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Friday, February 27, 2009

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Third Station

Leader: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.
All: Because by your holy cross You have redeemed the world.

Jesus, the cross you have been carrying is very heavy. You are becoming weak and almost ready to faint, and you fall down. Nobody seems to want to help you. The soldiers are interested in getting home, so they yell at you and try to get you up and moving again.

As a child, sometimes I start to do something, but then get tired of it. I hurry to get finished and sometimes don't do my work well. Sometimes I don't pay attention to what I should be doing. When things get hard for me, sometimes I give up.

As an adult, I sometimes put things off. I give up too easily, and sometimes don't do my work as well as I know I can.

My Jesus, the heavy burden of my sins is on Thee, and bears Thee down beneath the cross. I loathe them, I detest them; I call on Thee to pardon them; may Thy grace aid me never more to commit them.

Our Father.... Hail Mary.... Glory Be to the Father....

Leader: Jesus Christ Crucified.
All: Have mercy on Us.
Leader: May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, Rest in peace.
All: Amen.

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Second Station
Leader: We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.
All: Because by your holy cross You have redeemed the world.

Jesus, as you accepted your cross, you knew you would carry it to your death on Calvary. You knew it wouldn't be easy, but you accepted it and carried it just the same.

As a child, sometimes I don't like the problems that come my way. Sometimes I try to get others to take care of them or solve them for me. Sometimes I become upset and crabby when I'm asked to do even the smallest thing to help others.

As an adult I sometimes feel like I'm not appreciated. Sometimes I feel as if I accept more responsibility that I need to. I can feel sorry for myself, even though the crosses others carry are much larger than my own. In my self-pity, I don't reach out to help.

My Jesus, Who by Thine own will didst take on Thee the most heavy cross I made for Thee by my sins, oh, make me feel their heavy weight, and weep for them ever while I live.

Our Father.... Hail Mary.... Glory Be to the Father....

Leader: Jesus Christ Crucified.
All: Have mercy on Us.
Leader: May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, Rest in peace.
All: Amen.
Spanish version of this Station

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First Station

Leader: We adore Thee, O Christ, and bless Thee.
All: Because by Thy holy cross Thou hast redeemed the world.

Jesus, you stand all alone before Pilate. Nobody speaks up for you. Nobody helps defend you. You devoted your entire life to helping others, listening to the smallest ones, caring for those who were ignored by others. They don't seem to remember that as they prepare to put you to death.

As a child, sometimes I feel alone. Sometimes I feel that others don't stand up for me and defend me when I am afraid. Sometimes I don't feel like I am treated fairly, especially if I am scolded or corrected.

As an adult, sometimes I feel abandoned and afraid as well. Sometimes I too, feel like I am treated unfairly or blamed for things unfairly. I have a hard time when people criticize me at home or at work.

Help me be grateful for what you did for me. Help me to accept criticism and unfairness as you did, and not complain. Help me pray for those who have hurt me.

My Jesus, often have I signed the death warrant by my sins; save me by Thy death from that eternal death which I have so often deserved.

Our Father.... Hail Mary.... Glory Be to the Father....

Leader: Jesus Christ Crucified.
All: Have mercy on Us.
Leader: May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, Rest in peace.
All: Amen.
This lent I would like to really teach my son about the Stations of the Cross and try to go on Friday evenings.
So every Friday this lent I am going to post the Station of the Cross in an attempt to remember to uphold my Lenten promise to God.

This lent I am giving up my biggest stress. I am letting it go and becoming a stronger person, rising above. I will also try not to complain as much. I feel that adds to my stress. I complain about the ref's in basketball, the economy, the news media, EVERYTHING and it is making me a bitter person and I do not want that in my life, I do not want my kids to see that and become that. Joey has given up video games for Lent which might be a struggle but I have full confidence in him. He wants to be a more healthy and active person which is what the outcome will be from his sacrifice.

So sorry to anyone who is not interested in the Stations of the Cross, but I am using my blog as a teaching tool for my family so enjoy!
So Megan seemed much better Wednesday as she slept through the night and had a great morning yesterday but (since there is always a but) she woke around 5am this morning struggling again. I gave her the albuterol inhaler and had her blow her nose and she started gagging on the mucus and began throwing it up. So she is finally back to sleep so I am thinking no school today although she sounds much better. She just needs a break. I am worried this may be turning into pneumonia again and we might end up in the hospital. So if you could pray she turns a corner and gets better I would be eternally grateful!
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Sunday night it came on really fast. Megan was really struggling to breath and I ran for the phone to call 911. The look of fear on her face will be forever etched in my mind. We put her in the tub hoping the steam would clear her but it made it worse. I chucked the spacer she usually uses and stuck the albuterol inhaler directly in her mouth which gave her enough relief to get her dressed and stick her in the car. We took her to the ER (not a childrens hospital just the closest one) and they gave her a shot of epi and decadron to open her airways which helped right away. Once she was comfortable and she fell asleep her sats were in the low 80's. We tried repositioning her and putting on oxygen but she refused. The ER doc told us she thought we would have to take another ambulance ride to CHOP (we still haven't been able to pay the last $1200 ride) that her sats were making her uncomfortable. Joe and I both shook our heads 'no' and asked if we could wait it out a little bit and let her get comfortable. If you looked at Megan while she was sleeping she did not look in destress or anything. Finally her #'s came back up after an hour to 88 to 92'. Once she stayed in the 90's for 2 hours they let us take her home, THANK GOD!

I asked for a prescription of an epi as a breathing treatment at the ER. The doctor refused saying they never give that to outpatients. I just wanted to have something on hand for next time. I do not want to have to wait 20 minutes (waiting for parents and driving) to give Megan relief. I seriously was scared out of my mind, her throat just swelled and she popped all the blood vessels in her face just to try and catch a breath.

We will be following up with her Pulminologist in a few weeks. I am just wondering how this came on so fast without warning. Maybe the Pulminologist will give a prescription to keep on hand for next time. Megan will also be having a sedated echo on March 9th down at CHOP. This was scheduled after her stay in the hospital in December. They want to make sure no heart issues are the cause of her low oxygen levels. Looks like we will be busy with doctor appointments for a while.
Monday, February 16, 2009
BOO HOO! I am not sure what happened. It seems to be all sticky.
But it will not turn on.....
What do I do? I want a good camera. I go back and forth all the time between wanting it small so I can bring it everywhere and fit it in my purse (which is probably the reason it is broken) to wanting a big snazy camera to get decent pictures with.
Tell me what should I get. What camera will make me happy!
I think I have even asked this before but since cameras change with the seasons please tell me again.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
But we did get a phone call fromt the OT who just said "She is still eligible for services" and a quick email from the psychologist saying: "I enjoyed my time with Megan very much. I was able to observe in her classroom for about 2 hours and then she and I worked together on the testing for about 45 minutes to an hour. She is a very sweet little girl. She was excited to work with me and I think that we developed a nice rapport.
Currently, I am working on writing her report and collecting the input and evaluation data from the other professionals who are also working on her evaluation.
If you have any questions, please feel free to let me know."

The team has about 30 more days to call us in for the IEP. I am nervous but know what we want as a family.

Our Kindy is 1/2 days so we want Megan to go to the AM kindy here and not be pulled out for anything. We also want her to have a 1:1 aide. We figure they can give her the services she needs in the afternoon. I really want Megan and Olivia in the same school.
It is possible but only when they are ready.
I imagined my daughter in diapers at her Senior Prom with the diaster of my 1st few attempts at potty training.
Reading online of all the success people were having and there kids were younger than mine made me ill.
My advice to you, ignore everything. Wait until he/she is ready and they will AMAZE you.
We started the training the week before Christmas. We were home, Megan was 5 and we REALLY wanted her in big girl panties for Kindergarden. We want Megan included in a regular education classroom but we didn't think it was possible if she wasn't potty trained. So Joe and I buckled down and we put away the pull-ups or crutches as we called them. We started by time training her and we sat her on the potty every hour. Once she knew where to put the pee pee we were set. OR so we thought, she started with timing. She just went whenever we put her on the potty, so if we forgot so did she and she would have an accident. Her 1st accident happened to be while we were out to dinner at Red Robin. SO EMBARASSING! Thank goodness for a change of clothes. After about a month of just putting her on the potty and cheering for her and making a big deal, she started going on her own. Just this past Tuesday she went up to her dance teacher and told her she had to go potty, NOW THAT IS HUGE! When she is at home and comfortable she will just go, which tickles me everytime. I do not think I will ever get over the pride I feel everytime she goes...we waited so long for it that the novelty will never wear off. I believe the Bissol Family will be doing the pee pee dance for Megan for a long time.
So we are accident free it seems, none in about a month. Once we hit the 6 month mark she will be officially potty trained. So this June we will have accomplished our goal....I just want you all to know, it will happen, most likely when you least expect it! Good luck!