One of my friends posted a message on my Facebook Wall to the effect of......post some new photos for heaven's sake!
I could make a lot of excuses for my latest prolonged absence....OK, so I'm going to make a few excuses. So there!
Long story short. Since my last post, Keenan had pneumonia again......twice. Yes, you read that correctly, TWICE! (For those keeping track, that is pneumonia number 7 or 8-heck, even I've lost count). To make it worse, Colin has been in Japan.
Keenan's Dr. (quite rightly) told us that he should be tested for Cystic Fibrosis (que: minor meltdown on my part though I had suspected the suggestion was imminent). In the meantime, Sophia picked up Strep (oh, the good times are really rolling now). Thankfully the Children's Hospital here in Phoenix wasted no time scheduling Keenan's test and we were able to get it taken care of this past Monday.
I am ecstatic to report that Keenan's test results were negative. We don't really have an explanation for his repeated lung infections but, at least, we now know what's not causing them. Next month, he has an appointment with a pediatric pulmonologist and we hope it could eventually shed light into his respiratory ailments.
The week prior to all this, his teacher and the director of his school had been telling me what a remarkable kid he was. Bright, compassionate and beyond his years (it was nice to hear but we already knew it). But as we awaited his test results, all I could think of was how much Keenan has already been through, how far he has come and how grateful we would be if this was one less thing he had to face. So we are incredibly grateful and yet I know we never know what the future holds. So my feelings of joy are somewhat tempered with a sense of caution and continued concern.
So there are my excuses, such as they are.
I will say this...as corny as it may sound, this experience has made me realize how fragile it all is. Health really can be everything. Like most people, I tend to take it for granted but I absolutely shouldn't and that's really all I have to say on the subject.
p.s. The photos will be forthcoming