Those of you who follow me on Facebook or Instagram are likely already aware, but my last update here was from the morning after surgery, so we’re overdue for a post here!
FangFang’s pain remained under control with oral pain meds throughout the day on Wednesday, and we were able to get her Pamidronate infusion that afternoon, so we were discharged from the hospital reasonably early Thursday morning! We so appreciate everyone who is a part of FangFang’s care team in Omaha, but it is so good to get out of the hospital. FangFang is so much more herself, and if I can handle everything she needs at home, this is a much better place for her to continue to heal and recover. We made it home Thursday evening, and it was a huge relief to be back together as a family again.
It’s interesting, though – re-entry is always hard. Or maybe that’s just my family? 😉 I doubt it. Kids are perceptive. FangFang obviously needs extra care and attention after surgery, but my kids who stayed at home had also been away from me for 3 days, and they crave reassurance that they matter, too. Thursday evening was full of not a few meltdowns 🙂 But we made it through!
My mom stayed through Friday, and we had a low key day at home. Honestly, a lot of it looked like this – kids sprawled out on various chairs and couches and on the floor, watching tv.
My aunt and uncle sent some Ni Hao Kai Lan DVDs, and it has been nice to have something new for everyone to enjoy! We have some pretty consistent screen time limits at our house, but the reality is that FangFang currently has 3 limbs immobilized, which makes many activities difficult, if not impossible. We’ve been doing a bit more screen time than usual, and I think that’s entirely appropriate, all things considered.
But we’ve also been easing back into our normal routines. We took 2 weeks off of school while we had family in town for Thanksgiving and then while FangFang and my mom and I went to Omaha for surgery, and it’s always a bit difficult getting back into the groove after a long break. I’ve kept expectations low, and I planned for us to make a truly slow transition, and it’s been going alright 🙂 It takes a lot of work and consistency from me, but we’re getting there!
We’re working with the littles on letters, which they are greatly enjoying!
And the bigs are managing to work some fun into their school days 🙂 Miranda Grace spent some time the other day building with Madeleine CaiQun’s math blocks.
She announced, “This is the story of Vader and how he comes face-to-face with God.” This girl never lacks for creativity 🙂
And for her part, Madeleine CaiQun had some fun making herself into a bean-bag person upstairs.
I’m pleased that we’ve made the transition back to normal life as well as we have. Of course, I’ve been plagued by a cold for over 2 weeks now, and both Miranda and Atticus have been coughing some the last couple days, but I’d hoped everyone else was going to escape the worst of this illness. Miranda has been feeling pretty awful today, though, so I kept her home from swim practice and set her up on the couch for some extra rest and relaxation.
I’m hoping we can make it through the next couple weeks without any more illnesses and we can get a bit more school done before it’s time to disrupt all of our routines again for Christmas!