{Friday Five}

Happy Friday! Y'all, this post almost didn't happen. I am exhausted both mentally and physically. This week was hard. Real hard. It's been one thing after another starting back when we were on vacation. Our 2nd day in Panama I woke up to texts saying that my sweet daddy had been taken to the hospital by ambulance. He was having a hard time breathing. After running many tests they sent him home with a diagnosis {can't remember the name} and some prescriptions. He had some inflammation which was causing the shortness of breath. We saw him the day we got back from vacation and he still wasn't feeling that great. He went to his PCP this week and told her some other things he was experiencing and she knew right away what was going on! Praise the Lord for good doctors! Also, the last morning of our trip Mason woke up at 3 the morning complaining of an ear ache. I gave him some children's Advil and he was back to sleep in a bit. The next day it bothered him pretty good {Sunday} so I made him an appointment as soon as I could on Monday. His doctor checked it out and he had swimmer's ear. No surprise...we have a little fish on our hands and were in the water for the majority of our vacation. She prescribed him an antibiotic ear drop. After a 3 hour ordeal we finally found a pharmacy that had the drops in stock! Then early Tuesday morning we woke up to a call that Nate's Grandmother had been taken to the emergency room. She was experiencing bad headaches and some neck pain. The headaches were debilitating and she couldn't barely move. After running every test under the sun they diagnosed her with a pinched nerve. She was released yesterday. In the wee hours of Thursday morning Mason started thrashing around in bed, moaning and then eventually crying hysterically. He kept saying he didn't know what was wrong and he just didn't feel like himself. I wanted to freak out! It's hard hearing your 6 year old crying and telling you he didn't feel like himself. At first we thought he was in the middle of a night terror, which we are not strangers to. But, we soon realized that he doesn't speak that clearly when he's in the middle of a night terror. And for once, I almost wished that it was a night terror because we know how to handle those and know that they'll be over before the next day. That wasn't the case. Once Mason finally came to he said that his head hurt and that his gums hurt. We immediately knew what was going on. Mason had an appointment today to get a baby tooth extracted. It had a cavity and his dentist saw no reason to fill it because it was going to come out soon anyway. Xrays showed that the next tooth is right there and already pushing on the baby tooth. She wanted to get it out before it became infected. Well, of course it got infected the day before it was to come out. Thursday morning Mason woke up and had some swelling on that side of his face, but no pain {Praise Jesus}. He said it just felt tingly and weird. I called Nate immediately and then called the dentist. They were able to get him in withing hours {Praise Jesus!}. His dentist put him on an antibiotic and rescheduled the extraction for Monday. She said the infection would fight against the anesthesia and Mason would be able to feel more pain. She told us things to watch for and when we needed to go to the emergency room. Fast forward to yesterday evening. I noticed that the swelling was getting bigger and it was getting warm in that area. Nate agreed, so we packed up our things and went to the emergency room. The waiting room was full and we just knew that we were in for the long haul. However, we were in and out of there in 45 minutes or so. The doctor looked him over and told us that the swelling was in the jaw/mouth area only and to keep giving the antibiotics and use warm compresses. He also prescribed him a mouthwash. One of the things we are watching for is that the swelling doesn't get down into his neck which could cause choking or blockage of airways. Mercy! Mason is such a tough  and brave little guy. I am so thankful for his high tolerance of pain right. I feel terrible and the guilt is in full force! I mean, we stay current on all of his doctors/dentist visits, this is just one of those things that happened in the in-between. Doesn't make my mama heart hurt any less, though. So yeah, that's been our week so far. If you are the praying type, we could use some prayers.

Now, time for five on Friday.

{O N E} // Posts from this week {which weren't many because of vacation!}

Tuesday >> We're back from vacation!! 
Thursday >> Day one in New Orleans

{T W O} // These are the pictures I sent to Nate to show him Mason's swelling. Poor guy!



{T H R E E} // Despite the tough week we've had we managed to squeeze in a few minutes on Monday and Tuesday down at the pond fishing. We are holding on to those vacation vibes pretty strong. More on the fishing later...I have too many precious pictures to share!

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{F O U R} // These two boys were reunited on Monday and it was so so sweet! I love them something fierce. Diesel gets a spa day today!




{F I V E} // Two of my sweet blogger friends {Jess & Amy - both are private blogs} have come up with a fun photo challenge for the month of August. I am so excited to join them. I love any good excuse to take some photos!! The challenge will run from August 1st until August 31st. Share your photos on social media using the hashtag #funinthesunphotochallenge. If you're a blogger you can share your first half of photos on August 15th and then again on Sept 1st. 



18 comments

  1. Oh sweet girl. What a week! I'm so sorry that it has all been one thing right after another. We will definitely send some prayers your way. Mason is one brave dude!

    Thank you for the shout out! I'm so looking forward to the challenge!

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  2. OH my goodness, Crystal, you guys have really been through the ringer this week. I will keep you all in my prayers... I hope you have a much better weekend than you did week. Hang in there!

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  3. Oh dear friend! Praying for you and all that's going on! Here's to better health for those around you!

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  4. Lord have mercy, you poor thing!!! Prayers are forthcoming, friend. Hope you have a more restful weekend.

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  5. Wow you weren't kidding when you said you had quite the week! Any of those things on there own would be trying, but all at once!!! Sorry to hear about Mason, his cheek really is swollen! Glad to hear it's being monitored and should be better after the extraction! I'll be thinking about you... Keep us updated!

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  6. Oh my goodness, what a week! So sorry to hear about all the medical issues. That's a lot of stress compacted in a tiny period of time. Praying everyone heals soon!

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  7. Uggh! What a terrible, stressful, and trying week! I'm glad to hear there are diagnoses around and I hope everyone is on the mend. And that challenge sure looks interesting! :)

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  8. Wow. I can't even with the week you've had. I'm so sorry! I hope everyone is on the mend real soon!

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  9. Oh Girl! Bless your heart. I noticed you've been quiet on social media lately but I thought it was just because you were getting back into the routine after vacation. I'm so sorry that you've had all this going on. They say bad things happen in threes, hopefully this is your three. I'm sending all the love and prayers to you and your sweet family.

    I'm so glad you were able to squeeze in a few family moments, soaking up summer, during all this.

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  10. You weren't kidding when you said it was a rough week! Hopefully the weekend goes smoother for you! I'll be looking out for your photos for the challenge! I need to up my skills before I participate in something like that!

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  11. Oh friend what a week you had. I am praying for you friend. Praying for peace and healing to abound and that this week would bring rest and joy too. Big huge hugs.

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  12. I'm a little behind on my blog reading, but oh my, you had a rough couple of weeks! Poor little Mason! I'm praying that the swelling has gone down & his extraction is easy & painless! I hope your dad & Nate's grandmother feel better soon, too! Praying for a better week for you!

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  13. Oh my goodness! You had such a week! Hoping his week is much more calm!

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  14. Wow, you guys have been through a ton! I hope everything works out ok. My dad was in the hospital too and he's going to need surgery. :(

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  15. My goodness, you all have been through the ringer!!
    Sending up prayers that this week is uneventful and healthy for you all.

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  16. Oh goodness!!! Sweet friend. I am so sorry last week was so terrible! And right when you get home and should be on a high from being on vacation. I so hope this week is going better for you! xo

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  17. Oh my gosh, so much for that saying that bad things come in 3s! I am so sorry for all you've had to deal with. Poor Mason, that swelling looks so painful, but those freckles are still as cute as ever! Prayers for everyone and here's hoping life has improved since last Friday!

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