The WILD Red Head Rides Again!

For dinner, Parker at a whole yogurt, a few bites of grean beans and a quarter cup of pureed macaroni and cheese slop. The good news is we can go tonight without putting the feeding tube back in. The bad news is my back is killing me. Why is my back killing me, you ask? Because after this meal, Parker suddenly remembered that two weeks ago he used to run around, jump, dance, climb on anything he get his hands on, open and shut drawers and generally act like a crazy child; and that means that he wasted no time in getting back in the swing of things.

Unfortunately for Parker, and my back, his legs weren’t cooperating. It took him about 90 minutes of hard work to get to a point where he could truly walk (albeit wobbly) without help. My back held out for about 10 minutes before the nurses had to mechanically pull me out of the hunched over to help your knee high kid position. Adding insult to back injury. Parker could NOT understand why I insisted on holding on to him at all times and kept shoving my hands away. Thankfully I don’t think we are in serious danger of a concussion anymore, so outings tomorrow should be less strenuous.

Speaking of tomorrow. Our other friend Tommy (see his blog on the right) is having his LTP tomorrow. He is having a double stange which means he will keep his trach in an have it removed in a few months or so. Tommy is a heart/lung patient so after he gets his trach out, he has a few more major surgeries over the next year. Getting the trach out will be a big hurdle though and I’m really excited for him and his entire family. Please keep them in your thoughts.

On our walk around the floor today we met Noah. He’s four and a liver transplant kid. He is from Tennessee and flew here on a jet. He (and his grandmother) told me that an ambulance took him from the hospital to the airport and then he flew on a jet to Cincinnati. I’m anxious to get to know him and learn more of his story over the next few days. He immediately noticed Parker’s “brave scar” and wanted to know if he used to have a trach. (Smart kid!) It turns out that after his transplant they lived for six months at the Ronald McDonald house and he met a few other kids with trachs. Noah is going to be a big brother soon. He hopes he gets a sister. Right now he calls his baby “Pickles.”

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6 Responses to “The WILD Red Head Rides Again!”


  1. 1 Happy April 25, 2008 at 3:02 am

    Yippy Parker…You’re doing great!!! (but be easy on mom’s back, okay?!?!!

    You are an amazing sport. I would have been flipping out about the move and you have such an amazing attitude. You go girl!

  2. 2 thai checel April 25, 2008 at 3:28 am

    wow – if macaroni slop brought him back, imagine him on steak and eggs! what a trooper – you too, zuzanne. keep us updated on the move. an ltp is one way to make moving seem less stressful…
    keep on making friends!!

  3. 3 Tess April 25, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    Glad to hear that Parker is feeling better. Sorry to hear about your back though.
    I hope that your little guy gets wilder still on his way to recovery.
    Tess

  4. 4 Lara (Isaacs Mom) April 25, 2008 at 1:41 pm

    Welcome back Parker!

    Glad to hear you are feeling better.

    Lara

  5. 5 Alana McClure April 25, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    I’m so thrilled!!! WTG Parker!! Now be nice to mommy 🙂 Suzanne, better not remind him he thinks he can do cart-wheels!

  6. 6 Suzanne April 25, 2008 at 7:32 pm

    I am so proud of him!!! Rest your back! soo good to hear.


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