Sunday, February 6, 2011

Weekly Challenge #8

This will have to be a very quick post.
For those of you who have come by this weekend looking for the Challenge slideshow, my apologies. It's in the works, i swear - but we've had something come up unexpectedly: It's interesting that last week's challenge is the very thing that Artoo is uncapable of.

Starting on Thursday this week, Artoo started getting a cold - and it progressively worse - with a thick and heavy cough and wheezing.  On Saturday afternoon, i took him to the local clinic and was promptly sent to the Emergency Room at the hospital across town - where Artoo was admitted for Respiratory Distress.  They have done some tests to see what type of viral infection he has, but we will not know the results until tomorrow.

Artoo was not eating, and what we could get him to eat he would throw up minutes later.  So when we arrived at the Emergency room he was very dehydrated on top of having trouble breathing.  There's just so much mucous and being so young and a preemie at that, he lacks the tools to cope with something like this.  In essense, he was drowing in mucous.

The nurses had a very difficult time getting an IV in him yesterday, which was horrible to watch them fish around in his little head for a vein that would stay strong enough to insert the IV.  They had to call down specialists from the Neonatal unit to come and put in the IV, and even THEY had a difficult time. 

He's been on the IV since we got admitted yesterday, as well as Oxygen, and a whole handful of various leads and monitors... add to all this his fancy new boots and braces for his club feet, it's pretty tricky to maneuver him.

He's been getting fluids via IV, but we've been feeding him by bottle bit by bit, to get him back up to where he can take a full feed by bottle.  They did lower his oxygen a bit today, and they've been giving him a puffer to help him breathe and he's been sleeping pretty deeply.

Right now i'm writing all of this from the Pediatric Ward Play Room at the hospital.

I came with the intent of postponing this week's challenge, but my hubby had a great idea.

So, this week's challenge is to create a heart, using TWO previous challenges (Found Here) together.  So, maybe you use Ixorus and a Double String, or a Blind String with Starry Eyed Surprise... and maybe you could send your healing intent to our little baby as you do your entry. 

I will do the challenge and post my entry when things have calmed down on the home front - and i promise to get the Slideshow for last week's challenge up and running as soon as i'm able.  In fact, i was in the middle of creating it when we decided we should probably take Artoo to a doctor yesterday.

If you have a blog, add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here)  Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;)

If you don't have a blog but still want to participate, you can email your tile to me and i will post it here. (See the contact tab above for my email address)

The deadline for each weekly challenge is Saturday night so that i can round everyone up by Sunday. What this means is that i will stop adding tiles to the slideshow on Sunday. You're still more than welcome to do the challenges and add your name to the linkey machine.

I will be more diligent with the linkey machine - by editing out the ones that don't work, the doubles, the links that lead to nowhere, the links that go just to blog home pages (this is why we need those site specific urls), and the spam. And there is some spam. :(


62 comments:

  1. Bless your sweet boy, and may he be well again quickly. I'll keep him in my prayers and know that with your love and concern he'll be well as soon as possible. I hope he can be made more comfortable for now and that they can get meds to work on his illnes quickly. Poor little bunny! Tell your husband he did a great job on designing a challenge and take your time with the slide show and your example - Artoo is the priority and I'm sure everyone can appreciate that, even Big Brother. Hang in there, baby! (((hugs)))

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  2. Praying hard for complete healing for you and your baby boy. Your challenge last week seems to have been a premonition of sorts that you have to keep breathing, too. Will think of you all as you continue on this journey of waiting.

    Be Blessed.

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  3. Thinking of you and your beautiful family with All My Heart right now. LOVE and PEACE to you all. xoxo

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  4. Prayers said for Artoo, and you- for his comfort and breathing, and for your comfort and peace of mind...
    Xa Lynn

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  5. Prayers for you and Artoo! May he be better as I write this!

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  6. Holding you and Artoo in my prayers! Keep Breathing!

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  7. Awe bless your sweet hearts, Praying for you!

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  8. Poor little Artoo.....so small and helpless when sickness arrives. He will be in our hearts and in our prayers....and so are you, your husband,and your other little one. May you find peace in your hearts!

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  9. Laura, I am praying for little Artoo and you and your family. I am so sorry he is so sick. May you all be well soon.

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  10. I'm praying right now and will keep you and Artoo in my prayers. Cast all your worry on God, because He cares for you.

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  11. First of all: I will pray for Artoo and you all. Hoping he will be well pretty soon!
    My love is with you.

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  12. My heart goes out to you and your babies and your husband. I will say a prayer for your family. May God's infinite power bless and care for all of you. Right now you need to care for yourself and your family. We have forever to wait. Do not worry about us.

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  13. WOW Laura...{{hugs}} to all of you. Artoo, little man, hang in there! Focus your energy on him and We will all be doing the same while we tangle our intentions your way. Peace be with you!

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  14. Thinking of you and little Artoo Laura. Sending warm hugs your way.

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  15. hugs and love flying to you from romania too !be strong ! hope he's on the good way already...aspecting news from you,when you can of course...

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  16. May he be strong, his lungs become clear by the hands of the doctors and nurses and medicines to work miracles as intended in his little body. And the love and support of you, your husband and his big brother help him down the road to recovery. My heart wrenches at the thought of him being in pain… Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery!

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  17. Sending good thoughts and {hugs} to you and Artoo!

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  18. Holding you, Artoo and the rest of your family in the Light. You have had quite a time with your little guy and I'm sorry to hear about this latest hurdle. I hope it gets resolved soon and that you feel the love coming your way.

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  19. I too will keep your little precious man and family in my prayers..and I do agree with Ruby when she said that we can wait...you and your family ned to come first.. I believe that as we all combine our love and prayers we can aid in the recovery of your little Artoo..Be well little man..be well...our "Hearts" are with you.

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  20. oh no.. :(

    sending you guys lots of love!

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  21. Laura, Sending Artoo, you, and your family good thoughts and prayers. Take care, Sue

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  22. What a wonderful community you have created here. May you feel comforted that so many creative folks are praying for your family. I can not imagine how difficult this must be. I admire you that you can even worry about getting a challenge for this week up. I add my prayers for healing.

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  23. I'm so sorry that Artoo is back in the hospital. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Thanks for all you do in the midst of such a stressful time in your life. Please know we're all thinking about you and sending you big hugs and hearts!

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  24. Laura, so many heards and thoughts are with your family, from everywhere around the world.

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  25. This "challenge" is simple: sending the love. Little Artoo is one lucky boy to have such an outpouring dedicated to his healing! We are all standing with you and your family, Laura.

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  26. Hi, Laura
    Sorry about your little fellow getting sick again. Poor thing. I'm glad for you to have the zentangles to draw and help you ease your mind while you wait for your little man to get well again.

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  27. My hearts of healing are posted for Artoo!

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  28. Praying for Artoo. My heart has been posted

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  29. Praying for you, Artoo and the rest of your family. My healing heart for Artoo has been posted.

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  30. Hey, honey, hope your bunny is improving quickly. I'll keep up the prayer power until we know!

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  31. Laura, you are a soldier, keeping us entertained and looking after your lovely family as well. Love and hugs for you, and brave little Arto.

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  32. Hi. I am VERY new to zentangling, only started LAST week in fact but already hooked!!! I hope you find time to have a look at my little offering... it was made with little Artoo in mind, in the hope he keeps fighting and strong... Thanks for looking
    Frankie
    xx

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  33. Hi there. Am sending Light and multiple hearts to you and your little guy. I hope that his breathing is becoming easier. I have linked to my Flickr account my contribution to the Challenge. Best to you and your little guy.

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  34. hoping the best for your little guy.I will light a candle for him.

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  35. My heart and prayers go to you and your baby.

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  36. I hope your little one is doing better and you have both been able to get some rest. Thanks for another great challenge! I'll be thinking of and sending positive vibes your way!

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  37. Sending healing energy for Artoo from the other half of the world, dear.

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  38. Loving prayers to your family! Little Artoo has lots of blessings and support heading his way.....

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  39. I've posted my heart challenge. Hope all is well with Artoo.

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  40. I hope that Artoo is doing better - sending my hearts his way.

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  41. I really feel for you all - more than you can know - I'll send my heart shortly but I've been thinking of you all since you first posted this week's challenge. Get well little Artoo! xxx and ooo

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  42. My simple heart ZT this week, in answer to The Call for support — sending Artoo metta: "love that is firm but not grasping, unshakeable but not inflexible, gentle and settled, hard but unhurting, helpful but not interfering, giving more than receiving, dignified but not proud, soft but not sentimental".

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  43. Hope Artoo is doing better.. thoughts and prayers for you all..
    Great challenge.. have posted my link..
    xx

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  44. {{hugs}}, positive healing thoughts to you and your family Laura. I spent my Tangle meditating on sending that energy your way! I hope it reached you!

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  45. Laura, I'm thinking of you, Artoo and your family constantly and am lifting up prayers for healing, comfort, peace and rest. May you be blessed by all the love that is being sent in these challenge entries.

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  46. Laura, I hope Artoo is doing well. I made a zentangle for him called Hugs for Artoo.

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  47. We're praying for Artoo and his mama <3

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  48. Still keeping your Artoo and family in my heart, even though he is now home with you all again. I know it takes a while for all that mucous to get out fully… Stay strong little one!

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  49. Here is my Challenge of the Week No. 8. My BlogSpot is at it again. It's not letting me upload any images for some reason. I can still post, but only text.

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  50. What an amazing community here - never doubt the power of the universe - so glad that Artoo is home and on the mend. Healing thoughts are still being sent to you.

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  51. I am amazed at how so many people from so many lifestyles seem to be thinking the same thing. I have found that with this challenge we almost all used the same challenges and all for this Little man ARtoo andhis family.(be well Artoo).Thank you everyone for sharing and I am so glad that I found this site and we can all combine our efforts to send love and prayers to this family we are just getting to know. I truly believe in the power of prayer and in such large numbers, how can we go wrong?!?!?!
    I can't wait to see what the next challenge will be...Come on Monday!!!!

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  52. So glad that Artoo is improving, and Yes! this community is Just Awesome!!

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  53. Glad Artoo is home! Sent out many prayers. Take care!

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  54. Moody and broody this week. This community is inspiring.

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  55. glad to hear your little one is better !
    finally i made my" heart "sing :)
    all the bests!

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  56. I'm relieved little Artoo Is doing better & you are back home. Thought about you guys all week. Your strength during all this amazes me!

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  57. I jut posted a 2nd Challenge No. 8. This was a nice one.

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  58. I am new with a blog. I love to tangle

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  59. I'm late with this one, so I posted both challenge #8 and #9 in the same post.

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  60. Hearts, just in time for Valentine's Day! I used your simplicity and orbs challenges for inspiration.

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tangle me some zen, baby!!