This is Taun's sister, JeriDawn. We LOVE JeriDawn! She is our LIFESAVER! She has been the one who we call when we need to take Alex to the hospital or when I have needed to go there myself. We have called her in the afternoon, evening, or in the middle of the night. Her response has always been something like, "Sure, bring them over anytime." She watched Benjamin when we had to go to the hospital both times for Alex's seisure episodes and when I went to the ER for the first kidney infection attack. She has 4 (beautiful) children of her own and has never complained about "having" to help with ours. My children LOVE JeriDawn and often ask if they can go play at her house. I mention that we are going to play with Sierra, Mialee, and Nikell and Benjamin always asks if JeriDawn will be there too.
Yesterday afternoon I decided to go get my blood pressure checked at the Dr.'s office (I had had a headache all day and was pretty swollen.) The first time it was checked it was 161/58 so the nurse checked it again with another machiene and it was 152/54. Both high! Protein level was negative but the dr. wanted me to go have the contractions monitored at Labor and Delivery. Taun dropped me off at the hospital and went to let the kids play at JeriDawn's house. I realized I would be there for awhile so I called him to come sit with me incase anything happened. The kids stayed at JeriDawn's house.
After 4 hours at the hospital my blood pressure dropped and protein level was still negative. The blood work came back normal and the headache had gotten better. The dr. did a strep B test and checked for dialation and effacement. I was dialated to a 1 and 50% effaced (normal for someone with 35 weeks and previous pregnancies.) The dr. said to treat the headache with lortab or foricet and he put me on BED REST. I go in Monday or Tuesday to check up and will probably have to go in twice a week untill I deliver.
We went to JeriDawn's to get the kids and she was out walking with Alex and her 2 year old. Benjamin and Mialee (5 yr. old) were in the house painting and JeriDawn was doing grape juice. She has so much on her plate already and she is willing to help me with my children. I am so grateful for her and her ability to love my children as if they were her own. She is great and I don't know what we would do without her.
Thank you JeriDawn!