I think I forgot to mention last time that Dr. M said he is confident that he can remove the diverticulum and allow Apollo’s esophagus to “hang free” but does’t think he’ll actually be able to eat “normally” for a long time because he has some serious psychological feeding issues to deal with now. I okay with that. At this point I’m beyond hoping that he’s suddenly going be “cured”. I’m already resigned to plenty of feeding therapy in my future.
Our flight down here was fairly ineventful…with the exception of a few exciting moments…like when the TSA agent insisted on opening a can of Apollo’s formula to test it…and the other TSA agent insisted they needed to open all four cans I brought along for his daily feedings. Don’t aske me what he expected me to feed Apoloo after that. Thankfully the female officer prevailed and they only opened the one can. I am a wee bit nervous about our flight back.
Then there was the medical emergency on board when they asked if there was a doctor on boarded and got out the huge on board medical kit…we never did find out what the emergency was, so I assume everything turned out okay.
Observations on Houston
We are trying to figure out why exactly people here in Houston seem to think Apollo is a girl…three times now he’s been called “she”…once when someone just saw his name on a chart.
Recycling isn’t nearly as big here as it is in Bellingham. All three of us feel guilty every time we toss a piece of cardboard or a plastic bottle into the garbage.
The sky. The big open sky. Wow! It is amazing to look around and not have your view obscured my mountains. And palm trees! Yes, so far I really, really like Houston.
The Ronald McDonald House here is big and clean and new. In Seattle they had volunteers who served dinner once a week. So far here dinner has been served all but one night, lunch has been served several times and this weekend breakfast is being served. This is saving us a bundle of money. Such a blessing!
Yesterday some Navy guys (and gals) served us lunch and shared about their lives flying f-18s and living in submarines. They are here for the Wings Over Houston and we’ve enjoyed watching their show as we drive down the freeway.
Yesterday we visited the Space Center. Among other things we saw a space shuttle and Apollo 17, the last space craft to go to the moon.
Today we drove to Galveston Island and enjoyed the beach.
We are trying to fit plenty of fun in between appointments. Most of Monday will be spent with pre-op appointments and after Tuesday my little man will be less than happy 🙁
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