I finally gave in and went to the doctor in an effort to find out what was causing the multitude of symptoms that had been plaguing me in recent months. While I was there I mentioned to the doctor that Tommy had been in physical therapy for weeks per his order and the results had seemed to worsen the pain in his shoulder. He ordered an MRI for Tommy and ordered blood tests for me. The following Monday Tommy and I headed to the hospital in Natchez for Tommy's test only to find that they would not accept our insurance. Another appointment was set up for the following week in Brookhaven. In the meantime, my test results came back with nothing conclusive. Tommy's MRI was finally done and revealed tendonitus, bone spurs, and a possible tear in his shoulder. He has an appointment with the orthopedic doctor in November. Not to be out done, Dacey got sick late Wednesday night and so Thursday we once again found ourselves in the doctor's office. He ordered rest and lots of liquids and told us that hopefully she'd fight off being sick and be well enough to go to the balloon races this weekend.
We'd planned for the past year for a friend from "down south" to join us for the balloon races. Our younger kids look forward to the festival so much each year that almost every time we mention Natchez, one of them ask if it is time for the balloon races yet. We were blessed because by Saturday morning Dacey's fever was gone and she was feeling good.
(Dacey Jade and our beautiiful pup, Bella Rose.)
We enjoyed walking around the flea market at the Vidalia Landing and after a while went and found a spot to sit and wait to watch the balloon race. The race was over an hour late starting, and the kids did great at entertaining themselves while we waited.
I was really impressed with our Bella Rose through out the day too. She has not made her debut as a therapy dog yet but did show us yesterday that she is ready. She went person to person waiting to be petted. And she had many admirers too... she was the "Bella of the Ball"! :-) She has a sweet, gentle, and patient spirit, and I can't wait to take her to the nursing homes soon.
Once the balloon race was finally underway, we all enjoyed it. I think Kathy and myself enjoyed taking pictures more than actually watching it! It was nice having someone along that understands my photography addiction. We really had fun spending the day with K and her wonderful kids. K is so down to earth and light hearted. Her passion for Jesus shines through in her speech and her actions. Her daughter is absolutely beautiful inside and out and a joy to be around. K's son is fun to be around. What a clown!! He and Jaden are close in age and have a lot in common!! I was glad we had the opportunity to spend the day together and can't wait until next year!
I really didn't think we'd done too much yesterday, but by the time we got home the kids were all feeling ill. Isaac cried that he hurt all over, and Dacey had exhausted herself as well. As for me and Tommy, we feel like we've been hit by a freight train! I sunburned yesterday and it has made me achey and tired. That seems to be the price I pay these days to have a day out with the kids. But if I make a few good memories for them in the mean time, it is well worth it!