Then it brought me to, WOW, little did Byron and I know that 2 weeks later we were going to be delivered some of the most painful news we had ever heard. I think we like to try and convince ourselves that it was all a blur and that we don't really remember the weekend from hell, but really and unfortunately we remember it a little too well. I remember the ultrasound, the techs face and poor eye contact, the doctor walking into the room tell us little boy wasn't going to make it (obviously he proved her wrong), myself saying multiple bad words, looking at Byron wondering if this was a dream, calling my mom, being escorted out a back exit, naming Elliot on our drive home and trying to eat stew for dinner. Even writing this feels like a little therapy to me, haha... I think that Byron and I are different people now because of that day, but not in a bad way just a different way. Last February 4th, was a hard hard day that we try to erase from our memories and I noticed that at first we thought about that day EVERY day and now I can say that sometimes a week will go by and I won't think about that day at all. Although Byron and I realize unfortunately that we can never get rid of that memory, hopefully we can make EVERY future February 4th another day to remember with positive memories.
Alright, alright, alright...at least we all know how that bad day turned out, Elliot is a fantastic miracle that is surprising us daily with his growing personality and mad skills. I try not to relive that yucky Friday but sometimes its therapeutic to just look back and realize how far we have come and how lucky we are and we can't imagine our lives without him.
On a new note, just yesterday Elliot pulled himself up to a standing positioning and now that he has done it once, he has been doing it all day. He is also babbling up a storm and I think "singing". Its really fun to see new cognitive skills (sorry that's the speech therapist in me). When we ask him if we can have a bite, or kiss his ducky, he actually lets us...its really fun to notice him understanding requests.
A little over a week ago, little boy's incision just did not look good...especially after it was looking amazing. We decided to take the helmet off, get ahold of the doctors and see what was going on. Now, listen to how amazing our doctors are...we e-mailed them on a Friday night, got a call immediately from Dr. French who just told us to keep it clean and let her know if it gets worse. Then Sunday, it definitely looked worse and so after Dr. French and I texted back and forth she then called in an antibiotic for Elliot. It seems as if his stitches inside are abscessing. We took him down to Children's this week and had them officially check him out and yep they are abscessing. Luckily we were told that his brain and shunt will not get infected from the incision infection AND after a week on antibiotics he is looking SO much better. He will probably be ready for his helmet again mid-week.
Elliot is also officially a movie star, haha. During one of his helmet appointments, DEX yellow pages was at the clinic videotaping an advertisement for the group and Elliot makes an appearance. If you want to check it out try this link, http://www.dexknows.com/business_profiles/prosthetic_and_orthotic_group_of_northern_colorado_llc-b592771/gallery#videos?pdt=pibasic and then watch the video. Its pretty fantastic.
Byron and I are both back to work and in full swing of second semester and already looking forward to summer. We are gearing up for Elliot's 1st Birthday and just enjoying every weekend we have together. Enjoy some photos...
|Thanks Chris and Ann for my new sweet boot...I'm such a cowboy!|
|I don't need toys, I just need a clear plastic cup...|
|Eating is a whole new experience|
|But mom, look how cute I am with cottage cheese in my hair|
|Elliot is very resourceful and when his hands are in mittens he uses his mouth to hold ducky|
|On his knees playing|
|Getting close to standing tall|
|and off I go...|
|their's our cute naked boy|
|These were taken at Children's, the top photos in November and the bottom are post-surgery...Incredible!|