Sunday, September 14, 2008

Our new nephew

We were so happy to meet our new nephew, Graham, yesterday! He is absoloutely precious and I savored every newborn snuggle moment I had with him. Here is Jo Jo with her 4 grandkids - Mac, Graham, Ford and Claire (2yrs, 2 weeks, 10 months and 2 1/2 years).



Here is the proud new mama with her boy . . .
And here are two of my favorites that I snapped of him while we were there . . .

Our visit was way too short! I know he will be a different baby the next time we see him (in just a few weeks!) because they grow so very fast! We are so thankful for him and can't wait to watch him grow up!

We got back late last night because we had to serve on the "Emergency Medical Response Team" at church. Don't ask me how we got involved in that (hint . . . we were asked!) because we - especially Rhett - are the medical types that generally wait to see who ELSE is going to volunteer before we do in those types of situations outside of the hosptial. So we felt kind of dorky and uncool being on the ER team but we were happy to serve if they needed us. I joked with Rhett before we left that I don't code adults so I would take the kid emergencies and he would handle the adults. We got our orientation quickly before the service - here's the walky-talky and ear piece, here are the specialy marked seats, here's the AED etc, etc. We were told we could mostly expects cuts and broken teeth in the nursery. What are the chances that anything bad would happen, right?

About 10 minutes into the service we see a ruckus down front and a crowd of people forming. Our Pastor asked for help and then asked everyone to stop and pray. I see the commotion and say "Rhett! That's us let's go!". We meet a team of ushers and various other good samaritans carrying an unconsious older gentleman up the aisle. I took one look at him and ran to get the AED (defibrillator). We got him out where we could work on him and at that point no one could find a pulse. The guy couldn't have had more medical care if he wanted it - there were was a surgeon, a few doctors, several nurses and even a nurse anesthetist. We would have been in business if we had any real equipment to work with! We went to work with a bloodpressure cuff and a stethescope and worked pretty well together as a team to help the poor guy. It turns out he had a seizure (although he had a significant cardiac history and was recovering from a stroke) and ended up doing OK and being sent off in an ambulance. So an exciting way to start our service on the ER team! I hope we don't have a black cloud over us!
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4 comments:

The Kenyons said...

Those pictures you took of Graham are precious!! I have not seen him since the day he was born, wow they change fast! Well, looks like it was a interesting morning for you on the ER team!

Stephanie said...

precious nephew....

WHAT???? That story sounds made up:) Remind me not to visit when you are on the ER team:) Glad the guy was okay. That is crazy!!!

Shanan said...

Man oh man...talk about drama on initiation night! Did the man end up surviving? How scary! I love the cousin pictures. I think the three older ones look like cousins - their noses and the outside edges of their eyes. Those Shirley children only get cuter as they grow up...and Fordy is just a doll. I can't believe his first birthday is only a month away! AHHH - time flies so fast!

Are We There Yet?? said...

Good gracious!! That is some church drama!

Graham is precious! The Shirley family just gets cuter and cuter.