Both Grammy and Grampy have put forth heroic efforts.
So, this afternoon after a whirlwind stop at the house to throw together a suitcase and print out directions, Ella and I headed to Chicago to check her into Lurie Children's Hospital where they can do more tests and try to find out why she's having such difficulties.
I am beyond thankful that my parents are visiting. I was able to head off without having to worry about the other three kids, knowing they would be so well taken care of. (Grammy and Grampy, on the other hand, might need some therapy after this though!)
Traffic was horrible, and it took me four hours to get here, but at least we're here. Ella has been checked in, and her medical history has been gone over.
She has a beautiful room all to herself where the two of us can stay, although she seems to want to try to escape it as soon as I put her down.
They came into the room to take blood after she had already fallen asleep for the night, but thankfully her (new) allergy medicine had already kicked in and she was so tired she fell asleep right after.
Tomorrow I should be able to meet with her new Pediatrician, and I'll be able to ask questions and try to figure out where we go from here.
Thanks everyone for your prayers and offers to help. I will certainly let you know if we need something. Right now my parents are taking care of the kids and they have a meal for tonight, but a meal or two might be a big help for them as they try to get used to having little ones (and not so little!) ones to care for again!
Something I would appreciate is if the Lord lays a particular verse on your heart, if you'd text it or email it to me. Little snippets like those are such an encouragement, especially if I'm feeling overwhelmed or disheartened.
Well, it's been a long day and a long month, and I'm going to grab a quick bite to eat, get in the shower, and try to get some sleep.
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and don't lean
on your own understanding. In all your ways
acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths."