Saturday, February 18, 2017

Kidney Stone on Valentines Day

I got a call from Julz around 9:00 am at Provo High Tuesday morning saying she was having pain around her abdomen area. Luckily it wasn't very busy at my school concerning aide work, so I didn't have to get a sub. When I arrived at Provo High I could tell by looking at Julie that she had been crying. I hurried and checked her out and drove straight to Utah Valley Medical Center.

Our family has a history for appendicitis and I didn't want to take any chances. The first thing the nurse did was ask Julz for a urine sample. When she came out of the ladies room Julie told me she had blood in her urine, I knew we had come to the right place.

It took forever to get ready for an ultra sound test since Julie needed two bags of liquids to get her organs in the right position.  After the ultra sound, (which took an hour), Julz threw up. Next thing we know she is wheeled back to ER getting prepped for a cat scan. Her appendix looked fine but her kidney had fluid around it and there was a little ruptur on the outside. I stayed in Julie's ER room while the nurse wheeled her to the cat scan. That test only took about twenty minutes.

Finally lunch time had passed and the ER Doctor Cox informed us that Julie had an 8mm kidney stone on top of her bladder!! What, my sixteen year-old, a kidney stone! I was very surprised since I'm the only one who has ever gotten a kidney stone. Plus I was forty-two years old!! My stone was from nursing too much and not drinking enough. Where in the heck did Julie's come from?

The next thing we know Doctor Cox was calling Doctor Platt the Urologist for surgery. Luckily there was an opening for the next day.  GW volunteered to take Julie so I didn't have to miss any more work. By the time we got home on Valentines day it was almost early evening and she was actually feeling better. Julz went to bed and slept the entire night without any pain. Go figure.


Wednesday arrived and the surgery was a success. Julie was able to come home the very same day. Lot's of friends came over with flowers, cookies, soft blankets, and one teddy bear.

                             I had to take a picture of this giant card from Julie's bio-tech class.
Yes that is a kidney stone made out of foil.

Needless to say it has been an emotional week due to pain pills, lots of support coming from family and friends. From now on I think Julie will be drinking much more water and fluids.

Hopefully no more stones will come to pass.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Sweetheart Dance

 Getting make-up and hair done at Betsy Crofts house.

Henny Penny and Julz

These four have grown up together with-in one block of each other.

Provo High Valentines Dance

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Jen's first Intern Job

Jen had three interviews last week with different middle school principals. Her favorite interview was with the Payson principal. He called her back the same day they had the interview and offered her an intern job at Payson Jr. High School for 2016 to May 2017. She starts in August teaching Science. We are excited for her!!

I remember taking Jenny to a Science Conference held for young women at UVU years ago when she was a Senior at Provo High. Thanks to a great chemistry female teacher at Provo High that really influenced Jen at a young age, she is now actually going to teach Biology and Chemistry. 

This photo was taken a while ago when she met with her first Mission President and wife who were getting ready to serve just as missionaries in a different mission for the church.

Jenny has had such great examples to follow over the years. Now it's her turn to maybe help and influence the youth of today.

Jen worked for four years as a janitor at Dixon Middle School before her mission and while she attended Provo High. This photo was taken with a co-worker friend getting ready to go to a banquet in Salt Lake City, and to honor them as janitors for the cleanest school in Utah.

 She saved all her janitor money and bought her first Honda vehicle with cash. Jen has always been a hard worker and will be a great teacher. We have been so blessed to have her in our family. She is a great example to me and her siblings.

 Another great influence in Jenny's life I think has been her older brother Jacob.  She loves her sisters but Jen and her brother are fourteen months apart and have always been close. Even though they don't see each other as often as they did living under the same roof. They still seem to have a close bond when we all get together to celebrate a special occasion, or just visit after a Sunday meal.

One of my favorite photo's.
Life has been good to the Carlson Family!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

January 2017

Julz got her learner's permit!

Jess enjoyed attending missionary reunion gatherings.

Jen only has one more semester of school left!

Lots of snow this month!  Jess took this photo across the street from our home.

Inauguration for President Donald J. Trump.

Found this photo on Facebook.

That moment when it's not your problem any more.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Happy Reunion

 Sister Carlson, Sister Whitcomb, Sister Stewart, and Sister Pilkington
Downtown Salt Lake City

 Temple Square

Sister Guest, Bountiful Utah

Saturday, January 7, 2017

San Diego Part 3

Jess took us to a great taco shrimp place and this was our view.
 Touring the grounds at night.

Last day and awesome weather.

La Jolla Beach

After spending seven days in a beautiful warm place it was hard to come back to the fog and cold snow. I'm sure Jessie will make many trips back.. San Diego has become her second home. I'm thankful that we got to spend quality time together as a family. Serving a mission has changed both Jessie and me. I value our time together. I try and stay more positive as a mother. Now that everyone is getting older and moving on I'm having a hard time accepting change. It was nice to get away and renew relationships. My heart is full and at peace. I feel much gratitude to my Heavenly Father for such a beautiful world and a wonderful life!

Sea World and Sunset at the Beach

The girls decided they wanted to sit up front right next to the blue ponchos. GW and I didn't want to get wet so we enjoyed the show from a distance.

Getting ready to go up to the top.