Saturday, July 19, 2008

Going Home

1 more week before we get to go back to Bend and Oak Harbor. We're all excited. Amelia talks about the plane ride, playing with her cousins, things to do at Crescent Lake, crabbing with Nana  on Papa's boat, seeing Auntie Rachel, and everything else she hopes to do for those two weeks. 

Monday, July 14, 2008

212 Casterton Ave FOR SALE!

After a 3 week mad scramble of painting, cleaning, mulching, weeding, garage-selling, shuffling boxes, and staging our house is on the market.  Please let our agent know if you are aware of a potential buyer!  
   Now the real challenge begins with keeping it presentable with sticky fingers Meredith & Amelia on the prowl.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

polio booster,yellow fever & typhoid

The whole family made the uplifting trip to the Summit County Health Department for our vaccinations of all the rare diseases Africa offers.  After 2 hours of counseling with the travel consultation nurse the Friess family was tired of being poked.  Malin took 3 shots to the left arm without tears.  Meredith had 2 shots to her left cute chubby thigh with 10 seconds of fear, crying, trembling, and a flinch of her thigh.  Amelia screamed hysterically, "No, No, don't let them do it..They said it would only be one shot and it was two.  It hurts.  It hurts. It hurts.  It hurts."  Amelia was escorted immediatly out of the waiting room to avoid scaring the other chidren.  Sara bravely took her 3 vaccinations.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Amelia's Myringotomy Reversal

Amelia was sedated under light general anesthesia and her tubes in her left and right tympanic membrane were removed.  The surgery took 30 minutes.  Bleeding occurred and was treated with gel-foam in her ears.  Amelia woke up from the sedation hysterical about the "boo-boo" on her left hand from the IV insertion site.  Sara was their to comfort Amelia as she kicked her legs trying to shake off the BP cuff.  
Amelia screamed, "The doctor said it wouldn't hurt.  It hurts.  The doctor was wrong."  Grampie our favorite ENT was not available for an immediate consult.   
Amelia is recovering well this evening after a few donuts and oreo cookies.  She is now making a bath tub for her pet frog and catching lightening bugs.  

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Back to Work

Well July 1st came and that meant returning to Akron General to finish. I had really enjoyed the month off to study, and of course it helps that it's one of the nicest times of year in Akron. As I left early this morning I was reminded how many mornings I've missed seeing Amelia and Meredith wake-up. 

The test went well...I think, but don't get the results until after I graduate in Sept. So, another lesson in patience for me. Patience has never come easy for me. 

We were very encouraged today to find out how much First Reformed Church of Oak Harbor will be supporting our mission trip, both financially and in prayer. We're looking forward to speaking with the church in August. Our church in Akron is also planning on holding a luncheon in our honor and commissioning service late September.