30 fingers&toes

"Are they triplets?" "No, I found the other one in the parking lot and thought, 'why not?'"

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Bon Retablissement or for us english speaking parents…Good Recovery

I totally had to break out Google on my phone to figure out what Bon Retablissement meant and I’m not ashamed to say so! There is a thingy (technical French term) missing over the “e” because I have zero clue how to make my keyboard do that.

Aidan brought Madeline a stack of cards that each of her classmates made for her to wish her a good recovery! She wasn’t having the most awesome afternoon so this really helped bring a smile to her face.

Just when Madeline seems to be improving we have a set back. For instance the other night I posted about her recovery and it seemed she was doing fairly well. I went to bed and then an hour later Madeline was up in tears because the pain had just become too much. I felt like a total failure of a parent because I should have known better and given her meds before bed time. The Dr prescribed Morphine for her to take at home. She can also have Tylenol. As you can imagine she gets pretty doped up on the Morphine. She seemed to be managing throughout the day with just the Tylenol. By 10 pm this was not the case. She was in some serious pain. I felt awful. So the strong stuff was given and I managed to get her to settle and fall back to sleep.

Last night we had the same problem despite giving Morphine through out the day but in a smaller dose. Today she has done much better with out the Morphine. And she has finally realized that she needs to be a bit more honest with us about her pain levels. Tonight at dinner, a dinner she was really looking forward to, she had another set back. She had some crazy ear pain that brought her to tears. Poor kid, just wanted her roast chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy for dinner but didn’t feel up to eating with her ear hurting so much.

If that wasn’t enough, she managed to slide off the bench at the dining room table, scrap the back of her knee, bump her elbow, bum and head on the floor.

I am really looking forward to her feeling much better. With all the pain and tears she’s been through it’s been hard to find the positive. However, I managed to find a little while listening to her sleep. There is next to no snoring (she’s a little congested) and no more apnea! Madeline is also sleeping in better! I know the pain of this won’t last much longer and I’m so glad that she’s starting to sleep better already!

Madeline misses her friends at school and knows that they miss her too. She was really happy when a friend of hers sent her a video message! Madeline, despite her throat being sore, managed to send a quick and quiet message back to her friend! Madeline sure is lucky to have such wonderful friends!

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Post surgery update

Madeline’s surgery went well. She spent about an hour in recovery and then another 3 hours on the paediatric outpatient floor. Our first night home was rough. She was getting her pain meds every 4 hours and then was also up usually in between that time needing ice water or Tylenol as well. Night 2 went a bit better and she and I were only up every 4.5 hours.

Today has been a bit different, she hasn’t quite been herself even more so than the first two days. Not sure what’s up but the nurse did say that she found day three for her daughter to be the worst. Maybe that’s what we are experiencing today.

The other two kids spent most of today with their grandparents which was a much needed dose of attention for them. Maddy and I were able to just snuggle and sleep most of the day.

Hopefully she continues to improve as the week goes on.

This Momma is tired and is going to bed!!

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What’s for dinner?

Anyone else hate that question as much as I do? My kids hate my response about as much as I hate the question. My response…food.

Sometimes I jazz it up a little with the following replies:

  • Frog bums and lizard feet
  • Beetles and worms with a side of dirt
  • Fish lips and liver

I could go on and on with that list. I usually get an eye roll or a fake barf gesture with graphic sounds included from the kids when I give them those meal options. Isabelle is the worst. She is our picky eater. She’s also our most boring eater. She wants it plain. No sauce, nothing touching, just boring.

She’s going to HATE tonight’s dinner because there will be sauce and everything will be touching!!! Mwahahahahahahahaha!

So what’s for dinner you ask? Tonight we are having yet another Pinterest find. These meals can be hit or miss. We have only come across a few misses so far which is good because I don’t think I have any cash to pay a pizza guy tonight.

Creamy Broccoli Chicken Shells and Cheese which I found on Pinterest, but if you click on the name it will take you to the blog it was pinned from. Just from looking at the blog briefly I think I will be adding a few more of her recipes to our list of things to try.

I hope that because it’s basically mac n cheese with chicken and broccoli added that it won’t be met with much resistance. Thankfully Madeline and Aidan are not overly picky. Madeline is the only one of the three who will eat broccoli so I know the other two will be doing their best to shove theirs to the side of the plate.

Dinner comes with rules, if you want to play outside with friends after dinner at leave 4 broccoli florets will need to be eaten. I’m so mean. However, I think they are getting off easy with only having to eat 4!

What are you torturing, errr making, your family for dinner tonight?

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Where’s my brain?

I have been wanting a cup of tea lately. So the other night I got out a mug, tossed in the tea bag and boiled the kettle. An hour later when I realized I had not had my tea yet I went and boiled the kettle again. The next morning I found my tea cup complete with tea bag waiting for me. I decided after taking the kids to school I would have my cup of tea. Nope.

After dinner, tried again. Nope. A few hours later, refill kettle, boil…..sigh….

It’s now 12:24 in the afternoon and I am happy to report that I finally have a hot cup of tea sitting at my desk! Here’s hoping I get to drink the whole thing while it’s hot!!


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3 sleeps until surgery

Madeline has been counting down the sleeps until surgery since Sunday. She seems okay with her surgery coming up and hasn’t been saying much about it. We went to the Surgical Safari on the weekend and she was initially nervous but ended up having a great time. They were even given a sample of the slushy they were told they could have after surgery!

I am relieved to know that they insert the IV after they have already put her to sleep. I was wondering how this was all going to play out, but of course this is not their first time and they have it all worked out! On the safari, we were shown the floor we will go to upon arrival. We leave the paperwork on the desk that we picked up down in admitting. We proceed to the waiting area for our name to be called. Once called we go into a room where she will be weighed, measured, have her blood pressure, 02 sats and pulse rate checked. She will then change into her hospital pj’s and slippers. Then we go back to the waiting area until it’s her time.

She is the first surgery I believe so I don’t think we will have to wait too long. This is a huge bonus for us as the longer she has to wait the likelihood of her anxiety ramping up. When her name is called again, I will walk her to a room and hug and kiss her goodbye as if I was dropping her off at school. I am to wait outside the door. The nurses will help her into bed. Give her warm blankets. She will decorate the mask that will be used for her to breath in the gas to help her fall asleep. They also get to smear some scented lip balm on the inside of this mask to make it smell delightful!

The Dr and Anesthesiologist will come in to speak with her briefly. Then she will be wheeled out of the room. I am able to walk with her down to the OR area to again give her a quick kiss goodbye.

I am ready for this. I know enough about what is happening during her procedure to be okay with this. However, I know that during this last kiss goodbye I will have to keep my shit together. She can’t see that I am even a hint of nervous. She can’t see me crack because then she will crack. I will keep my brave face on for her while I worry on the inside. She will be brave and she will do awesome. WE will BOTH be brave!

Thursday night I plan to take Madeline out so we can pick out some flavours of jello and popsicles for her to have post op. She’s also asked to get some Gatorade. Seems to be her new favourite drink to have when she’s not feeling well. She will be off school for an entire week. I have been busy trying to get ahead in my three classes so that I can take some time off from them during the day while she’s home. She and I already have a few movies and TV shows picked out for when she’s home.

I will post how she’s doing once she’s home.

Isabelle saw the dental surgeon today. She will be getting her 4 vampire teeth pulled on Oct 14. I was hoping for an earlier date since she is having quite a bit of pain lately. However they are booked but have put us on the short notice list. She’s eager and nervous at the same time. I think she’s mostly excited to see what kind of coin the Tooth Fairy will bring and to show all her friends at school where her teeth came out. Isabelle does not do well with pain. She can trip over a crack in the floor and barely hurt herself but yet she acts as though she just ripped her big toe from her foot. The surgeon is going to proceed with using Nitrous. I know it worked well for Madeline but she’s a bit more tolerant of pain. I think it will be quite a while before Isabelle trusts a dentist again after her teeth are pulled. I know she won’t feel anything, but the whole process is going to be a bit much for her I think.

She was all smiles at the appointment today and enjoyed the little tour she was taken on while I got to learn that I should have become a dental surgeon. You wouldn’t believe the money to take out teeth!! I feel the need to tell our children that they should start saving their piggy bank money to help their children pay for tooth extractions! Or in the very least to get great jobs with awesome benefits!!

Lastly, Aidan will be seeing our pediatrician this week so she can refer him to an ENT. Likely the same one Madeline sees. Since Aidan had pneumonia the last few weeks of summer, his post nasal drip has increased. He’s making his odd sound, which is him clearing his throat, more than he did before. Our Dr had suggested that we increase his once a day nasal spray to twice and to also try all the OTC children’s allergy medication. We have done as she asked and nothing has helped improve his problem. When I was in with Madeline the other week she asked how he was and then suggested it is time to refer him to the ENT. So off we go. I hope that we can find a solution for Aidan as I know this is not awesome for him. So fingers crossed our ENT will have a solution.

That’s all for tonight. The husband and I are wishing we were young and care free again as the house needs a new roof. Boo to being an adult with responsibilities. The kids have no idea how good they have it right now!

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oh yeah I have a blog…

So summer is over and the kids are back to school and so am I. Today I am working on my classes and hope to have at least 2 assignments handed in and one ready to be handed in later this week.

I am using some break time I made for myself to try and post an update on our life. All is well. Aidan seems to be over his pneumonia. We are still having some post nasal drip issues however. I believe there will be a trip to the Dr for him in the near future to discuss our next step for this. He has yet to gain his 1.5 lb loss also.

Isabelle is doing well. She’s having some pain in her mouth because two of her new teeth are coming in where her old teeth still are! She is scheduled to meet with a dental surgeon next week and he will remove 4 of her baby teeth. Down the road she will likely have more teeth removed and the Orthodontist said the dreaded word “braces” at our appointment. Isabelle, likely her siblings too, have serious over crowding issues in their mouths. Fingers crossed that just pulling teeth will do the trick!

Madeline is doing well. Her surgery is coming up in two weeks! I can’t believe it’s coming up so quickly. This week I have a teleconference with a nurse to do her admissions and also I plan to book Madeline and I on a “Surgical Safari.” This will give Madeline a chance to see the hospital. Where she will be before and after surgery. As well as give her a chance to ask any questions. After surgery Madeline will come home and be off school for the week. She’s fairly bummed about missing school but the all you can eat ice cream, pudding and Jell-O and apple sauce has helped to cheer her up some. We are hopeful that this surgery will help improve Madeline’s sleep quality. Hopeful it will also result in less throat and ear infections too.

The school year is off to a fairly good start. Aidan’s first day wasn’t awesome as he was punched in the face at the end of the day. We still aren’t exactly sure why this occurred and where the teacher was either. Aidan and his face are just fine though. Both Aidan and Madeline are enjoying grade one. I had no worries about Madeline starting grade one, Aidan is a different story but has managed to surprise me! He has already brought home some pages of practicing his letters and he writes in his agenda every day! Hooray Aidan!

Isabelle is also enjoying school and loves her teacher. I hope for a better year for Isabelle. Last year was rough and she just needs a better year this go around. Isabelle can do far better in French that she gives herself credit for. Hopefully she will find her voice this year and be able to speak up more in class.

As for me, well I took on three courses this semester. I think I managed to find the three heavy courses!! All three have in person final exams. One teacher has already said that it is possible to ask to write a final early. One of my classes while heavy, I should be able to finish early and hopefully will get permission to write the final early. If I can do it a month early that will give me a month to study for the other two which I will write in December. Crossing every finger and toe and body part that will cross that the kids stay relatively healthy this fall/winter and I can really focus on my studies.

In being an adult/homeowner sucks news: We need a new roof. Boo. This week we are getting quotes from some of the local roofing companies and then will have to decide when the right time will be to do the roof. One company has told us that we could wait until after winter but that he would be surprised if we didn’t have problems during or after winter. Just what I wanted to hear. So if they all say the same thing then it looks like we will be needing to have this done before the snow flies. This makes me want to crawl back into bed and never leave.

Jersey is doing well. She’s on some pain meds for her back and hip. Poor girl. For my next break from school work today we will go around the block. It would be awesome if she didn’t poop on the nicest manicured lawn today!