Thursday, November 22, 2007


Happy Thanksgiving! Mike, myself and the boys have had a wonderful Thanksgiving together. We woke up and drove to the hospital to see baby sis on our way to Coalville. It was wonderful to see all of our family and it was fun to spend family time with the boys. They had fun taking the 4 wheelers over to the "farm" to see all of Aunt Karen and Uncle ken's animals and of course the big tractor. Dinner was wonderful as always. Mike and the boys are going up to Ogden to spend the night with all of the cousins. I have stopped by the hospital to spend some time with Kaidence tonight.

Kaidence is very swollen tonight and I hope that they can get that under control soon before we are dealing with wet lungs on top of everything else. She has had a fever again today. Her white blood count only dropped from 22.1 to 21.6 and the CRP 7.2 to 7.1. I think I was hoping for a bigger jump like we had the last few days. The other cannula site is starting to look more infected and I think they will clean that out as well tomorrow. I am praying that we can get this infection cleared fast and that nothing else is affected by it. We can't re-list Kaidence until her wounds are healed which could be a couple of weeks. Not sure though because I have not spoken with Doctor Everritt for a couple of days and we are not totally sure what her thoughts are. We had hoped to speak with her before Thanksgiving so we could at least know what the plan was and what we were looking at so that we didn't have to wonder and worry all weekend. The little glimmer of hope that we could possibly all be home together for Christmas is gone so we will find a way to make due.

We have so much to be grateful for and I could probably write a whole blog on this topic. However, we are so Thankful for the wonderful support of all of you. We honestly could not due it without all that you do. Thank You for following the blog and caring for us. We are grateful to the many nurses and doctors that take so much time caring for Kaidence. We know that they honestly do the best they can and that they want what is best for our little one. Of course, we are so grateful for the gospel and the unconditional love of our Father In Heaven. I have seen more families here turn back to the gospel after their kids have become ill than one would ever imagine. Trials can teach us so much, but only if we let them.

Happy Thanksgiving and we love you all. Savor this time of year and hold your loved ones close. Spend more meaningful time with your family then ever before and get back to basics. In the BIG picture it is all that matters.


Jenn said...

Thanks so much for the updates. We love you and your family. We will forever keep our little friend Kaidence in our prayers, and Emily deifinitely remembered to tell Belle hello for her. We love you guys. We miss seeing you and learning from your positive attitude in person! We will see you soon. We are making a delivery of things that Justin's family has been working hard on preparing. You know I'm going to have to come say hello to my favorite PICU friends still there. Have a great day, and give Miss Kaidence a little hug from us.

Unknown said...

Mike and Shauntelle,
We want you to know how much we love your little family and pray that Kaidence will get well soon. We are thankful to you for your great example of faith and reliance on our Heavenly Father and pray that he will bless your family and especially Kaidence that you all will have the peace and the comfort that you need to get you through these difficult times. We hope you have a great Thanksgiving. Love the Ostlers

Wendy P said...

Happy Thanksgiving - and thank you for giving of your hearts and love to all of us. We will continue to pray for all of you. I'm so glad you spent time with the boys, your family, and just took a break today. We love you and look for these updates constantly to keep up on the news. Love, Wendy & Sarah