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It’s been two days since Hurricane Irma swept through Florida. There are still a number of people in the state without power and a lot of cleaning-up to do in many of areas. With the exception of schools being closed, things are pretty much back to normal here. In fact, we were still able to keep the boys’ dental cleaning appointments…

But forget the fluoride, they just come here for the games…

At the dentist

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After school, Alex had to go for his OT and Speech Therapy. I’m afraid it was just too much for him on the second day of school…

Alex is out!

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We still can’t believe it, but Molly died this week. We’re heartbroken. After a harrowing experience in the animal emergency room that included a period of intubation and defibrillation, she had deteriorated to the point where I made the tough decision to put her down. The final diagnosis was lung abscess resulting from an aspirated tooth. Bizarre.

The boys don’t really grasp what has happened. They understand that Molly is in heaven, but still want to know when she’ll be coming home. Maybe that’s a good thing.

Rest-in-peace, Molly. We miss you.

RIP Molly

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Taking Molly to the vet, you’d think she was walking The Green Mile

The Green Mile

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For those of you familiar with Alex screaming trepidation when visiting the dentist, I’d like for you to know that there’s been a break-through! After the last experience, we decided to switch dentists in an effort to find someone with a bit more patience and skill when it comes to treating children (especially those with a genuine fear). I would never allow the use of a papoose board or any other form of restraint, which evidently made it a challenge for our first dentist. We could see that Alex wanted to get his teeth looked at, but just couldn’t overcome his fear. Anyway, our new provider, Weaver and Stratton Pediatric Dentistry achieved what others couldn’t–they understood Alex, and used that understanding to reassure him that everything was going to be okay.

To do this, Dr. Weaver honed-in on Lamby. Without even trying to get Alex into the chair, he invited Lamby to sit there and get his teeth brushed. Alex gave Lamby over to the dentist and the dentist and his assistant proceeded to give Lamby an exam and cleaning. Alex enjoyed the attention that Lamby was getting and when invited to join Lamby on the chair, he jumped right up there. He then received his first dental exam and cleaning. No muss, no fuss!

The following day, we received this note from the dentist (note that it is addressed to both Alex AND Lamby):

The envelope

The Card

The Letter

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Poor Alex! He was doing just great at the pumpkin patch. Then CRASH! He’s complaining about his throat hurting, and the poor little guy is miserable. Cindy feels his head, and he’s burning up, so it’s off to the emergency room! They were originally going to admit him, but the xrays confirmed that he could submit to some at-home monitoring.

Thank goodness!

All-in-all, he was a very good patient…with an assist from the iPad (and a nebulizer)!

Alex Waits Alex on a nubulizer

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Last night it snowed a couple of inches; this morning I was up shoveling the drive at 5. We needed to be on-the-road by 6:15 for the boys 7:00 surgery appointment at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia–a minor procedure to place tubes in their ears.

The Boys in Preop

Once out of the neighborhood, the roads were in pretty good shape, and we arrived at the hospital a little early. Alex and Adam were the first patients of the day, so we went right in to pre-op and changed the boys into their little yellow hospital gowns. The little yellow booties, dubbed “Big Bird Feet” by the CHOP nurses, didn’t stay on too long, as neither Alex nor Adam took a fancy to them (we swapped ’em out for their own little socks).

After their vitals and a short conversation with the doctor and the anesthesiologist, the nurse gave them some “giggle juice” (Versed) to soften their anxiety over being taken by the nurse for the operating table. It did make them both a little loopy–Alex more so than Adam.

The procedure for both boys was over in about 15-minutes. We joined Alex in the recovery room. He still had the airway in and was sleeping soundly. Adam soon joined us, and was before long, awake and crying–likely due to the disorientation he was experiencing. I stayed with Alex while Mommy consoled Adam. Alex awoke soon after, but wasn’t as upset as Adam was–thankfully.

After the post-op instructions from the nurse, we dressed the boys and were heading home once again.

I can only imagine what it must be like for the boys–especially Alex–to actually be able to hear sounds without it sounding like they’re underwater.

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Adam had been sick the last couple of days. His nose was stopped-up so bad he couldn’t breath…especially at night. He would wake-up every hour or two unable to get back to sleep. Cindy and I would suction his nose and rock with him until he drifted off to sleep, only to do it all over again a short while later.

After a night of little sleep, Adam seemed to be doing a little better. We thought the worst might be over and the poor little boy was recovering. Not quite. He woke from his nap with goopy eyes he was unable to open. We thought he probably had pink-eye. We were right!

Poor Adam

He also had double ear infections. Alex followed in his footsteps just two days later…

What a week!

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I’m in Jacksonville, Florida, on business this week, and as I deplane, I get a text message from Cindy that said she was at the ER with Alex, who had spiked a 103.5º temperature. Cindy and Alex have been battling this fever for the last 3 or 4 days, and every time he starts to perk up, his fever knocks him back down. They were at the ER for about 3 hours while the doc ran some tests, no flu, but it was likely something viral that’ll just need to run its course. Hopefully, it’ll be over soon. Cindy has hardly gotten any sleep the last couple of days, and has had to care for a sick baby, and his brother! She’s amazing!

I feel terrible that I can’t be there to lend a hand…she sure could use the help, and support. Thankfully, this is our last week apart.

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Today we took the boys to the doctor. Alex has a rash on his neck and chest. As we suspected, it’s cause is the combination of drool from teething combined with the fact that the little guy really has no neck. 😉 So, we’re waiting in the crowded pharmacy for some nystatin cream.

We also took the opportunity, since the hospital doesn’t do 9-month well-baby checks, and the boys just happened to be 9-months old, to get them weighed and checked. All is well: Alex weighs 20 pounds and Adam weighs 22 pounds (although he feels heavier than that!!)

Adam and Alex waiting at the Pharmacy

As you can see the wait in the pharmacy was a little longer than usual. The boys had time to enjoy a snack while they watched the screen for Alex’s name to pop-up…

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