Time Marches On

It would be difficult to go through in detail the many, many, many hospital visits and stays we have had. Most of them consisted of sedating Nick (until he was about 2 1/2), which for us was a long and awful process.

Nick has teeny tiny veins and after being denied liquid for the hours leading up to sedation, were even harder to use. We only use the IV Team with Nick, and even these amazing specialists usually took about 5 tries to get a good stick. It was a hard thing to watch and restrain him while they did what was necessary. You have to listen to the pleading, scared, angry screams of your baby and try to be calm and soothing while they do their job. You hold your child down and beg in your own mind to Heavenly Father to "PLEASE let them get it this time!"

After the "sticking" would come the temporary relief of the drug that would lull the baby off to sleep. And the doctors and nurses would do their best to work fast and do the many tests that they had to whilst he slept.

Suffice it to just say that there were MRI's, Echo's, X-rays, EKG's, I believe a CATSCAN, blood draws, ultrasounds and so on. Most all of these done on more than a few occasions.

Most of the time we were only in the hospital for 6 or 7 hours at a time. There have been times when we thought things were going along fine and during a visit the doctors would inform us that we needed to stay for a while, there are times when things don't go as planned. We learned to ALWAYS pack an overnight bag and plan on the visit being longer, because even a routine visit can turn into something more.

But, time does march on, or rather, slip through our fingers. You get through things. Every day is not bad. You try to take things one day at a time, and try not to be down-trodden and gloomy. If you are positive about all the blessings you are receiving (even through trials) you will find that most days are wonderful, because you appreciate what you have.

Simply stated: The key to happiness is to be thankful.

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