Wow! What a difference a year makes. Last year, Tanner had just been released from the hospital at 1 pm on Halloween after a 10-day stint for pneumonia. She had lost all her hair while in the hospital and had come home with her port accessed so we could give her IV antibiotics around the clock for the next few days.
This year, no worries. She is full of energy and has beautiful new curly hair and looked adorable as Alice in Wonderland. She and Jake had so much fun trick-or-treating. Our neighborhood was FULL of trick-or-treaters which always makes for a good time.
We’ve had a great weekend. Nothing special, just simple fun playing with neighbors and hanging out at home. I’m on day 4 of my low iodine diet. It’s a little repetitive and limiting and with no dairy allowed, I’m missing creamy stuff. But, I think I’m losing some weight, so there’s that silver lining you can almost always find!
The worst part of the diet is no chocolate or red dye #3, which pretty much eliminates all candy… on Halloween! It almost didn’t seem like Halloween without the candy coma.
Tanner will have to miss three days of school this week because they are offering the flu mist Tuesday, which is a live virus and Tanner can’t afford to be around a large number of people with that vaccine in their system. Dr. Mixan said three days. Wednesday is clinic day and she will have the dreaded LP. We’re forgoing all anti-anxiety meds this time. I’m going for bribes — silly bandz????? We’re also going to sit down with her and let her plan HOW she gets the sleepy milk. Does she want to lie on the table or have me hold her or sit in my lap. What does she want them to say before they give it? Or, does she want to count to three before they give it? Does she want music playing? What does she want to eat or drink when she wakes up? I think giving her control of what we can will help her feel less helpless. We’ll see.
Hope your Halloween was spooky and happy!