Just over two weeks and we’re home. It doesn’t even sound very long when I say it. Each day went by so slowly, especially when he was suffering so much. He went in with a bunch of hair, 5 pounds of extra weight (he’s now 22 pounds), one diaper size bigger and in complete misery. He had 3 IV lines and 2 med lines going into him at one point. He was admitted on his birthday when none of the hospital Christmas decorations were up.
Today, his head is as smooth as a bowling ball. His body just skin and bones. He looks like a Gollum bobble head except that he’s super cute. There was a moment last week when I honestly wondered if he was going to make it through the night. But today, he’s slowly eating and loving his time with his sisters. He’s so weak that he can’t walk or stand on his own and crawls around like a giant baby. But he’s such a tough little guy and continues to impress me. ⠀
As we left, he noticed all the new Christmas decorations, pointing out the “teeny tiny trees”. He holds no ill will towards me even when I kept bringing him back, when I could do nothing to ease his pain or when I allowed people to poke and prod. He doesn’t wallow in self-pity. He doesn’t embellish or exaggerate. ⠀
I took a lot for granted before Colton got sick. I think when your kids are healthy, it’s easy to stress about things like practicing piano or doing math homework (I know my audience). But what I REALLY took for granted was that he could eat. Now I watch him eat with utter amazement...and appreciation that I don’t need to catch it 10 minutes later!
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