I had my 6 week postpartum check up this morning at 10:50 am and so I stayed home and ran errands and cleaned all day long. Ed said that today was NOT a good day. The first thing he said to me after he called me was that they almost had to admit Oliver to the hospital down there. He told me that Ollie had thrown up twice in the car on the way down. The first time Ed mopped it up with HIS shirt and the second time with OLLIE'S shirt. So I'm picturing them walking around topless at the hospital!!! I suppose they had their coats on to maintain some level of modesty in public!!! I guess now we know to bring some old towels, a puke bucket and a change of clothes with us. He then told me that he had an asthma attack in the hospital before he went in for his radiation treatment. Poor little man! There are lots of triggers for an asthma attack. The cold doesn't help and his allergies may be flaring. He's grown out of his wheat and egg allergies and is still borderline allergic to dairy and allergic to peanuts and tree nuts. We've really been watching his dairy intake because we know that this aggravates his asthma. Poor little guy.
When they returned home, Oliver said that he didn't feel good and I gave him a hug and he started to cry. I just loved him and stroked his hair for a few minutes. He is going through so much. He's sooooooo attached to Ed right now so it's rare that he comes to me seeking comfort. I'll take whatever I can get. He still climbs up on my lap to play his I-pod Touch or to read books. I had to laugh the other night because he curled up on my good friend Meghan's lap while he played video games on his I-pod. I know that his personality is changing in some ways, but I'm glad that he still likes to cuddle. I love to cuddle with my Ollie! I felt so bad for Ed because later on Jaren, our 2 1/2 year old puked all over him as well. I hope it's just a 24 hour bug! I feel so bad for ALL of the poor boys in my life, including my husband!
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - Ice Storm and the Ronald McDonald House
I stayed home again today because Jaren was still throwing up. Ed and Ollie drove down to Iowa City to stay overnight because of the ice storm that was coming our way. It actually started freezing rain BEFORE they left. He told me that he drove about 35 mph the whole way down and almost went off the road a couple of times. They are staying at the Ronald McDonald House tonight so he will actually be saving a lot of money. It's only $15 a night as opposed to about $70 in a hotel. He said that they played pool, ping pong and air hockey and they were just hanging out. It's nice that he can spend some one-on-one time with Oliver.
He is about halfway through with his radiation treatments. They will be doubling the dosage and so we will be expecting Ollie to lose some hair shortly. It's up to him if he wants to shave his head or not. I know that he's very nervous about it. Ed said he would do it and his little friend, Nicholas, also said that he wants to shave his head to support him as well. He will be having an MRI sometime next week to see if the tumor has shrunk at all. This will be the ONLY time he has radiation. We will keep you posted! Thanks again for all of your prayers for Oliver's health and strength as well as for our whole family.