Nurse- and doctor-baiting/teasing/flirting: Sam has made a friend in one of the residents, Dr. L, and he spent the evening watching Olympics with her (and making her chase the paper airplane they were tossing back and forth). She even joined us on our walking laps. He chats with the nurses, he flirts with them, he listens to what they say and calls them out on it if they don't follow through...suddenly he is the polite, engaging, wonderful young man that I remember from about 2 months ago.
|And wonder of wonders, he rested his head on my knee...|
|The Lap Counting Board|
Adapting/Growing Up/Being Resilient: Looking back just a few short weeks, I can't tell you how different Sam is now. Tonight he threw up (into a bucket, in the hallway, with the assistance of a handful of nurses) and then looked at me and told me that we were going back out into the common room to keep watching the Olympics. Totally unfazed. He isn't really eating...he's back on IV nutrition, but I think that Michael and I will get Calm Parent Medals for this one - last time it really freaked us out but this time we were much more comfortable with this as a "normal" part of the process. And we know that it isn't a permanent state of affairs.
There's the All-Around Gold Medalist himself.
Funny, quirky, witty, curious and all-around awesome kid.
I'm a lucky mama.