I see it’s been more than a month since I posted here. Bad me.
Well, let’s see.
Not too long after I last posted, I came down with a cold. It was an odd sort of cold — I could tell I was getting sick for almost 3 days before it really got awful. We went into our usual sickness mode, where the sick person is isolated from the rest of the house in hopes of sparing everyone else the illness. I spent from Tues night – Saturday morning in our bedroom with only a wee bit of time out (mostly on Thu, when Bob had to go to work to deal with a meeting he couldn’t miss). By Saturday I’d gotten worse and was coming through the other side, so I went back to work and we resumed normal operations, mostly.
By Tuesday, Bob decided he was getting sick in spite of all our precautions. Turnabout was fair play, so he retreated to our room and I took over downstairs. The illness took a slightly different course with him, and seemed to linger longer. And even more unfortunately, it was clear by the end of that week that Dorrie had picked up something as well. We had an appointment up at DHMC on Friday anyway, so we (me and the nurse) took Dorrie up so everyone there could have a look at her. The verdict: her lungs sounded clear, but one ear was possibly red, so we came away with an Rx for amoxicillin which we were to fill only if she seemed to be sick.
Sunday she was really fussy and angry, especially while trying to sleep; even though we had a nurse, I ended up sleeping with her most of the night to keep her calmed down. We called in sick to school on Monday, Tuesday’s teacher tends not to show up half the time anyway (she didn’t this week either) and by Wed she was still a bit subdued but clearly recovering. So while stressful, we were fortunate to get through the cold with just a few nights of poor sleep and four days in a row of pukies. (We put her on reduced feeds for the rest of the week after that.)
Once she was better, we had an amazing run of 17 puke free days!!
As a reward, we’ve started trialling hemp milk and honey as potential new sources of calories.
School is continuing pretty well, though it’s been a rare week when some teacher/therapist or another hasn’t needed to reschedule. We also started private PT again last week, after literally months of trying to get it properly approved. I’m still holding my breath in expectation that someone’s going to send us a bill for it.
And speaking of something that’s taken literally months of wrangling to get finished, the RAMP was finally installed a week and a half ago!! Of course, it’s now the rainy cold season here, so we probably won’t get a whole lot of use out of it until spring, but as long as the idiot snowplow guys don’t break it over the winter, we’re good to go.
(Note: The windows in these pictures are not ours. Unfortunately the configuration of our townhouse means that literally the only logical place to put the thing required it to snake down in front of someone else’s unit.)
On deck for this week: our furnace guys are coming to install the optional humidifier so hopefully the air in our house won’t be so dry this winter. We’ll see if that improves Dorrie’s suctions when she’s off the vent. And maybe my dry skin… but if I had to pick, I’d vote for the former.