Mondays are always busy, but today was busier than usual. First, I had to get the kids ready and send them off to school. Then I had to do a huge pile of laundry (It took all day). I noticed Diana had a runny nose yesterday and today she told me her left ear hurt, I knew that she shouldn’t get sick before her planned surgery, so I called the pediatric cardio-thoracic surgery coordinator to see what I should do. She told me to take her to the pediatrician and get her checked and then to call her back. So after I got off the phone with her I called to make an appointment. I got her in at 11:15 a.m. and that took a good chunk of time out of my busy day. The doctor told me he didn’t see any ear infection or even fluid in the ears and that her lungs sounded clear. He said she could either have allergies or she could be starting to get a cold and that I should just keep my eye on her. So it seems I spent all that time for nothing, I guess I am a little too paranoid. We got home shortly after noon and then I had to clean the kitchen, do some more of the laundry and go visiting teaching. The lady I visit teach cancelled at the last minute so I went to the grocery store instead (Mondays are my big shopping day of the week). I then had about an hour to do more laundry and perhaps relax for ten minutes or so. When the girls got home from school I had to take Diana to the hospital for her surgery prep class. So I left Emily and Anne in charge and left again.
Surgery prep class is held at Primary Children’s Mondays – Thursdays from 4:30-5:30 in the afternoon. They recommend it because they say that if the kids are prepared they have a faster recovery time and they are not so nervous when they go in. When I got there today there were already quite a few kids there. Most of them were there for same day surgery and only three of us were there to be admitted and kept longer. They showed the kids a video that had a little robot boy who was having surgery and showed all the things that hapened to him while he was at the hospital. After the video the adults went to one side of the room and all the kids went to the other. One of the nurses talked to the adults about the procedures and such, while the kids got to see and feel some of the equipment that would be used by the doctors and nurses such as a stethescope and masks that are used to put them under. They gave Diana a hat, gloves, mask, a paper to color, and a little doll patient to take home. The little doll has no face on it so the kids could put one on themselves when they got home. I thought Diana would be shy and whiny during the class, but I was wrong, she loved to see, feel, and touch everything and was gung ho to do everything the other kids did.
Because the class ends at rush hour we didn’t get home until about 6:30. I didn’t have dinner done ahead of time so I had to make it when I got home which put dinner on the table about 7:30. I then had to help Anne with a report which she left until the last minute to do. After that BYUFan and I had to put the kids to bed. I wish I could have gone to bed then too, but I had a huge pile of clean laundry to fold and put away and I had to make my own bed because I washed the sheets today. Luckily while I was helping Anne with her report, BYUFan stepped up to the plate and did alot of the folding for me and he even helped me make the bed.
Now I get to post this and then finally to bed. I hope tomorrow is not like today.
I forgot one thing, this afternoon we got a package in the mail. It was a care package from BYUFan’s sister Melissa. She has had experience with kids being in the hospital for surgery and knew just what we needed to survive when Diana goes in on Thursday. She even got a movie for the kids who have to stay at home and wait. It really made my day to think that someone cares enough to think of us even though she has many worries of her own. Thanks alot Melissa and Kyle.