Dear Santa, A Lump of Coal Would Have Been Better. Love, Kylee

This Christmas will be more memorable for Kylee than she had ever imagined. She knew that Santa wasn’t going to guide his team of reindeer into our yard, stealthily sneak into the house, and leave behind an armful of gifts and woolen stockings full of nuts and candy. But, she didn’t expect what she received either – an all inclusive 4-day/3-night stay at Rumahsakit Hospital, located in the heart of Tembagapura.


Her package included one night accommodations in the maternity ward and two night’s accommodations in the general ward. All meals included. She even received personalized amenities and services; an IV stand, IV catheters, several bags of saline with antibiotics, an abdominal ultrasound, numerous blood draws, and countless numbers of pills, pokes, and prods.

Christmas Day!

Christmas Day!

Kylee developed strep throat and tonsillitis toward the end of November, which she hadn’t completely recovered from. As a result, the infection migrated to her stomach and continued to fester. After becoming very ill, Chris took her to emergency last Saturday night and, again, Sunday morning. On both instances, she was treated and released. Unfortunately, by Tuesday morning (Christmas Eve) she was septic; her body wasn’t responding to the antibiotics and the infection was spreading. After a trip to the doctor’s office, she was immediately admitted into the hospital. Thankfully, a 4-day intensive antibiotic treatment was just what she needed.

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5 Responses to Dear Santa, A Lump of Coal Would Have Been Better. Love, Kylee

  1. Yesim Peddy says:

    Oh my goodness! What a scare! I’m thinking of you guys. The best Christmas present is that she is home and the antibiotics are finally doing their job. Love to all of you.

  2. claire williams says:

    I was so sorry to hear of Kylee’s horrific experience with her illness. Hopefully, the sweet baby is recovering quickly and will be 100% well in no time. Other than that, I hope your holidays were joyful. All my love, Aunt Claire

  3. Cheri Henderson says:

    I am so grateful you were persistant in taking her back to the doctor and the hospital. My brother’s boy died last year from becoming septic. Get well soon. What a rough time. We are thinking of you all. Sincerely Cheri

  4. sid and linda thatcher says:

    What an unwanted shock but eventual blessing. So grateful you knew what to do and when to do it. We are in Asia along with you. We should plan on meeting up sometime before we both go home. We leave June 2, 2014. You may not know exactly when you will be leaving so we should certainly plan something. Our “Preparation Day” is on Monday so a Saturday, Sunday and Monday would be best for us. So grateful your mother forwarded this to us. It will certainly be a Christmas to remember. Love Sid and Linda Thatcher

  5. Don Doody says:

    Sorry to hear about Kylee. Hope she is OK by now. All is well here. Still no bites on our home.

    Happy New Year to you all,


    Sent from my iPad Don Doody 29655 N. 69th St. Scottsdale, AZ 85266 480-585-0937 Cell – 480-213-7541


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