Our daughter is currently dealing with a bout of HSP, which is a type of vasculitis.  It initially looked like hives, but instead of just going away, they left red, purple, and sometimes even black bruises.   After several days of worrying and not being able to schedule appointments with our regular doctor, we ended up in the emergency room for nine hours. Up to this point we had been blessed to be able to stay out of the ER. Nothing dramatic has ever happened to our kids, so this was our first time dealing with the emergency room madness. I have to say that it was pretty much as bad as I was expecting, but we have a lot of things to be thankful for, so I am posting them here.

Our kid is not really that sick.
She was pretty much the superstar at the ER. Her smiles and chatter made her a very popular patient.  Because the condition that she is “suffering” from is not particularly painful at this point, her demeanor is still very happy and cheerful. So at the end of the night, we got to take her home. We are thankful for that,  because not everybody gets to do that.
Friends who will take your kids overnight at the drop of a hat.
We happen to have a lot of these. They are the best.
People who work all night long so that our kids never have to be without care.
They are one of the great things about our healthcare system.
Anesthesiologists.
These are people who do what they do because they don’t like to see people in pain, whether that means administering anesthesia to a kid in surgery, or using machines to find the quickest, most painless way to draw blood from a baby girl who’s had needles fruitlessly dug around in her veins for an hour and a half.  Ours happened to be doing both, and we are so thankful for him.
Considerate family members, friends, and workplaces that extend a little bit of grace or a helping hand the next day.
Offering to watch kids so that we can catch up on sleep, letting Bubba come into work a little bit late and not being penalized for it, canceling plans with us in order to let us rest and heal… It is so nice to have people in our lives who are so thoughtful.
We are thankful for all of these things and more.  I could keep going with this list, but these are the first things that come to mind.
Please join us in praying that the HSP will not have any serious or long lasting effects on Naomi’s kidneys or intestine.