Ethan had a great, rough week. Yes, it was good, and it was bad. I will start with the bad so that we can just get it out of the way…because…I like to end on a happy note.
He is continuing to throw up once per day, almost every day. It happens at different times of the day. I picked him up from school early two days, and he went back to class the other days. Have I mentioned that my sister is the amazing school nurse? Well, she is, and we are very blessed by that. Yes, she lives next door, and she is the school nurse. It is incredible, and we often wonder how we got so lucky.
Anyway, since Ethan’s nurse is also his aunt, he kind of gets the royal treatment when he goes to see her. We treat our nieces and nephews as if they are our own. So, with that, she assesses him, kisses him, tells him that she loves him, and sends him back to class. She knows that he is not contagious. Of course, what we do not know is what is causing it.
A call to his doctor on Tuesday resulted in an antibiotic and anti-fungal. Given that we have all (well, everyone except for Sean) had a little bug, I thought that Ethan was most likely having another sinus flare-up, resulting in drainage that was causing the gag-reflex to go into action. And, I am still not certain whether that is the case or not.
Of course, the other option is that it is a reflux flare-up, which I mentioned last week. So, to be on the safe side and try to clear out everything, we are doing the antibiotic, the anti-fungal, and the reflux medicine. And, I will likely be calling his doctor again on Monday if this continues so that we can get a face-to-face appointment. However, let me just say that I love, love, love that I can call, talk to the nurse, and get results without always having to go in for an appointment.
Now…on to the good. Ethan had a great week at school. One of his teachers told me today that he is just “sunshine”. She said that he was playing with all of the kids on the playground this week. They were all laughing and having a great time. I love it when people see Ethan’s magical gifts, and, honestly, you do not have to look very hard to see them. He is sunshine, and he truly does light up a room with his smile. And, when you get the laughter with the smile….well, that is when the true magic happens.
Since Ethan’s birthday is on Sunday, he had his school celebration yesterday. Summer and I ate lunch with him. And, he gave packages of sidewalk chalk to all of his classmates, as a little birthday favor. Friday is fun day, so his sweet teacher let them go outside and play with the sidewalk chalk. His friends also made him a birthday book, which he was so excited to show me.
He loves, loves, loves his birthday. Don’t we all? He has been practicing blowing out his candles for a week. If all goes according to plan, we will see the smile and hear the laughter when I show him the Angry Birds cookie cake that I am making for him. Yes, there will be magic for my middle little’s 7th birthday, most of which he will create, just by being himself. Everyone needs an Ethan….because….with an Ethan comes unicorns and rainbows every day, even the ones where we are scratching our heads trying to figure out the latest health or nutrition complication.
So, there was good and there was bad this week. I choose to focus on the good while we try to solve the bad. At this point, we are trying to determine if we need to balance some things in Ethan’s diet. Mostly, though, we know that we will just keep doing what we do best….loving our little boy, holding him often, hugging him tight, and fighting for him in all that we do. And, most importantly, celebrating the birthday of a special little guy who brightens our lives in so many wonderful, amazing ways every single day.