26 December 2007

Extreme Christmas

There's nothing stranger than welcoming Christmas at the Children's Hospital ER with your 18-month-old who has a 104.4 fever and is totally disoriented, alternating between asking for his hat so that he can leave, using baby sign language to ask for "more, please," and saying Ho Ho Ho with much charm.

Equally strange: driving through nearly-deserted downtown Akron on Christmas Eve, parking at a meter spot outside the hospital, walking across a lot deeply ridged with frozen mud, realizing you can carry your 23 lb son plus about 25 lbs of other stuff without a second thought. People ask if you need help, and you look at them like they're nuts.

On the way out we had a prescription for augmentin--another ear infection--and a bag full of toys from the staff (it was a slow night, and everyone wanted to give him something). One gift was mooing quite vigorously as I buckled unhappy Ray into his seat. Around 4:30 am Ray started to settle down and sleep, just in time for Gabi to wake up and discover what Santa had left. Ray is partial to the horse below. I will be spending the rest of the week helping him get better.

PS--Yes, he is my little twin.


8 comments:

Karen J. Weyant said...

Oh, what a Christmas to remember! Ray looks content in the picture, so I hope he is feeling better. And I hope you and the rest of your family get some rest, too!

P.S. When I was a child, rocking horses were my favorite. I used to rock them so hard and fast they would tip over. Here's hoping Ray is not quite that energetic.

jeannine said...

Oof, that's a tough Christmas, sweetie! Much love to you and the fam - hope everyone is one the mend!

Penultimatina said...

Thanks you guys!

:)

Nick said...

It's tough to watch a toddler in pain or discomfort. Hope he's doing better. Take care! Best wishes for the rest of the holiday season.

cornshake said...

aw poor little guy! here's to hoping he gets better by new yr's if not sooner!!

sst said...

Sorry about all the stress of the ER and the sick little one. =( Hope you all are back to normal soon.

Deb from 32 poems

Amy said...

Miss Mary, it WILL be a Christmas to remember. I hope you've gotten some sleep and Ray feels better. I got my first of many asthma attacks on Christmas day when I was six--a vivid ER day for my parents, one that I don't remember.

dixiedreams said...

hope your little twin is feeling better. happy new year!