The tradition around these parts (the Baker’s Dozen parts, that is) is for girls to get their ears pierced when they turn ten. Jubilee’s was a bit late due to me arriving home from Houston just five days before her birthday. I did manage to pull off a party (with new friends from school even!) and gifts, but no ear-piercing. We took advantage of her break from school and finally got it done the day before she returned.
And, for those of you who don’t follow on Facebook or Instagram (littleearthling) Apollo had a perfectly normal swallow study yesterday! He has absolutely no compression on his esophagus. The swallow study was done because of his recent increase in choking. Since everything looks good structurally, it appears the he just needs to learn to eat food (much like a baby would) and be watched closely. I am so excited…This means, he no longer has a physical need for the g-tube! Now, don’t get me wrong, he needs the g-tube still because he can’t eat enough yet to maintain his weight and grow, but there is every reason to believe he will, eventually, be g-tube free.
His swallow study appointment was at 8 am and he had a second appointment (with a nutritionist) at 1:30 so we had a huge chunk of time to kill. When we left the hospital in the morning we told Apollo that we were going to head back later, but just to talk (he is always worried about getting x-rays).
Later, while heading back to the hospital, Apollo threw his arms up in the air in a gesture of explanation and said, “I’m not going to have heart surgery today. I am just going to talk to them and the people are just going to talk to me!”
That’s right, Buddy. No heart surgery today.