Our family has been going through a rough period. Just a few weeks ago my newly turned 2 year old was diagnosed with a bone tumor in his femur (thigh bone). Since this diagnosis hit, we have been to appointments, many tests…and are a week post-op from his first surgery. Watching my 2 year old being wheeled away by a surgical team into the OR has been the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. I felt my heart sink to the floor. People were talking to me and I couldn’t even process it. I thought, right now, exactly now they are doing things to my son. Focusing on the good, the outcome and his smiling face years from now helped keep me strong…and as I looked around I couldn’t help but see the same look on all of the other parent’s faces. We are all going through this together and each have our own story.
Through this time I have clung to our things. Items that have made our journey easier through comfort. From the custom cloth diapers we took, to the blanket I made, my breast pump and bag…oh, and how I wish I had a way to capture the looks on the faces of surgical interns who walk in on me breastfeeding my 2 year old, or tandem nursing!! PRICELESS!! Anyway, having personal items to care for a child on-the-go is comforting. After surgery we were allowed to use our own diapers and any other items we brought along. He was wheeled into surgery, and brought back out wearing the blanket I made him…and is recovering at home with it too! We were able to use our cloth diapers at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and I was happy to find that the staff left his basic care to us.
After surgery he was crying and I could see he wasn’t himself from pain medication. He was plain old high…luckily, he wanted to nurse and as his morphine wore off he became more himself. We have been potty training and I was surprised that just a few hours after surgery he asked for the toilet. I took him in with his giant leg splint on and put him on the potty. He then projectile vomited everywhere four times… (I have never seen a nurse run away so fast!) …then looked down and peed. Such a sweetheart. Post-operative nausea is common and I cleaned him up with a wash-cloth bath, put his crayon cloth diaper on, fresh pajamas and got to snuggle with my little boy.
The next few days went fast. I took my 3 year old, 7 month old, our double stroller, a suitcase and bags with us…not knowing how long we would be there for my 2 year old. I felt oddly proud walking around knowing I had everything with us my kids might want or need (including Grandma and Pop) was somehow reassuring and comforting…and must have been a sight with our crew in the hospital. I was thrilled when the hospital brought me a ‘breastfeeding care pack’ with a cool bib and lactation cookie and told me I could have a pump if needed! I had never had a lactation cookie, but it was delicious!
I was so happy when he was discharged and hope that every day recovering here at home moves us closer towards a goal of wellness. More doctor visits and tests are in our future, but I feel prepared. As I wait for the phone call from a second pathology report I pray that it comes back benign. This has certainly been an unexpected journey and I hope that if you find yourself with doctors and nurses as your most frequented family members, that you have some items to help comfort you and your family too.
SprayPal and I have teamed up with a group of companies to help provide others with items that might help make their medical journey a bit more pleasant. Weather it’s picking out a special diaper for a checkup, or preparing for surgery and a hospital admittance…what do they boy scouts say??? Be Prepared! 🙂
As always, thanks for stopping by! I appreciate your time and I hope you have a wonderful day. If today is rough, then I hope you have a better tomorrow 🙂
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As always, thank you for stopping by! If you too have found yourself spending more time with doctors then friends and family, have spent so much time on the phone that your arm stays that way 24/7 and if you have had to place your child into the hands of others for surgery know my thoughts are with you too! Please enter this fantastic giveaway below and thank all the wonderful sponsors!