Monday, June 23, 2008

Alive, and a busy time of year.

So, Alec came home from the hospital and had a rough week at home but is now feeling SO much better. I hate seeing him sick. He tolerates it like such a tough little boy but I know he's hurting and in pain. He never complains. I wish I were as strong as he is. Here are a few pictures as we were getting packed up to go home.






Here is a picture of a rash he developed. It just went away this past week.


And here is a picture of all the artwork that my other kids made for Alec to brighten his room.


UCDavis is such a great place for Alec. Their pediatrics ward is incredible. Alec happened to be there on the day that the police dept. (sorry, can't remember which) came and set up a whole room as a toy store and the kids got to go "shopping" and even their siblings were invited. Alec was too sick to go but I had Piper help me pick out a few things for him. Piper picked a doggie in a carrier and has not let it out of her sight since. Too cute.
We just found out Alec's date of surgery for his cranioplasty, July 11. I am excited and scared and relieved and apprehensive all at the same time. It will be so great to finally get past this chapter of our lives. Alec needs to be put back together. I'm also having post traumatic stress over the memory of the last bout of surgeries. Alec MUST stay infection free. His little body is too weak to handle another extended stay in the hospital. I always get butterflies when he goes in but I know he has a great neurosurgeon who has the same approach to recovery as we do. July 11 is coming so much faster that I thought it would. I am taxing my brain tyring to figure out some really fun stuff to take Alec to do in the next couple weeks. I want to make sure he remembers how much fun we can all have together so he will be motivated to come home fast. Any fun ideas you can recommend?

As for this time of year, I have Father's Day, Marc's Bday, and Kaity's Bday all in a row. Boy am I glad that week is past and I can relax just a bit. I threw a surprise birthday party for Marc this year and for the first time ever I think I may have succeeded. I will never truly know because he's a good liar :P I hope he had a good time. Since we can't take a vacation, we put up a pool in the backyard and bought a BBQ (love that thing!!!) so we are enjoying our backyard a little more. Now if only we had some grass... I am also looking forward to getting Alec in the pool for some much needed aquatic therapy. I hope you are all having a fantastic summer so far and escaping the heat when you can. Only 10 more weeks until our baby girl greets us so in the mean time I am pushing our air conditioner to the max and having fun in the pool!!!

p.s. for those of you waiting for the newsletter, I apologize for the extreme delay. With Alec being in the hospital and preparing to go back to the hospital my scrapbooking side has taken a back seat. If I can get myself together I will try to pack up the laptop and get some work done while I'm in the hospital with Alec. Maybe I can get another freebie posted up here soon. Thanks for your patience :)

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Blogger YaYa said...

Heather & Marc,
I didn't realize Alec was going back into the hospital. Archi usually forgets most everything he talks to the family about so I never know anything that goes on.
How is he doing? How are you guys doing? I hope all is well. We look forward to having Marc come. I hope you have some help coming so you can just be down (or in the pool!)while Marc is gone!
)))))Hugs(((((
Ellen

July 17, 2008 1:03 AM  

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