{Our love story // part 3}

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

part one here // part two here

Nathan got sick {really sick} with bacterial meningitis and our lives were turned upside down...

Just in case you aren't familiar with bacterial meningitis...

What is bacterial meningitis?

Acute bacterial meningitis is the most common form of meningitis. Approximately 80 percent of all cases are acute bacterial meningitis. Bacterial meningitis can be life threatening. The infection can cause the tissues around the brain to swell. This in turn interferes with blood flow and can result in paralysis or even stroke.

What causes bacterial meningitis?

The bacteria most often responsible for bacterial meningitis are common in the environment and can also be found in your nose and respiratory system without causing any harm.
Sometimes meningitis occurs for no known reason. Other times it occurs after a head injury or after you have had an infection and your immune system is weakened.

What are the symptoms of bacterial meningitis?

You want to watch for high fever, headaches, and an inability to lower your chin to your chest due to stiffness in the neck.
In older children and adults, you may see confusion, irritability, increasing drowsiness. Seizures and stroke may occur.
In young children, the fever may cause vomiting and they may refuse to eat. Young children may become very irritable and cry. There may be seizures. Also, because the fluid around the skull may become blocked their heads may swell.
The onset of symptoms is fast, within 24 hours. If allowed to progress, you can die from bacterial meningitis.

How is bacterial meningitis treated?

Bacterial meningitis is treated with antibiotics. A general intravenous antibiotic with a corticosteroid to bring down the inflammation may be prescribed even before all the test results are in. When the specific bacteria are identified, your doctor may decide to change antibiotics. In addition to antibiotics, it will be important to replenish fluids lost from loss of appetite, sweating, vomiting and diarrhea.

Nathan started feeling pretty ill that next Thursday. He felt like he was getting the flu and was in bed that evening and all of Friday. Over the next 48 hours I didn't talk to him much and when I did I could tell how awful he was feeling. My heart was breaking for him and breaking that I wasn't there with him. When he wasn't sleeping he was getting sick. It was Friday night and I hadn't heard from anyone and was pretty worried. I went by his house and everyone was gone. All of the lights were on and it looked like they left in a hurry. I knew something was wrong and it was the worst feeling ever. I tried his dad's cell phone but didn't get in touch right away. A couple hours later I got a call that brought the worst news...

Nate had started throwing up 'black stuff' (which we later learned was dried blood) and his head and back were in so much excruciating pain that he couldn't even stand up straight so they took him to the ER. But the hospital they were at were transporting him by ambulance to another hospital because it was pretty serious. I left and headed straight there. It felt like hours before I saw anyone or heard anything. I did finally see his family, but had no news on confirmed news on Nathan. They suspected Bacterial Meningitis, but they were still running tests and were going to take a while. There was no chance of seeing Nathan any time soon {understandably}.

Even though every single ounce of me wanted to stay and wait it out, I did what I needed to do. I took home Nathan's younger brother so that his parents could talk to the doctors and do all that they needed to do. I left there so lost, confused and worried. My brother in law and I drove home in silence. I prayed and prayed the whole way home for God to save Nathan. I remember going home and crying my eyes out to my dad. I tried to hold it all in and to be strong for Nate's younger brother, but I couldn't. I just couldn't. I didn't sleep much that night and was back up at the hospital early the next morning.

The spinal tap (which still bothers him to this day) confirmed that Nathan did indeed have bacterial meningitis. He was then quarantined to a special ICU room that circulated clean air ever so often and we had to wear masks to even go in the room. He was highly contagious and his immune system was low and we didn't want to bring anything extra in to him. Social workers interviewed his family and me as well {protocol} to find out all of the places Nathan had been the last 10 days. They were surprised that I wasn't feeling ill since Nathan and I always shared drinks and such. They wrote all of us a prescription that we had to take for the next several days. 

The doctors told Nate's parents that it was a pretty bad case and that if he had gotten to the hospital just an hour or two later it could have been fatal. Thankfully the first hospital started him on an IV right away. We later learned that them starting those IV meds that minute and him being in such a great and athletic shape saved his life. So scary considering all of the symptoms start out like the flu. 

For the next 3 or so days Nathan mostly slept and was on a lot of medication. He was incoherent for the most part. His head was in so much pain that the only way he could find comfort was to sleep. He told us that it felt like someone was bashing him on the back of the head with a brick. 

Nathan's family and I spent every day at the hospital. I think visiting hours were hours were over at like 10 each night, but sometimes there would be an awesome nurse that let us stay later. Each day got a little better and he was awake more and talked a little more. They released him a week later and then he was on a home IV for another week. Even during that week at home he was in bed most of the time. We watched a lot of movies and played MLB baseball and just hung out.

Nathan had several side effects for a year or longer. He had a sensitivity to the sun {which he'd never had before}, headaches, back pain where they did the spinal tap and he also lost a lot of his muscle mass after being in bed for over 2 weeks straight. Once he started feeling better his Grandmother set us up with sessions with a physical therapist/trainer so that Nathan could build his strength back up. Slowly, he got back to where he was before.

Needless to say, this took our relationship to a whole other level. Sure, we talked about marriage and our future but never with a time frame. We knew that it would be in our near future and that we didn't want to live a day without each other. 

I am so thankful God saved this sweet man!!

Part four coming soon...

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{This & That}

Friday, April 24, 2015

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We are loving that it's Spring and that we can sneak in snowcone dates after school!! We just adore our snowcone stand and the owners. Such sweet people and the best snowcones in all of the land. 

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If you are a mom read this. Now. I was feeling so defeated on the day this popped up in my FB feed. God is so good, y'all. 


The other day we were playing outside after school and Mason asked to go to the side/back of our house. I said sure and he took off running. I gathered my phone and camera and started walking over there and he's no where in site. I check the back of the house {we're on 2 acres} and notta. I start to panic a little like every mom usually does and went back to the front of the house and he was just as panicked and looking for me. He ran around the opposite side of the house just as I was walking to the other side. He runs to me and says, 

"Mama I saw these all the way in the back of the yard and picked them for you because you're my love." {can I bottle up this sweetness please?}

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How cute is our feed store? I mostly post this to say that I love my small little town. And I like that it's just that...small.  There is news of us getting like 8 new places {Michaels, Red Lobster, Cracker Barrel, etc} in addition to the Hobby Lobby and Academy they are already starting to work on. It kind of makes me sad! I don't want our little town to grow too much. But, have to admit I am excited about Hob Lob and Academy! 

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We've started crafting for Mason's birthday!! #lego

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I got my April Ipsy bag and I think it's the cutest bag yet! it's kind of burlap/jute material and so so precious. The goods inside were great too! Except for the red lipstick I got. I could never pull that off. ever. Do you get the Ipsy bag?

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In exactly ONE month we will have a FIVE year old. FIVE! This makes my Mama heart oh so weepy! And we won't even talk about his Graduation pictures that came in this week. Because I can't. I.just.can't. 

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In case you missed it...

On Monday I posted about our weekend
Tuesday was part two of our love story
Wednesday was Mama's tell all and how we came about naming Mason
Thursday I posted about my Grateful Heart

The countdown is on...

My best friends wedding >> 15 days
Pre-K Graduation >> 28 days
Disney >> 30 days
Mason's 5th birthday >> 31 days

Any plans for the weekend? Mine will be filled with crafting, family health day at our gym, Tball, Tball pictures, a bachelorette party, church, and whatever else we can manage to fit in!

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{A Grateful Heart}

Thursday, April 23, 2015

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Linking up with one of my favorites; Emily from Ember Grey for a Grateful Heart. I love this link-up and that it makes me stop and realize all of the blessings in my life; big and small. Life can get crazy and mundane all at the same time, but there is always something to be grateful for. 

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever” 
(1 Chronicles 16:34).

+ spring time; the flowers, the bluebonnets, the colors, the sunshine, & even the rain
+ longer days
+ mason's neighbor friends
+ a little boy that loves to play outside until sundown
+ a dirt-covered little boy that smell of outside {means time well spent}
+ cuddle time
+ snowcone dates
+ cameras & new & old photographs
+ back country roads
+ dreams
+ smell of fresh cut grass
+ that the storms yesterday were not as severe as they predicted
+ front {and back} porches
+ baseball
+ my sweet soul sister and our daily snaps {Love you Ashlea!!!}
+ and of course, my darling little family

What are you grateful for this week?

Oh and also, this linkup With Heavens to Betsy went live today. I goofed and posted this way too early. Oops!!

Grateful Heart w/ Ember Grey

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