana, who took over from Mamsie while they were in Oxford for the game; and now Big Daddy and Gram, who dropped everything and drove from Georgia on Saturday morning for an indefinite stay in Oxford. It's taking a village, and we have a great one. MA and Jimmy are both in Texas, or we know they'd have been in Oxford from the start.