Tuesday, February 06, 2007

The New OK

There is tired, and there is chemo-tired. The two aren't in the same solar system.

Still, though, having a trached kid with a cold is really pushing the envelope on the "tired" category. Poor Thomas was up most of Saturday night coughing, so much so that he started just weakly crying instead of trying to get the crud out.

During the day time, his trach is capped, so it's easier for him to swallow the stuff down, but at night, the hole is open and it's a lot of work to cough anything more than basic spit out. This means one of us has to suction the thing out each and every time. . . and right now, that's mostly me, as Scott needs to rest when the pain will let him.

Scott was worrying after me yesterday. "You've barely slept in days," he said. "Are you all right? I mean, like, overall ok?" ...in AT* shorthand, this means, "Are you maintaining your sanity in such a way as to be able to drive, speak distinctly, and make basic logical conclusions?" and possibly, "Are you going to senslessly gripe at me to reduce your stress?"

I said, "I'm tired, but I'm not, you know, chemo tired." Which in our new language means, "I will probably gripe senselessly at you but I will recognize this before the end of the evening and will have enough energy to cook you dinner in apology, and I am probably in good condition to go to work, if no one asks me hard questions."


"Oh," said Scott. "Sweet."


*After Tumor


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3 Comments:

At 1:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

when u need me, im here. I dont work thursday or friday. so if you need me. im yours.

-rhonda

 
At 4:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sarah whatever you need let us know we can watch Thomas your dad and I can take shifts he is off all weekend so you guys can sleep. We will be glad to bring you dinner one night. Whatever you need.

Nana and Grandpa

 
At 1:50 AM, Blogger Ctelblog said...

Aw no. Trachy + cold is a really nasty combo. The joy of suctioning. I hope it isn't that often during the night. If well, my boy only needs it about 4-5 times once asleep. If ill...sky's the limit (say 120 per day)

Hope Thomas gets better very soon and you get some sleep.

 

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