Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Weak Week

It's been an up and down week. At the moment, Thomas is in my lap, carefully eating around the edamame I have hidden in his Fruity Cheerios. ("Look at the yummy marshmallows, Thomas!")

Since the ER run the other night, our biggest fight has been sleep. You can imagine, perhaps, that it might be disorienting to be happy and at home one moment, and then to find yourself for the next two weeks being drugged and poked and force-fed bad-tasting medicine and feeling totally miserable. Now, imagine you are two, and coming down off of opiates and steroids. I'd want my mommy to come check on me every little while, too.

Throwing us all off further is the fact that he cannot walk yet. His balance and strength are returning, but very slowly. This frustrates and confuses him. I watch his little face getting quizzical when he falls down after managing to stand up on his own. I hate it.

This condition, of course, has not kept him from trying to crawl out of the crib. ! We laid him down for bed the other night, choosing to let him cry it out a bit despite the way that makes the pits of our stomachs churn. ...and so imagine the heart-flutters when we returned to see his weak little legs propped up on the edges of the crib and his head wayyyy over the outside.

That's your snapshot of the week, Thomas fans!

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At 1:06 PM, Anonymous Aunt Kaitlin said...

And oh such fans we are!

At 4:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

your post made no sense.. but thanks for giving a glimpse of the Bickles life.

At 7:18 PM, Blogger Dalene said...

So Thomas, you want to be an Olympic gymnast already? Praying much for you all, and sending love, too. Auntie Dalene

At 8:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello, you don't know me but my family is praying for yours. I don't know why that person said your post didn't make sense - it made perfect sense. Perhaps they don't have children.

My son is a few months older than Thomas. I put him in a sleepsack which inhibits him from trying to crawl out of the crib. Also, if you feel he's trying to crawl over, a crib tent can help.

I feel for you. Hugs and hang in there.

At 6:49 AM, Blogger Ctelblog said...

Hang in there. Hopefully the walking thing is just temporary. The surgery area is notorious for affectng balance, especially with post-op swelling - even moreso with multiple post-op swellings! Took my boy ages to get back on his feet but it did happen.

At 11:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am another anonymous huge fan that reads daily- thanks for taking the time to update us and know we are praying for you and the family. Love reading about Thomas!!!

At 12:10 PM, Blogger Thomas, as told to Sarah said...

(note: I actually immediately went and looked at the price of the crib tent. Instead, though, we're keeping him in the Pack and Play, which is harder to climb; so far so good...?!?)

At 5:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know that this goes with out saying, but, I will do whatever you need, whenever you need. Whatever it is, even if it is 3am, please call (I can't guarantee I will answer, but I know you live in sureal time zone now, and depending on the day, you may catch me at 3)Like everyone else, (and you!) I feel so helpless! I was glad that I could help out Scotty the other night, in an unexpected way...Your family is always in my thoughts (some people may call it "prayers")...There are no words anymore...
Love, Theresa
(I couldn't figure out how to e-mail, that's why I posted)

At 2:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dang it!!
I want to help TOO!
Just to let you know... should be ashamed of yourself for scarring your child against marshmellows like that.
I love you.


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