Thursday, November 17, 2011

A Few Updates

This week has been a tad crazy (it's actually starting to become a regular thing, having a crazy week...) but we're all here and we're all looking forward to the weekend, especially mama and daddy. Then we'll blink and Thanksgiving will be here!

Okay, onto the updates. First I need to give an update on Garrison's "procedure" (I just can't bring myself to call it surgery) and how he's holding up, so here's a quick run down~ Bright and early Monday morning we made the 30 minute drive to the hospital to have tubes put in both of Garrison's ears. They had us in a small room with a large recliner looking chair for the patient and 2 hard back chairs for guests, plus a small tv. Garrison did great getting checked in and weighed and into his gown, etc. He was so sleepy he actually watched cartoons quietly for the majority of the time while we talked to the doctors and nurses and waited around. They gave him something similar to valium to drink beforehand to help him relax and basically make him loopy before taking him back. It worked like a charm. The nurse who came to pick him up actually carried him away just a smiling. He was so funny. I was laughing and fighting back tears at the same time. Once he was back they gave him laughing gas and performed the 5 minute procedure. Immediately afterwards the doctor came to the room to tell us that he did great and that both ears had a thick mucas like fluid (but no infection), so we definitely made the right decision. After that we just had to wait around for about 30 minutes while they monitored him and waited for him to wake up so they could bring him back to us.

Finally I heard him coming down the hall crying and saying he wanted mama. That's when I really wanted to cry. He was so out of it and confused and upset when they brought him back that he just cried and cried. He was all over the room crying, mostly on the floor. The nurses told us to give him some time and to stay calm ourselves. After checking his vital signs and forcing him back into his pajamas and staying for the required 30 minutes, we made it out to the car and listened to him cry until we got back to Covington. Then he just sort of snapped out of it. The rest of the day he lounged around on the couch and watched Mickey Mouse and played a little here and there but acted like he felt fine. Until after naptime.

After his nap, instead of eating his snack like normal, he just wanted to lay on the couch. I thought he was still tired from his day... until he threw up all. over. the. couch. To make matters worse, I was feeding Austin. Great. Poor Garrison didn't know what to think. After cleaning him up and the couch, I could tell he still didn't feel well and tried to show him how to get sick in the potty. Later when he felt sick again, he was closer to the potty but all over the bathroom floor. At that point, I had a feeling he had a stomach bug. Terrell came home and we called the doctor on call and he was almost positive it was in no way related to the laughing gas or procedure. So we kept him hydrated and a trashcan close by until we called the doctor back and he prescribed something. It was the most helpless feeling in the world watching our baby get so sick. Thankfully the medicine did the trick (or he got it all out of his system) and he finally went to bed around 10:00 and slept all night. Since then he still hasn't gotten his appetite back. So that's why I don't have any pics of him lately.

Terrell is finally on the mend and feeling much better and now I'm praying the scratch in my throat is from the crazy weather...

I'm getting back into the swing of things with "work" and figuring out how to juggle my babies and my work repsonsibilities. It hasn't been easy so far, but I'm getting the hang of it. Hopefully I'll be able to schedule shows, bring in some consistent income, and find a good routine for everything. In the meantime, we're getting ready for Thanksgiving and Christmas and keeping as frugal as we can.

Last but not least, my sweet baby Austin is doing great. He is still spitting up a lot and he still has an occasional rough night, but overall he is just a happy, easy going baby. We have been super blessed to have 2 laid back babies in a row! And he sure does love to melt his mama's heart with his smiles~

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