As previously mentioned, JW had a couple of overnighters in the hospital prior to Thanksgiving and after his August birthday celebration. My sister and the nurses have gotten really good at detecting the slightest change in JW's condition. Specifically, they know the instant he may be coming down with an illness or infection. They have learned that it is best to just take him straight to the children's hospital for observation and to get him started on medication, if needed. This was precisely the case in the last two instances where he went to the hospital. Both times, he was started on medication and was released 24-48 hours later. Once, he didn't even have to have an IV! I went with my sister on one of the days he was released. It was quite the eye-opening experience. I couldn't believe how much she has to remember to check on, ask the the nurses, and remember to pack up to take him home. This kid doesn't travel lightly. She has to unplug him from all the hospital monitors and put him on his portable ones. She has to detach the hospital's oxygen supply and hook him up to the portable oxygen tank...and then the home oxygen concentrator once they get home. Then there's his feeding tube and bag of formula. She has to remember to get all of his medications and the schedule for them that he was on at the hospital...because they somehow always change it when he gets to the hospital. Then there's any new medications they put him on to clear the infection (antibiotics). She also has to get all the regular stuff too...clothes, diapers, blankets, stroller, and so on. It is really astonishing. I was present along with mom and niece, T to assist and take pictures, of course. Here are some shots from what was an adventure for me and normal life for my sister...
JW, laughing at his sister being silly
So precious...thank you Lord for that smile!