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It’s official

I have to admit I was feeling pretty positive. This was one appointment I wasn’t worried about. Yesterday was our follow up visit to the feeding clinic. Five months ago, they were the ones who had put Deane on the track to his g-tube. Although I had been very hesitant, I think Deane adapted first … Continue reading

The joys of boredom

We were so bored we were going stir crazy. Don’t get me wrong – being bored in a hospital is a good thing. It means nothing medically “interesting” is going on. Nurses and doctors came and went, checking on us, but it was all talk, no prodding, poking, or worse. We were so uninteresting, they … Continue reading

Surgery makes me sick

Deane was in a great mood this morning. I don’t think I’ve ever seen him laugh and smile so much in a hospital. He has certainly never been so happy while waiting for surgery.  He was goofing around with Dad, demanding hugs, refusing to pose for pictures and pretending he was going back to sleep. … Continue reading

Reality over hope

There is no hiding the scars on Silken Laumann’s tanned leg. More than 20 years after the injury that almost ended her international rowing career, there is still a misshapen chunk missing from her calf. She spoke about that injury during a talk to a group of parents at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital last … Continue reading

It takes a village …

The expression “It takes a village to raise a child” has always conjured up a very specific image in my mind. The picture in my head is of a child in an African village who is looked after not only by parents, but by grandparents, older siblings, extended family members and close friends. He or … Continue reading

New Year’s – take 2

I’m celebrating my second New Year’s Eve in the hospital. Dec. 31, 2012, passed with barely a cheer. Tonight, we are anticipating the real beginning of our New Year – going home. While New Year’s is about looking forward, it is also a time for reflecting on what has gone before. Here, on our second … Continue reading

Five days and counting…

Deane is being discharged on Friday – 80 days after his hip surgery. It has been quite a journey:  the oxygen masks, the suction tubes, the abduction wedge, the knee immobilizers, the physio, the NG tubes, the minced food, the pressure sore, the in-house school and the recreation; Christmas, New Year’s and my birthday; the … Continue reading

Ask – don’t tell

We’re celebrating an anniversary.  It’s been exactly two months since Deane’s surgery. Two months that have taken us from operation to ICU to constant care to rehabilitation. We’ve been through oxygen saturation difficulties to a collapsed lung to hydration and swallowing concerns. There have been five NG tubes shoved up his nose, days of unappetizing … 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

The stockings are …

My son got transferred to a rehabilitation hospital today – two weeks less a day after his hip surgery. I wrote in my last post that this would be a great Christmas present. After another rough night, the nurse came in at 6:30 and said she was going ot take out Deane’s IV because the … Continue reading