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Thanksgiving Redux


Well Threedonians, I’m back from my week long sojourn to the Bahamas. It’s been a helluva week in the Turbo household… we took, for a man of my means (and aversion to debt), a once every leap year type vacation at a beautiful resort filled with kids, warm Atlantic waters, strong tropical drinks, and (for us by choice) a dearth of electronics. While there, we learned that my youngest son’s AT&T ad had broken nationwide and has been on a very regular rotation on major broadcast and cable networks. All in all, not a bad Thanksgiving week.

So coming home on Saturday I had a lot to be thankful for. How do you frost that cake? After 17 hours of travel on the Saturday after Thanksgiving and getting into LAX at midnight and then driving in a shuttle an hour or so to my mother-in-law’s house we crash there instead of driving another 45 minutes to our house. 45 minutes after that I wake up to hear my daughter having a grand mal seizure. I’ve seen people have seizures before… suffice to say seeing one’s 9 year old daughter having one is something I wouldn’t wish on my greatest enemy. So after a 911 call and a visit from the paramedics (she had quit seizing before I hung up with the dispatcher) off we go to spend 8 hours in the ER doing the battery: blood, CAT, MRI, etc. She’s all clear pending an EEG…

What was the frosting on our cake this week? As I posted on Thanksgiving Day, “I don’t know what the future holds, but I do know Who holds the future. I’m thankful to God for all I’ve had, all I have and for the peace that comes with knowing that whatever comes next I’ll be able to handle it with His help and guidance.” Little did I know how that would be tested, but it is no less true today. It was still a helluva week in the Turbo household and we have no less or more to be thankful for this week than last I think. What I do have is a deeper appreciation for my blessings.

19 comments to Thanksgiving Redux

  • Dr. Schplatt

    Aw man, I know from experience that’s no fun. If it’s ok with you, I’ll lift up your little girl in prayer at my small group Bible study tomorrow. Prayers from Taiwan work just as well a ones made in the USA :D

  • Tracy,txmom2many

    That is a lot of stuff man!! I’ve been through seizures with my kids (oldest had 4, #5 had 6, and girlie had 12, 3 in one day. Girls always have to up the stakes) and you are right, wouldn’t wish it on anyone. Ours were always clear according to tests and 2 of our 3 didn’t have to have meds either. They are all completely normal with above average intelligence so it didn’t seem to slow them down at all. It’s scary as hell, and you never get used to it, but even if you get the dx of epilepsy (as our girl did), life can still be really normal-ish. Oh, being over tired also seemed to trigger our kids, so it may be as simple as watching her rest. I hope you’re not hearing any blame there, you don’t know till you know and obviously our kids had more than one a piece even with that knowledge. We were also told that at transitional ages (such as onset of puberty) to expect more activity. I’ll quit giving advice now, I’m sure you, your wife and your dr have it covered. Praying for clear tests and calm days.

    Yay for family vacations and other good news though!!

  • USA prayers coming from Chez Porvaznik as well. God watch over the Middlest Turbo.

  • -fritz-

    What was the frosting on our cake this week? As I posted on Thanksgiving Day, “I don’t know what the future holds, but I do know Who holds the future. I’m thankful to God for all I’ve had, all I have and for the peace that comes with knowing that whatever comes next I’ll be able to handle it with His help and guidance.” Little did I know how that would be tested, but it is no less true today. It was still a helluva week in the Turbo household and we have no less or more to be thankful for this week than last I think. What I do have is a deeper appreciation for my blessings.

    Amen, Floyd, Amen!

  • Tink in Cali

    Prayers here too.

  • Matt Helm

    Praying that she’s fine. A student of mine had a seizure a couple of years ago and all of her tests came back fine. Her doctor said that it just happens sometimes.

  • That’s got to be terribly stressful for a parent. Prayers.

  • JimmyC

    Sounds like life’s been bittersweet for you lately- I can relate. Keeping your daughter in my thoughts and prayers, and glad you’re back.

  • May God bless you and your family. I will join the others here in prayer.

  • Stephanie

    OH man Floyd…the littlest Angel will get my prayers big time.

  • Loyal Goatherd

    Keep counting your blessings, if this had to happen during this week, it was the best time possible, could have been much worse and worrisome in the air or on the island. Little solace, I know. Folks do forget, the one set of footprints. Continued blessings on you and yours, so let it be, we pray.

  • She’s probably reacting to being back in California. Seriously though, I hope and pray she’s OK. Welcome home!

  • Mrs.Make.Do

    Prayers from here, too.

  • Texacalirose

    Floydee, count my prayers in!! My younger Sun had a febrile seizure when he was two years old and it was just awful, harmless but frightening. I hope your precious daughter’s was harmless as well.

  • And I thought our vacation was eventful. Your daughter and family will be in our prayers.

  • Prayers from my family to yours.

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