Tuesday, October 20, 2009


Abigail's first sink bath!!

There is now a sense of relief at the Mann house. We know what we are up against, and can move forward with handling it. It's daunting, but done by one in ten Americans all the time.

Asthma. Abigail has asthma. We spent the morning at a pulmanologist at Riley Hospital for Children. Apparently children who appear sick (wheezing, coughing, running nose) but act fine are most likely dealing with an asthma attack. Over the past thirteen months there have been few times when she has been sick and not seemed fine.

Hopefully this will at very least cut down on what appears to be illnesses, trips to the doctors, and taking medicine (aside from her asthma meds). I don't know that relief is what most people feel when they find out their child has asthma, but the fears of what might be going on were way scarier.

I don't know if I can put into words how thankful I am to have such a great hospital near us. We have had nothing but good experiences there. Even the x-ray technician today was amazing and kind. Abigail will hopefully only remember that she got ducks and a bear from Riley today. I will remember the people who explained everything to me, were kind to my baby bug, and treated us with respect.

I also have to mention that I am incredibly thankful for Jodee. She is Abigail's biological sister's adoptive mother. She went with me today, and feed Abigail cheerios while the doctor explained things to me. She hauled our bags from place to place as we had a few test done. She talked to me, and entertained Abigail. But probably the thing that made the day the most peaceful to me was that she drove. I hate driving in Indy and am incredibly directionally challenged. So not having to worry about that meant that I was not anxious when we arrived, or stressed on the way home with a worn out little girl (who slept all the way home).

So over all we have something else to face medically, but are both relieved that it is not the worst case scenario. It will mean more trips to Riley, but hopefully that will give me the push I need to develop confidence in driving back and forth to the outpatient parking garage from our driveway!!

Peace filled parents,


  1. My heart is full and happy to hear this update!

  2. Sometimes it's nice just to have a diagnosis. Hoping her asthma is manageable!