Things are normal, which is amazing. I had a flu (which I am pretty sure I got from charlie - it seemed the same as whatever hell-fire illness he has in September) for Thanksgiving, and it was a sad dinner around here. Then, I got a cold which I am just getting over now, and I'm pretty sure Charlie is picking it up. And charlie's g-tube site had an infection which we are finally seeing the end of now.
The g-tube thing has been an interesting experience - Charlie's site started looking iffy a couple weeks ago. We just monitored it, but when it started looking really gross, we called the hospital and needed up taking him to Emergency (not our local emergency, because the docs there would have said, "WOW! A g-tube! Haven't seen one of those since medical school! So...what's the problem?") but the emergency department at Sick Kids, OUR hospital. As trips to the emergency ward go, it was a stellar experience, but it was still 4 hours of germs, late hours and waiting. We ended up on an antibiotic, but the spot kept getting worse. We ended up taking him BACK down this past Monday, after the 'spot' exploded (sorry if you just ate) and we were assured it would now go away on it's own with some TLC. Just one of the many gross things are having a tube.
Charlie has been lifting my shirt, looking for MY tube. And so begins the careful dance to make Charlie realize that no, not everyone has a tube, and while you need it now, you WON'T need to have yours forever - without making him feel shame about having one. When I ask him if he has a tube, he pulls up his shirt and points and says "Nooooo....". Oh boy.
All of that aside, though, it has been strikingly normal. Charlie is eating well (with the help of some somewhat distracting toys). He is gaining a lot of weight (yay!). Sick Kids is happy with how he is doing. He goes to daycare one half-day a week so that I can train in the pool for the triathlon. He went through the 'mamamama' phase - I could not be out of his SIGHT or he would lose his shit and start screaming 'MAMAMAMAMAMA!'. His dad was heartbroken - but this morning, Charlie woke up with a 'DADADADADADADA!' so I think we are over it now (hopefully. It was an annoying phase). So, even though we are ill, it's all been very, very normal.
The Alphabet Song
A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z.