Wednesday, May 30, 2012
On Tuesdays, we not only spend time preparing her for what's coming the next day, she also gets to pack up her froggie backpack with whatever will fit in there. Yup! It's full!
This time she filled it with books, her bravery beads, a shell, a dog from Kate, Patches and her blanket.
Despite it being quite the event every week, she is always VERY excited to go back to the "hosible". We are so thankful for this!
So on our way we went again. Even before we got to the highway, though, somebody, ahem, committed a safety traffic infraction. Did you know that going 83 km/hr in a 60 zone is speeding??! Who knew?! And so we prepared ourselves for sitting on the side of the road for awhile. The policeman had other plans. As soon as he heard where we were going, he gave back the license and said "Have a good day, sir, and please keep our roads safe." (now you know it wasn't ME driving! :o)
At the hospital, Shaindy was there again, with a bag full of tricks. Keziah LOVES these little wind-up toy thingees.
Keziah was introduced to Herman this week! Herman likes to eat bubbles!!
Everything went very well beforehand. And then, the doctor walked in. Yeah. Not so well anymore. Keziah had an absolute fit. I am so not used to hearing her scream and cry like that. I am so thankful for thinking ahead by putting Kleenexes in my pocket. It is so hard. It took Nathan and I, Shaindy and another doctor to hold her still. It's not that it hurts her, it's the "holding still" part that freaks her out. But we have to hold her tight or else she'll rip the needles out, like she tried the few times I loosened my grip.
It is hard, especially because we worked on preparing her for everything the days leading up to Wednesdays. It is hard not to think "what did I not go over with her?" or "are we not preparing her enough?". When she flips out like that, I have to fight the urge to think that I failed her in some way by not helping her in her anxiety. We are so thankful for Shaindy who, through working with Kez, makes us feel that it is not up to us to distract her during the procedures. It just relieves the pressure off of us in that way so we can concentrate on comforting her.
Once the procedures were over, with 17 cc's in the cheek and another 30 in the forehead, Keziah was excited to get some chocolate milk. Good thing Daddy went to buy it because Mommy sure wouldn't think to buy something like this!!!
The poor gingerbread man didn't stand a chance in her hands!
So here are the results after 6 fills:
Our next fill-up will be on Monday, June 4th, where they will leave the cheek alone and just fill up the forehead. The cheek will need about one more fill, but the forehead can stretch yet quite a bit more. Surgery is booked for Friday, June 29th. So we DO get to go away for the long weekend.....just not your typical long weekend getaway :o)
We know so many of you are praying for us and we are thankful. We ask that you pray for us, her parents, that we may be strong for her during the procedures. They are so exhausting. We also ask that you would pray for Kez, that she may still remain excited to go to the hospital and that her anxiety level will not go any higher than it is during the procedures (not sure if it can get any higher, but I'd rather not find out). Thank you all for remembering us!! We hope this blog is doing what it's supposed to be doing, keeping you informed and updated. Thank you for reading it!