We've had a very wicked enemy with us the past 12 days and we
are trying to kill it. It's called Pertussis/Whooping Cough. I've got
it. Dennis escaped it, thank goodness.
I didn't realize until yesterday that we need a Pertussis booster
every 10 years….To quote my Dr, "Actually the booster only lasts
3-7 years, but we offer it every 10 years." And then she turned both
her palms up as if to say…'I know, doesn't make sense.'
Something about how the shot is not as strong as the one we had
growing up. …which would explain why Pertussis is back with a
So I've been homebound for the past 12 days. But since I've been
on antibiotics, I'm no longer contagious. Strange that before this
illness is even very bad, the contagion period is over already. But
the symptoms continue to progress. Or like my Dr explained
yesterday, "You are no longer contagious, but when you are
around people, wear a mask to make them feel more at ease."
Funny, because she said that while she was wearing a mask, and I
had a mask on, and so did the nurse!
One good thing I have going for me is I have not had an
antibiotic in over 10 years. So the two I am taking now might
be able to kick this Pertussis, or so thinks my Dr.
However, my odds would be a lot greater in my favor if I had
started on the meds the very day I was exposed, or at least the first
day I had symptoms. But I didn't know that then. "Best if started
within 72 hours of symptoms."
I have a really good immune system. I just don't catch things like
colds and flus and viruses. But Pertussis does not care how
healthy you are. It is extremely contagious to every unprotected
person who is in the same room with an infected person.
So let's see, what should I write about from bed….
Btw, if you have any sad Pertussis stories or horrors, I can't
handle knowing them right now. Save them until I'm well okay?
But if you know of anything that may help, I'd love to hear. My
Dr keeps telling me, "There is nothing that helps this. There is no
Even though I caught this from my sweet little granddaughter, I
am very thankful she is on the mend. It's still going to be rough for
her for a while.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
We've had a very wicked enemy with us the past 12 days and we
Friday, November 21, 2014
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Whenever I bring my laptop into our bedroom, a sign flashes
across the screen saying that Clovis Unified School denies access.
This has been going on for over 2 years!
I kept putting off calling the elementary school across the street
who is "denying access" thinking they would just be really nice
about it, apologize and then refer me to their main office. In other
words, they wouldn't know what to do about it either.
But I had lots of extra time today so I called.
The office lady answered and seemed polite enough at first.
I began: "I have a problem I'm hoping you can help me with or at
least point me in the right direction. We live on the next street
over, and we're not able to get the internet in one room of our
home because Clovis Unified is denying access."
I don't know why that struck a cord with her but it did. She came
flying back with, "You need to quit using our provider and get one
of your own."
"I'm not using your provider. We have our own provider, but
Clovis Unified denies access to our own provider. We don't want
to be on your provider. "
But before I got that last sentence out completely she interrupted
me and said, "So what is the name of your provider? What is the
name of your provider?" she asked me twice. Like she was daring
me to come up with something
"Well when you go to sign up next time DON'T choose Clovis
"I'm not choosing Clovis Unified! It just comes on and takes over."
Raising her voice a notch she says, "Mam, I can't help you. I can't
help you. You need to get your own provider and not use ours"
"I can't help you!" she interrupts even more irritated.
"Okay, thanks anyway."
Oh my. No progress there. But looking at the clock, when I called,
it was 3:45. Not probably the best time at an elementary school.
Maybe this woman was tired, and hungry. Maybe she had a fever
and sore throat. Maybe her husband just left her.
Whatever, this little experience gave me the chance to practice
It was easy to do having just read this on another blog today.
It's written by a man named Hank Smith:
like a lot of stress for a dad, so I prayed we would avoid it.
recovering, I heard people shouting in the room that shared a wall with our room. A man and a woman
were shouting at each other. We waited for a few minutes, but it didn’t stop. We couldn’t hear what they
were saying, but they sounded really angry and really frustrated.
with their baby in there? Besides, didn’t they just celebrate Christmas?”
wife had just had a baby and the people in the room next door were making it absolutely impossible for
her to sleep. The nurse at the desk was flustered, but promised me she would talk to them.
doctor pointed at the door of the room where all the shouting had come from the night before. He shook
his head and said, “Poor couple. Their baby passed away in delivery a few days ago.”
again, to the reality that everyone you meet is facing a battle you know nothing about.
Sunday, November 16, 2014
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
We did it! We met them!
Thanks to Familysearch.org I was able to connect with family who live just a few miles from us.
Family I never knew about. They also go to the same church (although a different ward and stake than
us) so NO WONDER they looked so familiar to me!
First, here I am with is my newly found cousin Sterling Ingrim. His great grandmother is the sister of
my great grandfather….which also means we have the same great great grandparents.
and next is …
is their daughter and son-in-law, Monique and Anthony Garcia…with one of their daughters, Sarah,
on the end. These pictures don't do them justice. They are a very cute family.
I could feel such a wonderfully loving spirit in their home as soon as Dennis and I walked through their
front door. We traded stories and family history….they made us feel comfortable right from the
We learned about some common threads of health among their family and ours. Also some interesting
stories if you can follow this very unusual story: Sterling and Sheri were born in the same
hospital in San Jose 2 days apart. Sheri's parents (Bliss and Mary Anderson) owned a beauty salon,
and Sterling's Grandma (Evelyn) had her hair done by Sheri's Dad (Bliss).
(sorry to interrupt, but this would be like my Dad doing Dennis' grandma's hair!)
Okay, back to the story….
When Sterling joined our church in 1970, his Grandma Evelyn told him he should write to Bliss
(Sheri's Dad) because he was Mormon. So then Sterling and Bliss corresponded, and Bliss tried to get
his daughter, Sheri to read the letters but she said she was not interested. (But when no one was around,
Sheri would read Sterling's letters!)
After Sterling got out of the Army, he came to San Jose to visit his Grandma Evelyn. He called Sheri's
mom and told her that since they had been hearing about one another their whole lives, they should
probably meet. Six weeks later Sterling and Sheri were married in the Oakland temple!
Another interesting fact: About 2 years ago Dennis and I put a bid on a home just 1 1/2 blocks from
Monique and Anthony's home. Even though our bid was higher than the asking price, someone asked
even more. So we didn't get that house. Had we moved there we would have known the Garcia family
earlier (we would have both been in Shepherd ward) but we still would not have known we were
related until I had responded to Monique's entries on Familysearch.org
Rozier, was their 2nd child. Sterling's great grandma was their 4th child, Mary Elizabeth Rozier
Monday, November 10, 2014
Last week there was this mystery person adding data to our family tree on Familysearch.org
So I thought I would just email this person to see if I'd get a response.
I wondered….who is this person and where did she get all the info to share?
Familysearch.org is free to all, but the majority are still from our church.
So I wondered….could this person making all these entries also be LDS like we are?
I had never found anyone who is Mormon in our family tree, except of course my parents and
siblings and then on from there. But no one else. Although I've often figured that as fast as this church
is growing, there must be someone somewhere who is LDS that we are related to.
I am still in awe how this unfolded.
The best way to explain is to share excerpts from emails over 2 days of time.
First is the one I put out there for the mystery person adding to our family tree.
(Keep in mind as your read below, that these are only small excerpts from our emails.
And I will call her M until I get permission to share her name. I'm blue. She's red.)
search about the Rozier and Wiley family. I was excited to see this. I love working on
My parents joined the church in 1955, when I was just a year old.
What ward are you in?
My 16 year old daughter has gone to a place called Family Camp the past 2 summers with
friends. She has become really good friends with Alex Rozier. She texted him tonight to see
if he knew you and he said you are his aunt! She was ecstatic! She said "Mom! I actually had
family at family camp and didn't even know it!"...
This is pretty amazing. I have this GIANT stack of papers all about the Roziers that my Dad gave me
about a year ago and this week I literally started praying about where to begin or how to start going
through them because it is so intimidating. Then you email me, and my parents who never get to visit
just happen to be driving down (from Washington) and will be here Sunday afternoon.
anywhere, but she is in the SAME town as me….and for her daughter to know my nephew
Alex….and for her daughter to be at Family Camp of all places the past 2 summers (which is
Den and I are going to their home tonight to meet them….family we didn't know we had in this same
town, just a few miles away. How bizarre is this all. If they are comfortable with pictures, hopefully I
will come back with some.
Friday, November 7, 2014
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Saturday, November 1, 2014
stifling laughs from the things they say.
On the way to the restaurant the other night I asked them
what they usually have for breakfast at home.
Rachel said she loves these "little packets of dust"
they stir into milk.
Sounds tasty! :)
I snuck in their bedrooms yesterday morning
and this is what I saw…..
but they had their Halloween costumes laid out just so….
and put on when it's time to party!
All the way from Logan, Utah.
but at least we had these 4 with us.
the personality I know she has, and that HAIR.