There was a house, a napping coughing house, where everyone was sleeping wheezing…
Actually, not all wheezing. Brian and Dixon seem to be fine, and George and I also have tonsillitis. The hardest part of the whole thing is that George is having sleep apnea… children with Downs have little airways and any swelling is therefore a big problem. Up until now he’s been our best sleeper ever… but we are now on day 9 of taking shifts with him at night.
Everybody but George got to escape the napping coughing house to play in the snow, though. The big kids and their friends were out in it by 7:15 yesterday morning… I will be forever grateful to Betsy and Sara who anticipated this problem and had brought over a big sausage pie and a big box of hot chocolate…. they must have known we’d be serving breakfast to lots of coughing cold children.
I think I am also grateful that it only snows once a year here. What do moms who have a child with CP do when they have to put boots over braces? I sent Danny out in somebody else’s outgrown shoes and no braces, but that wouldn’t work if it were a daily thing… and it’s hard enough to deal with shoes and braces… I can’t imagine BOOTS! But many, many moms somehow manage it gracefully every day. Not me 🙂 .
Various updates: 310 hats project: I’ve got more than a DOZEN boxes of yarn packed to go!!! They’ll go to the post office as soon as the roads aren’t icy. For the people who are going to knit hats but don’t need yarn, I’ll email you tonight or tomorrow with the sizes and the mailing address for the finished hats.
Lymphedema clinic: This is HARD. I truly thought I was at the very limit of my tolerance on Friday. Just couldn’t take any more. Then I got tonsillitis. Ugh. I’m thinking about having friends drive me to the clinic this week and next so that I can take extra pain medicine before I go…
Late breaking news from the Napping Coughing House: Schoolschool for tomorrow is cancelled already. I can’t decide whether to be happy because everybody will be home with me where they belong, or distressed because the snow day dance will continue: Put on your coat, hat, gloves, dry socks and shoes. Go out the front door. Play hard and get wet. Come in the back door. Trail wet garments through family room through to kitchen. Get cocoa and/or soup. Find dry coat, dry hat, dry gloves, dry socks and dry shoes. Go out the front door….