Thank goodness for a mother's worry.
Last night Marcus was treated for Kawasaki disease. It is an illness found in children less than 5 years old. No one knows what causes Kawasaki disease, but some doctors think a virus or bacteria may cause it.
Luckily last night Marcus' ECHO results came back looking great. They stared the treatment for Kawasaki disease which he responded to very well. We are so lucky to be at Primary Children's since it is one of the best Children's Hospitals in the World. They see a lot of cases of Kawasaki disease and know exactly how to deal with it. The doctors have been very informative and helpful through the whole process.
Right now it looks like we will be here another day or two depending on how his body reacts to the IVIG and high doses of aspirin.
On Thursday night he had some blood work done that indicated the levels of infection in his body were high. That could be anything from an ear infection to something more serious. Anytime a child has a temp over 100 for more than 5 days, the doctor's get concerned. Originally they were suspicious of Kawasaki's Disease which would be the worst case scenario. The good news is that the cardiologist doesn't think that is what he has.
We are continuing to wait on more test to see if this could be a bacterial infection, bladder infection, kidney infection, etc. Hopefully by day's end we will have a better idea of what is going on.
Thanks goodness for living so close to such an amazing hospital with such great doctors. I wouldn't rather be anywhere else.
But, that is why I decided to do something different, to challenge myself physically and mentally. I have always been up for a good challenge. No matter what I expected when I started training for this half marathon, my body still seems to amaze me. I think in the back of my head I doubted myself in ways. Mostly because of past joint problems in my knees, but it is almost like my body is thriving off of the adrenalin. I always thought that people who described a runners high were crazy. Now I know for myself that it exists.
I am starting to up my Saturday runs and challenge myself a little more.
Here is a record of how much and what I have been running.
Jan 9th - 2.47 miles
Jan 13th - 4.17 miles
Jan 19th -1.64 miles
Jan 21st- 1.32 miles
Jan 29th- 3.53 miles
Feb 1st- 2.99 miles
Feb 3rd-3.12 miles
Feb 8th- 1.86 miles
Feb 11th-2.27 miles
Feb 15th-4.02 miles
Feb 16th-2.5 miles
Feb 23rd-3.13 miles
Feb 24th-2.54 miles
Feb 25th-3.86 miles
March 1st - 4.15 miles
March 2nd- 2.79 miles
March 6th-5.09 miles
March 9th-2.66 miles
March 10th-3.28 miles
March 12th-6.04 miles
March 15th-3 miles
March 17th-4.25 miles
March 20th - 5.0 miles
Some days have been harder than others to get out the door, but I have not once regretted a run. 85 days and counting.
A friend shared with me a thought that I have been thinking about a lot and how it applies to my life.
What do you think? I want to know...here it goes....
You will hardly ever regret a workout, even when you really don't want to do it before hand. BUT you almost always regret bad food that you consume. If only I could live with NO REGRETS, then I wouldn't need to diet. So, that is what I have been working on.
Emma had her first dance recital today. She just finished her 8 week dance class and loved every second of it. She almost started crying when Eric asked her if she had fun doing dance and implying that she was done. I guess it is time to find another class.
I made some cakes this weekend for a friends birthday. The one above turned out cute. It was super Yummy too. It was a yellow cake with vanilla pudding in the middle. It is covered in almond butter cream frosting.
I also made another cake that was AMAZING (or so I thought)...but I was so busy thinking about eating it, that I didn't even take pictures. It was a Chocolate Sheet Cake with Chocolate Frosting. so if you want the recipe and pictures go the The Pioneer Woman Cooks , cause she was write when she named it The Best Chocolate Sheet Cake. Ever!
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 large egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
First, make the crust.
1. Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease a 9×13-inch baking pan, or line with parchment paper.
2. In a large bowl, cream together sugar and butter, until fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla extract. Working at a low speed, gradually beat in flour and salt until mixture is crumbly, like wet sand. The dough does not need to come together. Pour crumbly dough into prepapred pan and press into an even layer.
3. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until base is set and edges are lightly browned. Cool completely on a wire rack before topping.
3 cups shredded coconut (sweetened or unsweetened)
12-oz good-quality chewy caramels
1/4 tsp salt
3 tbsp milk
6 oz. semisweet chocolate (chocolate chips are ok)
1. Preheat oven to 300.
2. Spread Coconut evenly on a baking sheet (preferably one with sides) and toast 17-20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes, until coconut is golden. Cool on baking sheet, stirring occasionally. Set aside.
3. Unwrap the caramels and place in a large microwave-safe bowl with milk and salt. Cook on high for 3-4 minutes, stopping to stir a few times to help the caramel melt. When smooth, fold in toasted coconut with a spatula.
4. Put dollops of the topping all over the shortbread base. Using the spatula, spread topping into an even layer. Let topping set until cooled.
5. When cooled, cut into 30 bars.
6. Once bars are cut, melt chocolate in a small bowl. Heat on high in the microwave in 45 second intervals, stirring thoroughly to prevent scorching. Transfer all chocolate into a piping bag or a ziploc bag with the corner snipped off and drizzle bars with chocolate to finish.
Let chocolate set completely before storing in an airtight container.
Altered from Baking Bites
Over the last 6 years we probably only went out together alone about once a month. Recently we started switching with our neighbors and going out every other weekend. It has been so nice to spend time together doing the things we love.
Yesterday we went to the BYU vs. U of U Men's Rugby Game. It was a lot of fun.
The Source: Crack in the foundation.
The Problem: The HOA presidency is in mass chaos right now and no one wants to listen or even look at the problem
The Result: A house of disorder (hopefully temporary) including no carpet in bedroom, doors and dresser in living room, the inability to use our table due to all the other stuff from the bedroom being stuffed underneath it and nails sticking up all over our room causing us to have to keep our kids out of our room.
So, after all the being said, here are some pictures that are making me happy to even dream that I might be able to one day have a home with any resemblance to these photos...
Alright, now you know what my dreams have been consisting of lately...hopefully one day they will come true.