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A – very – little shut eye

Sleep is an invaluable commodity. Every parent knows the value of a good night’s sleep and the cost of a miserably disrupted night. For most parents, the majority of sleepless nights are during their children’s early years. Kids generally grow into a routine of sleeping that allows parents to get at least enough sleep to … Continue reading

The white flag

“Nice way to wake up,” I snarled at the nurses. From my hard, fold-out chair beside my son’s hospital bed, I saw three nurses and heard Deane crying as they peeled his eyelids back to put eye drops his still sleeping eyes. I fell back in my bed and really felt like I might not … Continue reading

The underlying issue

From the so-called bed I sleep on, I grabbed my laptop this morning and Googled bedsores. Although I was stiff and achy, it was not my body I was worried about.  After a number of nights of fairly decent sleep, Deane is once again having a rough time. It seems to deny logic – he … Continue reading

Looking for a win

We need a win. That was the thought I came out of the meeting with all the staff involved in our son’s care. They went around the table and talked about the issues: his eating – or lack thereof; his hydration – through an NG tube they’re in no hurry to remove; his weight bearing … Continue reading

To the Energizer bunnies …

“Are you sure you want to do this?” I asked a number of times. After describing the routine of looking after my son overnight, I gave her one last opportunity to back out. But our former babysitter and incredibly generous friend didn’t accept my offer. She just smiled. She had volunteered to stay with Deane … Continue reading

It’s all about winning the war

We had a number of victories today. Deane had the best night’s sleep he has had in more than three weeks. Don’t know if it was yesterday’s first real physio workout or adding melatonin to his drug regimen, but it worked. If we can repeat it tonight, it will officially be a streak. In yesterday’s … Continue reading

New Year’s Non-Resolution

Happy New Year! Our family celebrated New Year’s Eve in our son’s room in the orthopaedic unit of the rehabilitation hospital that will be his home for the next couple of months. He fell asleep about 11:30. Our daughter watched a live streaming of the count down with us. Unlike other years, there was no … Continue reading

Sleeping like a baby

When my children were infants, there was no more important issue than sleep. Any conversation among parents of newborns eventually circled around to sleep – the baby’s constantly changing habits and the parents’ lack of it. The debates among proponents of different approaches – co-sleeping, letting babies cry it out or no method at all … Continue reading

Day of rest

It was quiet day after a frustratingly restless night. Some wonderful pre-Christmas visits from friends and family helped pass the time in an increasingly empty wing of the hospital. The word from the staff here is that we are a go to transfer tomorrow, but there seems to be some confusion about whether the transfer … Continue reading

Post Surgery – Day 3. Change isn’t always bad

A queasy feeling churned in the pit of my stomach when I realized my child was being moved to the ICU. At 8 a.m. the night nurse told me Deane had had a fever that spiked in the middle of the night. It had been another night of constant de-sats and suctioning. Within an hour, … Continue reading