Wednesday, 2nd May
Thursday, 3rd May
Friday, 4th May
H E L P !!!!
The fourth was definitely not with us on Friday <<cringe>> Sorry, couldn't resist...especially because I only found out round 6pm why everyone was "May the Fourth be with you"ing all day.
In actual fact, when Chris let me know he was on his way home on Friday evening I sent him a text saying "Are you sure you don't want to rethink that?" No point in both of us going down, right? So run while you can my friend! By Friday evening Sam's eyes were looking really puffy and his cheeks all flushed and somewhat swollen. Mmmm...I told Chris I was quite convinced Sam had sinusitis - had a little experience with that one myself you see, so I could almost "feel" how Sam "looked".
The weekend was pretty much more of the same so come Monday, off we headed to the paediatrician who, after a thorough examination and usual vomitting that comes with Sam being weighed, said "Mmmm....Sam has a rather nasty sinusitis!" So another ten day course of antibiotics for Sam...the only antibiotic left that we haven't exhausted during the last three months. Sam seemed to have a much more comfortable night on Monday, but last night we were back to the smurfrobatics (nighttime thrashing), now accompanied by additional coughing coming from Meghan's bedroom. Sigh!
Ironically, Sam had his best ever physio session last Wednesday...all thanks to his iPad. It had worked for his previous OT session, so I suggested to Heidi we give it a try for physio as well and, with the exception of one or two moans from Sam when Heidi tried to push him a little, Sam did really well...as long as I kept the apps flowing. So being able to use Sam's iPad to entice/distract Sam with OT and PT respectively, has proven to be quite the added bonus. However, at this point, we are focusing predominantly on speech prompts and signing for speech therapy where bringing the iPad in would not really be beneficial. Usually this would not be a problem as Sam is quite relaxed and comfortable with speech therapy, but on Thursday Sam obviously felt he had to give us at least some therapy resistance for the week and so moaned and protested throughout the entire session. With physio having gone quite well again this morning, let's hope tomorrow's speech session is not going to follow last week's pattern.
That's roughly about where we are at the moment. Sam's Granny is coming for a visit from tomorrow until Monday, which is something to look forward to and other than having to go do a bit of a hunt for a birthday pressie for Tuesday, we have nothing else really exciting planned. Yes! Sam is three years old on Tuesday. Almost hard to believe...as is the fact that he now weighs a solid 13kg's (although I have no trouble convincing my aching arms and neck that he weighs that much). Exactly three years ago I was lying in hospital praying that I would carry Sam to 34 weeks, but that just didn't seem to be the plan for us :)
Giving a lighthearted account of how things have been over the last week or so is quite refreshing and therapeutic...but this time last week lightheartedness was the last thing I had running through me. Disheartened would be far more accurate. We've dealt with it before and will no doubt deal with it again...aggressiveness. Just after his surgery in August, Sam became extremely aggressive and lashed out mostly at me and, with obviously feeling really crummy last week and not being able to communicate it to anyone, Sam resorted to some pretty aggressive (and mostly well-aimed) hitting and kicking. While I know not to take it as a personal attack, it doesn't always soften the blow to one's spirit. It's really only the second time we've dealt with this challenge and by Monday Sam was not only back to his usual affectionate self, but even seemed to be trying to make up for his behaviour last week by dishing out even more love and hugs than usual. When I allow my mind to delve into that dark place, I have to admit that it is something that I find quite frightening. I know, from occasional posts to the listserv or FB group, that behavioural issues as these RTS sweeties (and many special needs kids I would presume) grow older are not uncommon. Almost makes you wish there was a way to prepare yourself for it - but that would just be too easy, now wouldn't it? Still, perhaps trying on Meg's goalie kit might not be entirely unfruitful ;)