Many many...many moons ago I was at my college orientation. I thought it was unbelievably dumb because I was about 4 years older than anyone there and couldn't care less about the college experience (I was already worn out by my equestrian experiences). But I saw a girl walking around on crutches who needed some help. I'd watched several people walk through doors and not hold them for her (come on people) and then watched her attempt to get a plate of food from a buffet line (ok, that was funny). Of course she wasn't asking for help and so, of course recognizing this tendency I have myself (many of you remember me breaking both my arms, yes at the same time, and continuing to live by myself, drive to tx, lunge my horses--only thing I couldn't do was operate a can opener for Charlotte's food), I went to help. We hit it off immediately and then I met her dad who is one of the funniest people I've ever met. Kaylee and I stayed friends all through college and got married exactly one month apart. It's always been fate. At her wedding I met her best friend, Tara, from high school and we became facebook friends.
Tara is a nuclear medicine tech at UVA (yeah, so smart), and despite having only met me once before, there has only been a rare day that she hasn't come up to visit and check on us. Of course she is a hot blonde chick, so James is in love. I would never have thought about having a fun night out when my son is in the hospital...seems wrong. But after a while, you have to try for a normalish life. So last night Tara came up after a long day at work and watched James while Tom and I had an absolute blast at Zinc, walking distance from the hospital. Great food, great wine, fun kitchen store next door where I got James an apron so we could make cookies together. We actually had a wonderful time together and certainly didn't have to worry about James at all. A full nursing staff sure does take the pressure off.
Our home date keeps getting pushed back. J is still vomiting every morning early so we are changing his feeding regiment up again. We will shorten the overnight feed and add some daytime boluses. He seems to now be handling these better. Still really hoping to make it home before mother's day though. Fingers crossed!
On an unrelated/sort of related note, the following site is for the telethon airing in June where they took a little video of us. Could be scary of me mostly, but there you go if you want to keep posted!
UVA Children's Hospital Telethon