Sunday, March 13, 2011

our little trooper

This last month was a bit of crazy one. It started off on a high note- Calvin losing not only one, but two teeth in the same week. The tooth-fairy did not disappoint, apparently there's been some major inflation in the value of teeth since my days, and Calvin was ecstatic to add to the growing contents of his buckeye piggy bank.

Things took a turn for the worse after that, as RB came home from being on-call one night to find Calvin crying in bed unable to move his neck. After a CAT scan in the ER, RB's suspicions were confirmed that Calvin had an abscess formed deep in his throat from a strep infection and was on the verge of having his breathing obstructed. He was then admitted and ended up staying in the hospital for six days, having surgery to drain the retropharyngeal abscess.

It definitely was scary for a little while there, but Calvin remained happy and very brave the entire time. Oma and Uncles Louie, Sidney, and Will flew in and really were an amazing help. The hospital placed a Wii in Calvin's room and with that and lots of visitors, he managed to tough it out.

Calvin is now off all antibiotics and has the mischievous gleam back in his eyes. It is a helpless feeling to see your little boy so sick and we are very grateful for the wonderful care that was given to him in the hospital and by family and friends.


Becca said...

Care, I had no idea all this was going on. I am so sorry. I'm so relieved to hear Calvin is doing better. Give him a big hug for me.

Nicki said...

An IV and a Wii? I seriously need to think about getting sick.
(p.s. - IV's are seriously my fav. I'm always asking Kevy to take me in whenever I have a cold)
Now Calvin's healthy, you really have no excuse not to come to Florida.
So see you in a couple weeks?

CamilleJohnFam said...

That must have been scary. I always think about how horrible it would be to have to admit one of the kids--mostly--what to do with the other munchkins. Glad he's doing better!

~LisaLou~ said...

Hey Care,
I'm glad he's feeling better. That's scarry. Hope the rest of you are doing well!

Valerie said...

Wow, poor little guy, that's a rough go. But I'm so happy he's doing better. That's great that RB knew what it was and you guys could act on it right away. Calvin is one tough little guy.

AnnDee said...

Wow. That is so scary!! I'm glad he is better now. I hate being helpless when it comes to caring for others. It's the WORST feeling. I'm glad you caught it when you did. Nice to have doctor in the house. Your boys are adorable. Malcolm is SO big, can't wait to see #4. They are all so handsome. Boy Mom's ROCK! :)

PS -- still want to do skype with you guys. Do you have that set up yet? I want to hear Calvin on the violin. Jake is 1/2 through book one and hates it -- he's so good though... What to do. We need to catch up. Miss you guys.

Kristin said...

My Caleb,9, just had the same thing, though his absess didn't grow that big, we started him on meds quickly. Still pretty scary. So thankfull for modern medicine.