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One Year.

Tomorrow marks the one year anniversary of a very devastating time for our community.

One word – Meningitis.

Even now that wound is so very fresh. That thought of, “that could have been my child” is still forefront in each parents mind more often than not.

I can’t even begin to address the rumors my son was coming home from school with on a daily basis immediately following this tragedy. Things such as, “they cut Jeremiah’s legs off with a chainsaw” or “we’re all going to die” or even “if it’s not in a bottle I can’t drink it because it might make me sick”. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

I remember that day very vividly.

I was at work, a new office job in Tulsa, with my best friend and sister-in-law when my phone rang. A good friend of mine, who never calls because all of our communication is via text, was on the other line so of course I answered it.

All I heard from that conversation was, “Two kids at the school have died. You might want to pick up your son”. I don’t know how I made it through that conversation. Tears streaming down my face, I walked into my best friends office and handed her the phone. I remember asking her to call my ex-husband to pick up E-man from school and to find out what was going on. I sat on the sofa in her office crying, wanting to hug my children but in no shape to drive, listening to her as she called the school and my ex-husband and I’m not sure who else trying to find out what was going on.

I left work early that day. As soon as I was able to drive that is.

We ended up in the ER with ZigZag that night, running a fever over 102 degrees. More than a little stressed considering the circumstances of the day. The ER doctor was great and checked ZigZag for meningitis just in case. It was Roseola.  It came out in conversation that he didn’t think it was meningitis but he’d already had one patient die from meningitis that day and he didn’t want to lose another. It was a rough day for him too.

The children who died still have siblings in our school. And you can hear little whisperings amongst the students from time to time. They remember. They know that their friends, Andrew and Shuache, should be here playing with them and planning birthday parties and slumber parties and Spring Break festivities. But they are not here.

Jeremiah improved so much faster and greater than the doctors expected, even at their highest hopes for him. He still has a long road but he’s proved himself to be a fighter.

I do know there has been some talk about whether to commemorate this anniversary with a tree planting or something of the sort but the general census is that it is still too fresh in the students minds to do so. However, I know the daily moment of silence done every morning in the Oologah-Talala Lower Elementary will carry special meaning tomorrow.




Click here for a recent update on Jeremiah Mitchell along with his homecoming and appearance at the benefit carnival/concert this past weekend.

I have really struggled with this. I know that if this had been my child I would have fought to the death for his life. But I wonder if that would be selfish of me or if that would be in his best interest.


As I scan over a few blogs I frequently visit and blogs that friends have posted I’m overwhelmed by the realization that most of them are full of sadness. Don’t get me wrong. There are moments of joy and laughter told throughout the blogs, but in nearly every instance the blogs were created out of devastating circumstances. Another random glance of blogs shows that blogs are created out of anger or as a means of venting. While I understand this, I’m not sure I’d post something in anger for the world to read (I personally vent into Word documents!).


I’m not saying there’s anything wrong in creating a blog for these reasons. Believe me, I’m the last person to judge why anyone else would do what they do. The most heart wrenching blogs I see are those created by parents whose child is going through something and they’re asking for prayer while at the same time updating everyone on the situation.

Flipside. (yes, again!)

On the whole asking for prayer thing, I’ve heard so many people say that it’s wrong to ask for prayer in a blog. Usually the reasoning behind this is that if the person writing the blog is a Christian then they should be able to pray for themselves and their family. At the same time there are those who say that the Bible says “1 can put a 1000 to flight and 2 can put 10,000 to flight” so why is there a need for more than 2 people praying? And then again, there’s the one’s who say that people who ask for prayer have no faith – how can they when Jesus said “he who as faith even as small as a mustard seed”? And a mustard seed is really stinking small.

Think of it this way though, if you’re a parent who’s child is stricken with some horrible disease or if there’s a sudden, life-changing event in your family how would you handle it? Sure, you’d pray and plead. Maybe cry and get angry. You’d also become mentally and emotionally drained. And, let’s be honest, you’re going to be so focused on “fixing” everything that while you may still pray, your focus will be split. Having other people to surround you with prayer, to surround your family with prayer, to pray when you can’t … those prayers make all the difference. That doesn’t mean that the prayers of the people actually going through the difficult situation don’t count. They do. But it’s also encouraging to know that there are people praying for you when you’re not strong enough to pray for yourself.

I don’t have all the answers. If I did, I’d be God and believe me when I say that is one job I definitely DO NOT want! I don’t even have most of the answers, but I have the answer. There’s a story in the Bible where a man asks Jesus for something and Jesus says, “do you believe?” to which the man responds, “I want to believe” and that was enough. I think that’s pretty much the equivalent of wanting to pray and not being able to, whether from exhaustion (physical, mental, and emotional) or from something else. Those are the times we need to be carried.

The last few months have been kind of draining for me, and for my family albeit in different ways. First there was the whole changing jobs, getting used to a new schedule, and all the things that go with that.

Then there was the meningitis outbreak at the school. This has been the most draining part. We lost students. Another student is still under going multiple surgeries and recovery programs. And, with all of the media mess – with their half-truths and ignorance, we lost a really awesome principal. And there’s the thought that that could have been my child. The first few months after this started were the worst. There were daily, nearly hourly, reminders that my son could have been one of the victims. Then school let out for summer and it hasn’t been anywhere near as prominent in my mind. But, there are times when I feel almost guilty that my kids are both so very healthy.  I know, however, that my children are children of God, heirs with Jesus, part of a chosen generation. And I know, that even with all that the world can throw at them that there are angels surrounding them, guarding them, and protecting them at ALL times.  I also know that I have to continually “let go” and say, “We’ve got angels around us – go be kids”. No evil shall befall us, no weapon formed against us will prosper because we are children of God.

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Not Over Yet.

Meet Jeremiah Mitchell. He’s a kindergärtner at Oologah and he was one of the kids who contracted Bacterial Meningitis two weeks ago. On Wednesday this week he had his arms removed from the elbows down and his legs removed from the knees down, as well as part of his face. He’s now getting stabilized and will be transferred to Cincinnati for more surgery (facial reconstruction). Please pray for his family and for his classmates as they are the ones who are struggling the most with this but please keep everyone else in your prayers too.

How to help Jeremiah Mitchell:

An account has been set up at Lakeside State Bank in Oologah to help Jeremiah’s family with medical bills. The account is called “Jeremiah Mitchell.”

Checks can be sent to the bank at Box 190 Oologah, Oklahoma, 74053.

Donations can also be dropped off at the bank: 12602 S. Highway 169 in Oologah.

Unspeakable Tragedy.

I rarely blog about my kids. In fact, I’m not sure I’ve yet even mentioned I have kids here much less blogged about them. That is probably changing. My kids are my world and to try to have a part of my life that doesn’t include them in one way or another is like removing my lungs so I can’t breathe. I will, however, be extremely cautious about what I say regarding my children.

In light of some events that have happened this week I feel the need to talk about being a mom. Not just a mom but a single mom raising two boys. Two boys who I’m praying will turn into strong Christian men who know how to treat ladies and have integrity and all those things mom’s hope for their kids as they become mature adults.

My boys are 4 and 5 years old, for a few more weeks anyway when they will be 4 and 6. Recently, there was a bacterial meningitis outbreak at my son’s school. There are six confirmed cases and two of those children have died. One was 7 years old and the other was 8.

Of the four children who remain in the hospital I know at least one of them is a friend of my sons. They play together on the playground at school and eat lunch together. Their classes also do events together, story time and such.

If you show my son a picture of this child he knows his name. He can tell you his teachers name and the last game they played together on the playground. I know this because I did it. The little boy (6) is in critical condition in one of the best hospitals close by. The doctors gave him 25% chance of surviving, saying that even if he does make it he’ll likely need amputations of all limbs.

However, if you read this article closely you’ll see where his grandpa said that they found a pulse in one of his knees today and that he is improving. This is GREAT news! Even so, he’s not out of the woods yet and can still use all the prayers he can get.

The last week has been difficult, the last few days especially. With everything going on in our school system there’s a sense of undeclared panic around the area. I know I have found myself panicking recently as well. The day all of this news broke my 4 year old started running a high fever and was complaining of his head and stomach hurting. Even going so far as to say he needed to throw up at one point. All of those things are symptoms of meningitis. Yes, I panicked.

I had taken my 5 year old back up to the school earlier that day to get a shot of an antibiotic that would help, just in case. Unfortunately, the health officials at the school were not treating siblings; just students and staff so my 4 year old had not received the shot. Needless to say, we ended up in the ER later that same evening. Blood work proved he doesn’t have bacterial meningitis but he was given the same shot as a precaution. Three day later, he’s still running a high fever so we headed to the pediatricians office. More blood work and a strep test later, the doctor decided he has Roseola. Things are looking up. At least in our house.

Still doesn’t change the fact that instead of planning spring break festivities there are 2 families planning funerals and 4 more holding round the clock vigils at the hospital. Instead of planning trips to the movies or a slumber party or even a birthday party these families are dealing with a huge amount of loss. As horrible as I have felt these last few days with things going on with my own kids I know that nothing I have ever gone through will ever compare with this. My kids are healthy (or getting there) and alive. And these families are planning for events that should not happen for someone so young. My heart goes out to them as well as our prayers.

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