Clinic Bear

Month: May 2017

Clinic Bear

N is getting to the age where he is understanding a lot more of his surroundings, and consequently he’s now recognizing the EKG and Echo rooms. This is starting to create a negative clinic association for him, and I’m afraid it’ll end up like lab draws, where he cries at the sight of an alcohol wipe. He’s not quite to the age where Super N can teach him what’s going on, but he still understands that something he doesn’t like is about to happen. So I started trying to figure out how to show him what’s going on. I don’t

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When We Can’t Always Be There…

One of my biggest sources of stress is the thought of what would happen if N needed medical treatment and I wasn’t there. This could be the case if I am physically absent (daycare, babysitter, etc), or if I was somehow incapacitated (car wreck, etc). I worry that first responders wouldn’t know if certain treatments were dangerous to him, or if there was something extra they needed to do given his medical history. In order to combat this nagging fear, I’ve actively taken steps to ensure his conditions will be known to first responders in either scenario. First and foremost,

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Trust the Magic of New Beginnings

A couple of weeks ago we had our one year clinic visit. N is, thankfully, doing incredibly well! We’ve had a couple of bumps in our road up to this point, but it has, ultimately, been an amazing ride. We were given the word that we can space out our visits from every four weeks to every three months. When I heard this, I was overjoyed! For a moment… That joy very quickly turned to nausea and intense discomfort. This must have shown on my face, because our nurse quickly assured me that we could come back to them prior to that

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One Day at a Time

It’s getting to be that time of year in the Harris House; our Spring cleaning has begun. But we don’t call it Spring cleaning. I grew up in a military family, so we call it a GI party, because you have to get everything spic-n-span for the General Inspection. This usually involves a pretty thorough list of chores, though it may take us all of Spring and part of Summer to get to it all… The other day, I was cleaning our bathroom (don’t worry, I do this more often than just in the Spring…), and I noticed about a hundred

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