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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!

I just thought I'd do a quick post to wish everyone a Happy New Year. I haven't been on the computer nor have I felt like it so I thought I'd give a quick update as to why. Our New Year has turned out extra special as we can thank God our little granddaughter Emma is still with us.  We almost lost her in the wee hours of Christmas morning.  She contacted a virus that turned into pneumonia which triggered a life threatening asthma attack.  Emma wouldn't be here now if it wasn't for the fact that her Mom (Brandi) was so worried about her after having her to emerg twice (the last time just getting home at 5:30 p.m. Christmas Eve) that she took her into their bed Christmas Eve and seeing she was in distress rushed her back to emergency at 2:30 a.m. because she couldn't breathe, the doctor and team in Woodstock worked on her and saved her life. Once they got her stable they sent her by ambulance to Sick Kids in London where she then had an allergic reaction to the meds they gave her and spent 3 days in ICU before being moved to the pediatric ward. She is now home and still recovering but it is something we will never forget. I still feel a little shaken and tear up very easily.  We are looking at this as the best Christmas and New Year's we have ever had as we are so grateful we still have our Emma! 


This was Emma the day before she came home from the hospital after they removed most of the tubes and wires. Her Mom sent me a picture from her phone so I could see she was okay. She was such a little trooper through the whole ordeal.  Five days after Christmas when she was able to come home she sang Christmas carols all the way home because she thought it was Christmas day.  And I'll tell you it was the best feeling in the world to see her, as weak as she was, to be so excited to come home and open her presents with her family.


This was Fred and Gloria waiting for Emma.  Little do they know it will be awhile before they can see her.

I'll probably be back to my regular blogging and catch up next week but while I'm gone remember, life can change in an instant, so go give the ones you love a great big hug! 

Happy New Year from all of us to all of you!  

58 comments:

  1. Woof! Woof! Happy New Year. Glad Emma is home. Sending Lots of Golden LOVE. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

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  2. Oh poor sweet Emma. Know she is and will be a part of our prayers. I had to smile that she sang Christmas songs on the way home. Kids, you gotta love them. Each and everyday is truly a gift. I am glad she is home now and hope for a speedy recovery. Blessings to you and your family.
    Goose and MOM

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  3. What a frightening time for all of you. So glad to hear that Emma is home and doing well. I hope the New Year is good to all of you.

    Cindy & Millie

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  4. wow, your poor grandbaby went through so much! i can only imagine how relieved you now are knowing she's going to be okay.

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  5. Really don't know what to say, except so glad she is OK and I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Years together.

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  6. That was certainly a scary time...but we are so happy Emma is going to be okay

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  7. I had no idea that she was so sick, how terrifying. Thank goodness she will be ok

    urban hounds

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  8. Sending hugs and healing paw to dear Emma. Her recovery is the best Christmas present of all.
    Wishing you all a Happy New Year.
    We hope 2013 is a good one for you and the year is filled with joy and fun.
    Best wishes Molly

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  9. Sending love and hugs to you, and to little Emma too. Hope she makes a quick recovery xxx

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  10. I'm so glad to hear your grandbaby is ok. Sending lots of love and hugs your way!

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  11. OMG! OMG! Dis sent chills all down me, I is so very sorry ya'll haded to go through dis. It's always harder when it is a child dat is sick. Thank goodness little Emma has a very attentive mom and wonderful doctors. We will be prayin' her continues to recover and gets back to her normal self.

    Puddles

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  12. You had a true Christmas miracle and we are so happy Emma(great name btw) will be ok. The doggies and her will have a wonderful reunion when it is time :)

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  13. How scary! I.m glad she made it through.
    You are right, live everyday as if it was the last.

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  14. OH MY! I am so happy everything turned out OK. Bless that sweet little girl!

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  15. Oh wow that is extremely scary. I am so happy to hear that she is recovering. Give her a hug from the brown dawgs. :)

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  16. Another Christmas Miracle! We thank heavens that Emma is going to be OK. I'm so sorry that you all had to go thru that.

    Little doxie's sending her great BIG hugs!

    Hugs,
    Lily Belle & Muffin

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  17. OMD, I'm so sorry for the scare you all must have had. But what a Christmas blessing to have her home again safe and sound. So happy to hear she's okay.

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  18. I am happy everything is going good....Happy New Year, my friends!

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  19. OH Poor sweet little Emma. I am so thrilled that everything FINALLY turned out OKAY for her and that she was able to enjoy her Christmas... even if it was a bit late. THANK GOD for GOOD Doctors and Hospitals.

    May you have a Wonderful New Year. We will be here when you are able to return.

    You are SO right about ALWAYS giving those we love OUR BEST Every single day!

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  20. Oh I am so sorry to hear all this....Emma is such a sweetheart....Sophie and I send masses hugs and licks and healthy healing vibes your way.

    Regards Ron

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  21. Wow, that's so horribly scary, but what a happy ending! whew. What a cutie mini-two-legger she is and I'm sending wishes for many many more happy holidays for your whole pack.
    Grr and Woof,
    Sarge, COP

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  22. May Emma continue to get better and recover.

    xo Cinnamon

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  23. I am sitting reading this post with HUGE bug eyes!!! You must have been beside yourself with worry - I am so sorry to hear that you & your family had to go through such a terrifying experience BUT I am so happy to hear that little Emma is doing so much better and is on the mend.

    Sending you & your family lots of love and wishes for a happy, healthy 2013!
    Robyn (and Wally & Sammy)

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  24. What an incredibly AWFUL scare and experience. Thank GOD little Emma is ok, and that Brandi's "Mom" instincts were on full alert. You received the BEST gift ever. Please send gorgeous Emma hugs and kisses from us!

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  25. Sending lots of wags, thoughts and happy sniffies to your lovely Emma!

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  26. That's so scary. Poor, sweet Emma. I'm so glad she is recovering. What an amazing gift.
    Lots of love to you and Emma and your family! Happy New Year! I hope it's a very healthy and happy year for Emma and the rest of your family.

    xoxo
    Marquie, Lassie & Petal

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  27. Wow! How scary! I am so thankful Emma will be ok.

    Happy (and Healthy) New Year!

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  28. Oh my goodness how terrifying. Glad all is well. Happy New Year
    Benny & Lily

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  29. Thank goodness little Emma was alright, it must have been such a shock for you all.
    Happy New Year to you all, hope 2013 brings good health, happiness and peace.
    Lynne x

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  30. So glad Emma is okay! Wishing you all the best for 2013 and beyond.

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  31. Happy New Year. Glad to hear Emma is doing better.

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  32. OMD! You must have been SO scared for your little Emma! Yea Mom to her quick action, never ignore your gut. I am glad she is doing well, and paws crossed this is over, and she will be 100% from now on!
    Kisses,
    Ruby

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  33. Oh my gosh Janet, that sounds totally frightening. Thank goodness everything is ok. Sounds like Emma is a strong little girl with a quick thinking mum and dad. It will definitely take you a while to settle your nerves (as they say) so relax and rest and enjoy your family. Take care all. No worries, and love, Carol (and Stella and Rory)

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  34. Mom says pneumonia is really scary stuff so we are very glad Emma is better. Has she opened her pressies by now?

    Stay Calm & Bark On,

    Murphy & Stanley

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  35. I've missed you, but just thought you were taking a holiday break. Wow. What a truly frightening break! So glad that Emma is alright. Life has a way of catching us by surprise... and reminding us to cherish every moment.

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  36. It's me again...little Emma has been on my mind aaaaaaaaall day since I read bout her. Just know we is all thinkin' of her and da family.

    Puddles

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  37. Oh my goodness, what a terrifying time for your family. I'm so glad to hear she was okay in the end. You are so right - things can change in a heartbeat and we all have to cherish every moment! (I'm going to go kiss my dog.)

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    1. (I feel like I should add that I *would* kiss my hubby too - but he's just not home right now! I'll kiss him when he gets home!)

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  38. Poor, poor baby!!! I'm glad she's okay
    Nola

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  39. OH my what a scary holiday for you and your family. We are truly grateful that little Emma is recuperating.

    Peace to you
    Julie

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  40. My goodness! That must have been terrifying! We're so glad she's such a trooper! Love!

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  41. Oh my goodness, that must have been so frightening! I am so so glad Emma is okay!

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  42. Oh my gosh! Thank God she is OK! Sending love and support across the miles!

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  43. Thank God that she is all right!!! What a scary thing to have to go through...at any time!! I suffer from asthma as well, so I know how scary it can be. Especially so for the little ones. So glad that it all worked out for you. Kids are amazing troopers when it comes to bouncing back from these things! Happy New Year to you all. Jeanne, Chloe and LadyBug

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  44. So happy Emma is going to be ok! I thought you and Brandi were just on holiday vacation from blogging. I never imagined you were going through such a scare. Emma sure is a trooper!

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  45. Oh, Emma is DARLING. I'm so glad she's alive and well.

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  46. Oh my. I am so glad that Emma is recovering. I can only imagine how awful those days were for you. We've missed you but take all the time that you need.

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  47. Hello, that's just awful, what thing to have to go through. So happy that little Emma is doing better. Thinking of you all.
    Best wishes Ivan

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  48. Janet, I can just imagine what your family has been through. It is perfectly normal to tear up and cry your head off for joy now! Poor little Emma, what a sweetheart.
    Sending all our good wishes your way.
    Jim, Ron and Sophie

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  49. That is so scary! I am thrilled that she is feeling better! Give extra hugs all the way around!! My mom woiuld still be crying...she teared up just reading it!

    ~Higgins

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  50. Yikes! What a scary time for all of you! I am so grateful to hear Emma is doing well - thank God indeed!

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  51. Oh wow, how scary!! I'm SO happy Emma is getting well again - give her a big hug from me too!! :)

    Happy New Year to you all,

    Your pal Snoopy :)

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  52. Oh my God Janet, that's SO scary. My eyes filled with tears reading this post, especially the part about sweet little Emma singing Christmas carols all the way home from the hospital. What a little angel she is! I can't imagine what you all went through during those frightening hours and days. You're right - having Emma healthy is the absolute best gift ever. Blessings to you all, and many wishes for a happy, HEALTHY new year.

    PS- What a wonderful pic of Freddie and Gloria!

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  53. So glad Emma is okay. That is so scary and I hope you never have to go through anything like that again.

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  54. This blog post made me tear up big time Janet! What a real miracle of events, truly! Thank you to everyone who helped save her life. I can imagine it was one truly blessed 'after Christmas' Christmas. My prayers will be with you and your family, praying that Emma recovers fully and never has another episode.
    Hugs, prayers and lots of love,
    Jenny and Pixel

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  55. It was dog food. Beef livers with onions in a can. You open it up and it looks like vomit.
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    http://your-dogs-diet.blogspot.com

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