Monday, March 24, 2014

Community Helpers - Our Hospital Experience

Part of what has kept us busy the last couple of weeks was learning first hand how important doctors and nurses are that work in hospitals. Particularly, the outpatient surgery ward.



Hoss had to have his tonsils removed about a week and a half ago. We had been through this type of surgery before, with LM, when she was about 3. I don't know if it was just her age, or her age and temperament put together, but it felt like a living nightmare to me for almost 2 weeks during her recovery. For 10 days, she ate next to nothing, we did all we could just to keep her hydrated! So I had no idea how he was going to handle it, although he had about 5 years advantage on her.

Thankfully, he did just fine - although I will say, it was quite interesting to see his reaction to Verset. In an instant, he went from a sleepy, drowsy boy, to a wide-eyed, wild child, intent on.....showing everyone his underwear??? :D It was quite the embarrassing, funny 10 minutes or so. Thankfully, the light bulb went back off as fast as it seemed to come on, and he settled in to his sleepy state of mind again. 

It was a full week and a half recovery for him, though. School was definitely out of the question for him, and taking care of him and keeping up with him as he flopped back and forth between feeling good, then tired, then good, then hurting and just wanting me to sit with him, meant that it was a little hard to do school with the others, as well. So we did what we could, and took it easy the rest of the time. As of yesterday, though, he is very much back to normal. He is finally able to eat anything he wants - not that he stopped eating, mind you, but we can add meat and rough textures to his diet again. The others are very grateful for this, since they had about all the macaroni and cheese they can stand. However, the ice cream was appreciated by all, especially those who didn't have to endure surgery to earn it!



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