11B. Surgery Day Recap

We were up super early this morning. I woke up at 4:30, finished packing and got us ready. We will not be returning to our hospital room because when we arrive back at Shriners they will put us right across from the nursing unit. So...that means packing up, and it’s amazing how much crap you [...]

10. Tomorrow’s surgery

So tomorrow is the day we've been dreading since our last big surgery three years ago. We will start preparations tonight and we will be the first and only patient for our doctor tomorrow. I will head over the the other hospital at 6:30 to register us as inpatients and take care of all the [...]

9. Cute from the Inside Out!

So...I was sitting with my amazing nurse practitioner today, and we were scrolling through Ben’s CT scans. As the images were moving past, me (being the smart ass I am) said ‘I think I can see what the problem is. There is a puppy inside him’. We both looked again and burst out laughing! Hmmm...no [...]

5. Respect the wine glass people!

Well Known Fact(ish): most medical mom's (maybe most moms now that I think of it) appreciate a good glass of wine. My favourite vice is a nice Cabernet; although lately I've really opened up to a good Shirazzing. By lately, I mean pre-hospitalization because for some reason that makes no sense to me (and many [...]

4. We can get out of bed!

We were transferred to Shriner's Monday. It was a crazy, busy day. Once we arrived, I had some paperwork to do and Ben was examined regularly to ensure that he was doing well because he had just gotten off anesthesia. So far, so good. Ben has 5 screws (posts/pins) installed into his head holding his [...]

3. Well…that went well!

Despite a way too early start, the day has gone great so far! I was up at 4:30 - getting ready and packing up. I work Ben up at 5:15 to have some juice and get him in the shower. We bathed him last night in chlorhexidine and washed his hair with it, but I [...]

If worry was an Olympic Sport

If worry was  an Olympic sport, I think I'd bring home the gold.  Before you even start reading, I apologize; I have a lot of time on my hands. This is what I think it would look like if worrying was an Olympic sport. ************************************************************************** Announcer Bob:  Well it's looking to be a grey day [...]

I’m Gonna Catch a Leprechaun

I have been super busy building my leprechaun trap.  We put all kinds of things in it to get the leprechauns to come, and when they do they are gonna climb up my rainbow ladder (because they love colors and ladders). When they try to grab all my gold and green and blue coins in it, [...]

Pajama Party

Imagine this conversation: Karen (to accountant)  Hi there - I've printed out all my profit and loss statements for last year.  I wasn't sure if this was the balance sheet you were looking for.   Does that look right to you?  Do you think I need to include the receipts for the new computer software I've been [...]

Beyond Language

I am always amazed at the instant connection hospital parents have with each other.  It is a connection that goes beyond culture, language, and class.  One of the volunteer jobs that I have at my local hospital is peer mentoring.  This job entails the volunteers (hospital parents) to go and orient new parents to the hospital and [...]