She’s 8!

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January 9, 2014 by themommahen

I’ve been gone from here a long time, mainly due to the usual busy-ness and business that comes with parenthood and being human. For the last couple months, though, our household has once again been consumed by taking care of sick kids. This time was a little different though, as we’ve been battling pneumonia.

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A scary word, pneumonia. One that if you let yourself read too much about it, you realize just how lucky we are to have come so far that it no longer means automatic hospitalization or worse. But one still scary enough that your pediatrician tells you to either call them or go to the ER if the patient spikes a fever while also having pneumonia. And scary enough to make you use a stethoscope every day to listen for the telltale snap, crackle, pop and wheezing that accompanies it. And scary enough to result in breathing treatments on a nebulizer.

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We haven’t been able to kick it yet, but we got word this week that it’s getting better. H#1 had it the worst — her lungs haven’t been clear since the first of November — but H#2 got in on the action too. It doesn’t seem fair, really, considering what the girl went through when she was born. Our fears that her spontaneous pneumothorax may somehow be to blame for this were allayed by a clear chest x-ray, however. (Whew)

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H#3 has been pneumonia-free, but was kind enough to get a sympathy double-ear infection. As a result, the older two have been out of school for a month — one week before break, two weeks for break and a week after. With the clearance to go back to school Monday, the normal back-to-school jitters have started for everyone.

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But for one day, after yet another a trip to the doctor, we were able to forget about being sick, going back to school, the bitter cold and the lost Christmas break. Because it was her birthday. And she’s eight. How did that happen?

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When Daddy suggests a #bonfire to celebrate fall weather and continued healing. #justwhatthedoctorordered #laughteristhebestmedicine #latergram Homeward bound! He's out, waking up, went well. Huge thanks to everyone for all the prayers, texts, messages, good thoughts, mojo, juju, etc.  More details to come. Trying to keep him flat on his back not moving, which, if you know this boy, you know that is not easy. #thumbsup Our older boy, my H2, has had episodes of SVT (rapid heart rate) for five years now. It was managed with medication for a while, then seemed to go away, but then came back last school year. Due to the unpredictability of it and the resulting disruption and anxiety it causes him, he is scheduled for a heart ablation catheterization procedure tomorrow early in the morning. Hopefully the doctors will be able to find and eliminate the extra electrical pathways responsible. Fortunately, this is a pretty routine procedure with great success rates. But as the saying goes, no surgery or procedure is minor if it's happening to you or a loved one. We welcome prayers, good vibes, positive thoughts, juju, mojo, whatever our friends can muster. (This picture was taken two weeks ago during an echocardiogram. He was fascinated, and I couldn't help but remember the first time I got to hear that same, sweet heartbeat...) ❤ Totally disturbing. #halloween H2 suggested we go on a nature walk yesterday through the woods with walkie talkies. (And BB guns, of course, because, boys.) It was hot, it was muggy, it was thorny, it was spider webby, it was buggy, it was tiring. 
But. 
We found a snapping turtle shell and almost perfect skeleton, a giant orb weaver spider in all its splendor, a great place for a fort, lots of obstacles to traverse, and a new path home. And that made it all worth it.

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