9:15 a.m Get the kids into the van to take Jade to her audiologist appointment, the one that was originally booked for Wednesday, but got switched to Monday so that it could happen before Jade’s otolaryngologist appointment in the afternoon.
9:19 a.m. Realize the van won’t start, even with a booster pack hooked to the battery.
9:21 a.m. Swear a whole lot (mostly inaudibly) while wrestling carseats out of the van and into the Volvo. (Thank GOD Norris came home with it yesterday.)
9:50 a.m. Arrive for 9:30 audiologist appointment.
9:51 a.m. Sigh a gigantic sigh of relief that Jade can still keep the appointment.
The audiologist confirmed that Jade’s ears were even more congested than before, but at least they weren’t red, as they were on Friday, when the young lady awoke with a fever of 38 °C (100.4 °F). (Jade was put on antibiotics for the first time since she started keto. Finding low-carb antibiotics was fun.)
2:35 p.m. Arrive at Deb’s house to drop off Halia. Thank heavens Deb said she could babysit for a couple of hours so that I don’t have to have two kids at the Ear, Nose, and Throat appointment. Kill time by singing songs because I promised I’d drop Halia off around 2:45 and I don’t want to be so early as to be rude.
2:41 p.m. Let Halia out of the car and greet the person coming out of Deb’s house, only to realize my car is blocking hers and I have to back up a few feet. Get the stranger to hold Halia’s hand so I can back up the car. Realize this was a bad idea when Halia crumbles into a puddle of despair.
2:45 p.m. Leave a somewhat calmish Halia in Deb’s very capable hands and proceed on schedule to pick up Jade from school.
2:55 p.m. Just before the last turn to Jade’s school, realize that although I grabbed Halia’s snack bag and diaper bag, plus my notebooks of information and my purse, Jade’s snack and afternoon dose of antibiotic are still sitting on the counter at home.
3:20 p.m. Arrive at the school, in possession of snack and antibiotic. Thank my lucky stars I went back for it instead of deciding to skip snack, because Jade really wanted it.
3:32 p.m. Admitted to see Dr. Cleland, Otolaryngologist.
I’ve been anxious to get Jade to see an Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist since early December. The pediatricians from BC Children’s Hospital who saw Jade last month agreed with me that she should be seen ASAP. Unfortunately, it can take several months to get an appointment with the visiting specialist. I think the pediatricians’ advocacy, added to our neurologist’s (who had already put Jade on the radar of the pediatric ENT down at BC Children’s Hospital, who then added his opinion that Jade should be seen ASAP) was the reason Jade was able to get an appointment this month.
Not only that, but Dr. Cleland agreed something should be done about Jade’s ears. And since there have been a couple of cancellations in his schedule (who cancels their appointment after waiting three months for one?!) Jade will be able to have the tympanostomy surgery on Thursday morning.
Now, who can I get to babysit Halia while Jade and I see the anesthetist on Wednesday morning, and attend the pre-operative clinic on Wednesday afternoon?!
Also: happy dance!