September 2011

  • Allergy test today

    Allergy test today

    Today Namine had an allergy test at the hospital, but as usual, we got a little more excitement than we bargained for. She threw up at the clinic, so I had to call my mom to bring some spare clothes. (Of course I was stuck at work, otherwise I would have done it myself.)

  • A near miss

    A near miss

    Jessica took Namine to the ER this afternoon. She – Namine, I mean, not Jessica – was playing with a pencil in her mouth, despite being told not to. The next thing you know, Namine’s mouth is bleeding. And the cold grip of fear: did Namine puncture her palate?

  • Remember, remember the fifteenth of September

    Remember, remember the fifteenth of September

    There are no gunpowder, treasons, or plots here. Just a little thing called decannulation. That’s right, kids. A year ago, Namine got rid of her trach, and her entire world changed.

  • Physical therapy day

    Physical therapy day

    I meant to talk about this some time ago, but you know how things are. Busy busy busy, that’s us. So anyway, apparently September 9 is Physical Therapy Day. I missed the date, perhaps, but it’s never too late to talk about the benefits of PT.

  • A visit to ENT

    Namine’s sinus and ear infections are not getting any better. She coughed nearly all night last night, and so today we paid a visit to the ENT clinic to have her ear suctioned and a nasal culture taken. You can imagine how that went.

  • Scary sats and an x-ray

    Scary sats and an x-ray

    When Namine drops her sats, our immediate thought is that she’s getting sick. Well, she’s already sick, so it would be no surprise that her sats are down a little. But Namine was down to 81 this morning, and that’s frightening. To make matters worse, Namine woke up with the croup again.

  • Sounding things out

    See that shirt? I have that shirt. It’s one of Namine’s favorites, because it has what she calls “chickies” on it. The other day, I was wearing it and Namine pointed to the pictures.

  • One of those days

    One of those days

    Namine woke herself up this morning – 4:00 in the morning, to be precise – coughing a familiar barking cough. Of course, both Jessica and I were half asleep. (I don’t actually remember running from our room to Namine’s; I’ve just filed that one away as acting on parental instinct.)

  • Ear infection again, again

    Ear infection again, again

    Namine has another ear infection. So once again, she’s on ear drops – though this time, it’s her right ear that’s infected. It must not be as painful as the last time. Namine hasn’t complained of her ear hurting; Jessica noticed some drainage, so she took her in to see the pediatrician.

  • Staying home from school

    Staying home from school

    Today marks the second day that Namine will have been kept home from school. Little kids being what they are (petri dishes for sickness), we can’t send Namine off to school with a fever, which she’s had for two days now. Lots of rest are in order, and she should be feeling fine for school…

  • Nightmares


    Last night was the first night in several days that Namine didn’t wake up in the middle of the night crying. We used to suspect that she has nightmares, but our suspicions are confirmed and we wonder no longer at the subject of those terrible dreams.

  • Someone likes school. A LOT.

    Someone likes school. A LOT.

    Jessica and Namine were running late after therapy this afternoon. So late that Namine would miss half of her school day – although in this case “day” is only two and a half hours. So Jessica gave Namine the choice – go to school, or go home. The answer? “School!”