First, I am writing this post tonight from our apartment and not the hospital where I thought we would be. Caleb’s ANC was too low to be admitted today, and we are going to recheck numbers again on Friday. His ANC must be above 500, and it was only 400 today. The doctor was not worried and said this is normal, so we aren’t too worried. I am just emotionally worn out because there is a certain mental preparation and build up that leads up to these inpatient stays. So to find out it’s going to be postponed for a few days means those feelings start all over. But at least nothing is wrong and we will just wait for his numbers to come back up a little more.
Aside from that news, the last few days have been a little rough around here. First, James caught some sort of bug that put him down and out for a few days. We put him in quarantine and it was just the boys and I for about 3 days. Of course it’s hard without James around to help but the boys and I did have a lot of fun together. For about 2 days the weather here was amazing! It was sunny and in the upper 50’s and we haven’t had weather like that in a while. We took full advantage and played outside a lot! We went outside to ride our scooters on Saturday and the boys were amused by all the birds flying around. They tried to “chase” them, which of course didn’t work out very well. Tyler learned his lesson when all of a sudden he felt bird poop on his hand. We went inside to wash his hands and then I looked down at him and realized it was also on his head. Thank God he had his jacket hood up at the time or it would have been all in his hair. We all got a good laugh out of it!! We also watched birds eat acorns and we even caught one in the grass eating a worm. It made me realize once again how much I love their sense of wonder and discovery and I can’t wait to have a yard for them again.
They also unzipped their jackets and declared themselves superheroes as they “flew” around the courtyard outside our apartment. They always make me laugh!
That night I went to check on the boys before I went to sleep and found Tyler in Caleb’s bed right next to him. The next morning I asked if he remembered why he got in Caleb’s bed and he said because he was scared and he wanted to be with Caleb. Once again another moment that just stole my heart!
The next morning I woke up to the same thing that happens every day… when Caleb decides he wants me to get up he steals my glasses and runs around in them until I panic and get up to get them. That kid never puts glasses on the right way… everything from my glasses to his sunglasses he always puts on upside down. I love it. I hope he never stops doing that ha ha!
Grebbie and Grandpa also arrived in town! We were so grateful because after a long few days of me taking care of the boys by myself and James being sick we were very happy to have some extra help. My dad cooked some wonderful home cooked meals and Caleb and Tyler just love spending time with their Grebbie and Grandpa.
We also finally got a chance to fly the little “drone” balls they got for Christmas from Grandma and Bruce. I don’t really know what they are called but you turn them on and they fly out of your hand and the boys chased them all over the courtyard. We had a lot of laughs trying to catch them before they crashed into something.
So unfortunately starting last night and continuing into today, I was sick. I had a sore throat and had no energy, but luckily I don’t think I had what James had. Of course this means I went into quarantine as well. If I had to emerge from our bedroom I wore a mask and I lysoled everything I touched. Thank goodness Grandpa and Grebbie were here to take care of Caleb so that James could work and I could rest. Caleb is staying with Grandpa and Grebbie tonight because we can’t risk him being around me and getting sick. He is at major risk with his immune system so low. It’s so hard to stay away from him because I miss him, but he had so much with with Grebbie and Grandpa! James took wonderful care of Tyler because I also didn’t want to get too close to him. He helped him with his home work, got him dinner and a bath, and read him his night time book. He also fielded Tyler’s million questions he’s had lately about God, and Heaven, and how you get there (because he wants to visit our dog Kasey). He also asked how the sun rises and how the moon comes out. Poor James was exhausted by the end of the night. We do our best to answer his questions in a way he’ll understand things but he’s so inquisitive. James is still trying to get over being sick so he was worn out by the end of the night ha ha! But I am so grateful that we are all there for each other. I am grateful that I was able to be strong and take care of the kids while James was sick, and that James waited on me and took care of me while I was sick today. We are all tired and worn a little thin, but I am hoping we both wake up tomorrow feeling 100% so we can be all together as a family again.
We will now wait until Friday morning for another blood draw to check Caleb’s counts. Hopefully they will be high enough to be admitted Friday afternoon or evening. I was really surprised his counts were so low because he has been eating well and seems like he has good energy. He even gained a little weight back! But there is nothing we can do about it so we just have to be patient and pray that there will be no more delays or surprises this cycle. We’ll update everyone again on Friday!