What a week. Isaac had to go back to the emergency room on Monday and was admitted to the hospital. The doctors wanted to keep a close eye on his blood chemistry, which had been out of whack since last Wednesday when Isaac first went to the emergency room for dehydration. It turned out he'd had a fit of rhabo-myolysis. Certain enzymes in his blood needed to be flushed out with an IV while they made sure that gunk didn't damage his kidneys. At home, that same night Charlotte developed a super-fever and I had to baby her through the night to keep her temperature down: wet towels on the forehead, icy drinks, medicine, blanket rearrangements. I was up every hour or so.
Our whole dollhouse plan for Charlotte could not be completed without Isaac, so I had to dive into the stores for a last-minute, second gift-plan for Charlotte on Tuesday. I had limited options for who to call for babysitting, not wanting to get anyone else's kids sick for the holidays. My mother dashed in with her flashing cape and super-hero goggles to save the day. Six frenzied hours later (lots of long lines) I was back with a full sleigh. Then it was gift-wrapping till 3am and fever-nursing all night again.
Isaac surprised us on Christmas Eve by returning from the hospital earlier than expected. His bloodwork was looking better and better and his kidneys had been working perfectly, so the doctors let him come home for Christmas. That night I fancied up our Christmas tree with new baubles and fronds as a surprise for Isaac. I didn't originally know if he'd be home before Christmas or not. I figured a dolled-up tree would add some holiday magic to our otherwise frazzled week.
Christmas day was wonderful -- though I was exhausted. My parents watched with us while the kids stirred up a storm of torn paper and ribbon. Later, Isaac made a champion breakfast of apple-fritter-bread french toast, hash browns & bacon. Christmas dinner made a last-minute detour to our house and everyone came over for a potluck of good food and a white elephant exchange. (I ended up with The Godthumb on dvd -- perfect white elephant, Matt!)
My mom made all four of her kids a picnic blanket with loops at each corner. Each blanket came with a carrying bag and a set of tent stakes for tacking the blanket in place through the loops. What a ton of work -- and inventive! (I'll take some photos next time we head to the park.)
I'm sure this Christmas will go down in family history -- two emergency room visits, a multiple-night stay in the hospital, a last-minute Christmas swap-out for Charlotte, all-night fever care, a Christmas dinner moved to our house, and new, feel-better tree bling to jazz up our one perfect day this week -- Christmas.
Yesterday I slept-in till 2pm. And I'm still tired.