Hyang Watch: July 1

Hyang has been having a tough time of it this past few days. Her shoulder has started to really hurt from using it too much (pushing strollers, riding bikes, etc). Her shoulder has always been prone to knotting up with pain after being pushed too hard, but that doesn’t make it feel any better for her. Now, in addition to this, she also has an eye infection, likely due to the adverse circumstances of going to so many different peoples homes while trying to care for her contact lenses. She has scheduled an appointment with a doctor for tomorrow about the infection.

Not that her day wasn’t going to be busy enough. Apparently I was mistaken about some of the facts surrounding the nieces birthday party. It is scheduled for tomorrow afternoon (Korea time) and so she is going to be busy with party preparations and will also be getting her hair done with her sister in the morning. She told me that the Everland thing wasn’t for the birthday, but just something her brother and his family took them to, so I’m not sure of the circumstances for the birthday party.

I think our original plans for enrolling the children in a school while staying in Korea are sort of going out the window as well. She still hasn’t made the necessary preparations to do it and she is already almost half way through her time there. It will be ok if they don’t get in, but I was hoping they would in order to improve their Korean language skills.

That’s about all I have at the moment, and I might have more information tomorrow after I call Hyang later in the morning. Stay tuned.

A short Chronicle of Serene’s Illness in April of 2009

To see even more pictures, I would recommend visiting this link to my facebook album for Serene’s illness.

Here is Serene early on in the ICU.  It was so frightening to see her this way.
Here is Serene early on in the ICU. It was so frightening to see her this way.
After they extubated her and allowed her to wake up, Serene was sort of amazed (while still groggy) to see herself in the hospital with all this gear on her.
After they extubated her and allowed her to wake up, Serene was sort of amazed (while still groggy) to see herself in the hospital with all this gear on her.
They did lots of tests on her, blood work, CAT scans, MRI's.  Here she is getting an EEG (electroencephalography) done.  Despite the image, she was actually very interested in the process.
They did lots of tests on her, blood work, CAT scans, MRI's. Here she is getting an EEG (electroencephalography) done. Despite the image, she was actually very interested in the process.
After all the testing was done, all that was left to do was rest up and wait on the results.
After all the testing was done, all that was left to do was rest up and wait on the results.
Not that there wasn't anything to do.  We had so many kind and generous guests, like our good friend Martha, who brought Serene a wonderful balloon.
Not that there wasn't anything to do. We had so many kind and generous guests, like our good friend Martha, who brought Serene a wonderful balloon.
In fact, Serene had such a good time at Childrens that she didnt even want to come home.  Afterwards, she told me that the hospital was her favorite favoritist place ever.  Notice, she even has icecream for breakfast.  You can rest assured that will be the last time she gets that for a long while.
In fact, Serene had such a good time at Children's that she didn't even want to come home. Afterwards, she told me that the hospital was her favorite favoritist place ever. Notice, she even has icecream for breakfast. You can rest assured that will be the last time she gets that for a long while.
Hyang said she had a good experience at Childrens as well, although she was a little more eager to go home than Serene was.  These two were such troopers, staying in the hospital the whole time (of course, Serene didnt have much of a choice in the matter).
Hyang said she had a good experience at Children's as well, although she was a little more eager to go home than Serene was. These two were such troopers, staying in the hospital the whole time (of course, Serene didn't have much of a choice in the matter).
All of the neighbor children were happy to see Serene back.  Heres Abigail celebrating Serenes return.
All of the neighbor children were happy to see Serene back. Here's Abigail celebrating Serene's return.
All in all, we are just so grateful to have Serene back home, happy, healthy, and ready to take on the challenge of being a five year old girl again.  We count ourselves so fortunate to have had our beautiful daughter returned to us.
All in all, we are just so grateful to have Serene back home, happy, healthy, and ready to take on the challenge of being a five year old girl again. We count ourselves so fortunate to have had our beautiful daughter returned to us.

Latest update

Sorry for not posting an update yesterday. Serene is doing much better. They let her out of the ICU yesterday, and she is now in an inpatient room on the fourth floor, although we hope to go home later today.

As you know, we took Holy to the pediatrician yesterday, and her doctor thinks that both Serene and Holy contracted some kind of hand, foot, and mouth disease. A common cause is the enterovirus, which is also a common culprit for viral meningitis. Anyway, both girls are doing much better today, and seem to be well on their way to being 100%.

Thanks to everyone for everything you have done for us and our girls, especially your prayers. I’ll post again to let you know when we make it home, and then hopefully put this whole thing to rest and in the past.

Childrens won

What a fiasco. Over four and a half hours later, I decided that whatever benefits could be derived from having Holy seen at Childrens were outweighed by the time it was taking for us to even begin seeing someone. Hopefully, I can get Holy into our pediatrician early tomorrow morning and he can do the necessary tests to find out what virus is ailing Serene and now Holy. I’ll let you know how that goes.

BTW, it was amazing how many people were coming out of the woodworks because of this swine flu scare.

Trouble comes in Twos

We’ve brought Holy into the hospital now (I’m writing this while sitting in the ER). She has the same kind of rash that Serene had. I don’t think Holy is going to get meningitis, but Hyang was concerned with how quickly the rash was spreading, as well as Holy’s loss of appetite, irritability, and low energy. I probably would have had her wait until tomorrow and just had the pediatrician see her, but I thought that maybe having a look at Holy would help the doctors figure out what virus Serene has.

I’m still not sure that it was a good idea to bring Holy into the ER like we did, but hopefully it will turn out for the best. I guess everyone can pray for both of our girls now as well. Hopefully we won’t be in the ER for too much longer.

Serene was very sick

As many of you already know, Serene was very sick today. This morning, she had a seizure and had to be taken to the hospital, where I have been for most of the day, and where Hyang still is. Fortunately, she is doing much better now, and for those of you who saw her, many of the scary tubes that were coming out of her are now gone. She is awake and talking, mostly coherent, although the drugs that they have given her are still making her a little groggy.

I want to thank everyone that came to the hospital, called, emailed, and left comments on facebook. Hyang and I are deeply appreciative of your prayers, concern, and many offers of help. As of right now, we seem to be doing well, but please feel free to continue praying for Serene and us.

God bless, and many thanks from the Lindgren family.