No one likes emergencies

Three years later. The month of March is always a month of gratitude and thankfulness. I look at our youngest daughter and remember that it could have gone another way. That she could have left this earth and stayed gone. Instead, thanks to God and quick thinking from my husband, our daughter is happy enough to run all over the house, leaving a trail of Cheerios down the hall.

Many people want to forget that awful day in March. But I can’t forget it. Instead, I press forward and bug my friends and family all month to come and be CPR trained. So, why should our readers be treated any differently?

I ask, if you were faced with a medical emergency, would you know what to do? 


Don’t leave it to chance! Join us for CPR training at Greater Ecclesia Temple on Saturday, March 24, 2018  beginning promptly at 10am.  For $25, you are provided with a healthy lunch and enough information to be a lifesaver. Vendors are on hand with products to encourage you and your family to have a safe and healthy life. And you get a special card at the end to remind you that you are prepared.

We hope to see you there! Remember….life is precious.

Greater Ecclesia Temple is located at 9611 Iris Street in Detroit, MI 48227.


Off to Day Camp!

kids_climbingIt’s official! Our middle child has joined the ranks of the infamous day camp! He was a little nervous yesterday morning as we went through the final checks of his backpack – does he have a change of clothes (check), extra pull up for just in case accidents (check),  snack (check), blanket for nap time (check). I looked over at him and realized that my little baby boy is growing up. Won’t be long before he is racing out the house and leaving us behind.

Of course, the hubby noticed my apprehension and comforted me subtly so I wouldn’t burst into tears. I held them in and kept my concerns in check. I chose to go into work late so that I could witness this important milestone. The drop off went without a hitch. He went into the classroom and left me behind without even a goodbye. The promise of fun activities and pizza for lunch lured him away. I checked on him later on and he had already assimilated into school life,  standing at the door quietly, waiting to go into the gym.

My husband reports that at the end of the day he was very happy to go home but had a great time and is excited to go back. Most importantly, he was dry! We are definitely on our way to being fully potty trained.

And so we begin the second day of camp and I went off to work, hoping that my precious son will be safe and happy. He must have thought about his poor Mommy because he called me from his Dad’s phone to tell me to have a good day at work and that he was going to school to play with this friends.

Life goes on…


Big News in a Small Package

My #WCW are the other women that just happen to live with me. They are so alike and so different that I am amazed to be their mother.

Syd and Ava

ALSO…we are happy to report that Ava is doing well! She had a battery of tests yesterday, which made for a yucky day at the hospital. However, her doctor called yesterday evening and told us that her calcium and Vitamin D levels have normalized and the Rickets are healing! It looks like there will be two more doctor’s appointments and we will be back to normal!

Have you had your Vitamin D for the day?

A Diagnosis

FeetsWhen our family arrived at Beaumont Hospital, the physicians were puzzled. They weren’t sure what happened to our baby, they could only remark how beautiful she is (which you know she is totally gorgeous).

As the evening wore on, she began to exhibit some symptoms from earlier in the day. Our little sweetheart began to cry and her belly was tight. She was could not lay down flat in the crib and appeared to be in absolute pain. One by one, the doctors came in and re-told the story of how she got here over and over again until finally someone came up with an idea. Let’s do some blood work and get a scan of her belly. After this moment, everything moved very quickly.

Diagnosis: Pediatric hypocalcemia

Hypocalcemia manifests as central nervous system (CNS) irritability and poor muscular contractility. Low calcium levels decrease the threshold of excitation of neurons, causing them to have repetitive responses to a single stimulus. Because neuronal excitability occurs in sensory and motor nerves, hypocalcemia produces a wide range of peripheral and CNS effects, including paresthesias, tetany (i.e., contraction of hands, arms, feet, larynx, bronchioles), seizures, and even psychiatric changes in children.

Immediately our baby was moved to the pediatric ICU. She needed a very high dose of calcium. Calcium can burn the skin and because the high dose must be administered through the IV, they wanted to make sure she was in a safe place with her own nurse. No one really got much sleep. My husband, myself and my awesome friend La’Comba took turns watching her. It didn’t bother me much to stay awake, because I couldn’t sleep anyway. The high infusion worked and her calcium numbers increased right away. Her endocrinologist had her moved back to the regular floor where she began to receive oral calcium. Instead of crying out in pain, she has now started to focus on removing every cord and tube attached to her…the nurses are so happy with us (NOT!)

Now they that they figured out the what…on to figuring out the how. How did our perfect angel get low calcium? In looking at her, she doesn’t appear starved or deprived. The doctors concentrated on me breastfeeding. Breast milk is liquid gold, but doesn’t have the necessary Vitamin D in it. I wondered…why did this just happen to her and not my other little ones who received breast milk as well? I was told that that this does not happen to every baby and is a rare condition. A rare condition…that can be fixed. Unfortunately she has had this for a while, as Rickets disease has developed….again another condition that is reversible.

Rickets is defective mineralization or calcification of bones before epiphyseal closure in immature mammals due to deficiency or impaired metabolism of vitamin D,[1] phosphorus or calcium,[2] potentially leading to fractures and deformity.

And so, she is receiving calcium 4x a day and will continue to do so for 8 weeks after she leaves the hospital. In 8 weeks, she will be bigger, better and stronger. In addition, she will have a testimony that will she share with others.

Speaking of sharing, the doctors have encouraged us to share with everyone the importance of Vitamin D. As Midwesterners, we are lacking in sunlight. Sunlight in Michigan is only good from May 1-October 1. Outside of that time, the sun is too far away to do any good. I followed the rules with our infant and keVitamin-D_0pt her indoors during  the first three months. Since she was born in May, she could have really used that sunlight. That, plus keeping her indoors during the winter was a double whammy. In addition, African Americans are also more susceptible to this deficiency. So everyone, on behalf of our little one…get your Vitamin D!

9-5 Plus Homework

I should have named this post “The Adventures of Common Core”. My eldest, a bright and active six year old, has the absolutestop_common_core_rotten_to_the_core thrill of her life to be in kindergarten. You remember kindergarten, right? Recess, nap time, learning to cut and paste, rug time and lots of snacks.

Not…anymore. Instead of spending time learning about school, my kindergartner and her classmates are treated like first graders. We’re talking book reports, addition, special projects and ordinal numbers.

After getting out of school at 4pm and a quick nap (because she falls asleep in the car), my husband and I switch turns going over the “Daily News”, which includes a ton of sight words and instructions for what is expected to be completed. In addition, there’s also a homework sheet, and the students are instructed to pick an activity from the “Homework Calendar”. And if she doesn’t pass out on us, then we have her work on some items on the classroom approved website.

I know what you are thinking…where’s dinner? Where’s that family time? All of it is smashed together. Between the hours of 5-8pm, we move at lightening speed to get in homework, dinner, chores, family time, and a quick bath. Talk about exhausting!

All of this work equals tired parents ( who have already gone to work that day) and tired children. I can’t imagine what it is going to be like when the other two rugrats enter school. I wonder if we could hire a nanny just to do the homework…