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It's 11:40 & I just got off the phone with my cousin Shannon. Her 7-week old baby Macisaak has been in the hospital since Friday & is getting surgery tomorrow!!!! He's been diagnosed with something called Pyloric Stenosis. Although it's very common, treatable & he should be back to normal by the end of the week, I'm still really upset! She lives 3 hours away & told me not to drive there even though I was about to pack up & hop in my car! She said she'll call me if she needs me. Mat's sleeping (like out cold sleeping!! I tried to wake him up & he's not responsive <been up since 4am>) & my parents are sleeping & I need somebody to talk to!! I know he's going to be fine, but I suffer from anxiety & I'm kinda freaking out here....

If anyone's awake/online, please talk to me. Just take my mind off little dude...

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Thank you! I feel so useless sitting here, so far away from them! At least if I were with them I could keep them company (they've slept in the hospital in chairs for the last 2 nights!)

I can't even call my Mom (who lives in the same town as them) because Shannon made me promise I'll wait til tomorrow to tell her - she doesn't want her to freak out either.

I don't think I'm gonna get much sleep tonight. I know he's going to be better soon, but I can't stop picturing him in the hospital with all the wires & tubes he's got right now... *shudder*

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If it's a common thing, you shouldn't stress yourself out so much! I know easier said than done right? Have you done some research? Typically, i spend some time looking up stuff like that and it always puts my mind at ease! I'm sure the little guy will pull through ok and he will be even better for the surgery. You guys are all in my thoughts. :)

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That must be hard to be so far away!

 

My little girl was hospitalized when she was 5 years old - it was only suppose to be for a day or two but ended up being about 5 days. As much as I appreciated the concern it was hard enough to keep myself together and I was physically and emotionally drained -plus I hadn't had a shower for about three days (ewwww) the last thing I wanted was visitors. In a hospital you get absolutely no sleep as their are nurses coming in all of the time. The few visitors we had drained me even more as I felt like I had to entertain them and put on a brave face. Your cousin may be feeling the same way- but I am sure she appreciates (as I did) the well wishes and concern.

 

Focus on the things you can do when they get home- maybe cook a meal and drop it off. Organize a meal a day from each family member. Do some lite grocery shopping (add in diapers and wipes for them so they don't need to make a diaper run. Maybe pick up a nice bottle of wine (or their favorite adult beverage) and a movie. Make a mom & dad gift basket- focus on what you can do to bring a smile to their face and make their lives easier!

 

These may be hard being so far away but if you plan on makng the drive...or check online to see if you can find a delivery service!

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That must be hard to be so far away!

My little girl was hospitalized when she was 5 years old - it was only suppose to be for a day or two but ended up being about 5 days. As much as I appreciated the concern it was hard enough to keep myself together and I was physically and emotionally drained -plus I hadn't had a shower for about three days (ewwww) the last thing I wanted was visitors. In a hospital you get absolutely no sleep as their are nurses coming in all of the time. The few visitors we had drained me even more as I felt like I had to entertain them and put on a brave face. Your cousin may be feeling the same way- but I am sure she appreciates (as I did) the well wishes and concern.

Focus on the things you can do when they get home- maybe cook a meal and drop it off. Organize a meal a day from each family member. Do some lite grocery shopping (add in diapers and wipes for them so they don't need to make a diaper run. Maybe pick up a nice bottle of wine (or their favorite adult beverage) and a movie. Make a mom & dad gift basket- focus on what you can do to bring a smile to their face and make their lives easier!

These may be hard being so far away but if you plan on makng the drive...or check online to see if you can find a delivery service!
Thank you Thank you Thank you! You just made me feel so much better! (as did everyone who posted) I understand completely about them being drained. She called & explained everything to me which helped because she was able to de-stress by talking. & the fact that I went in my bedroom & held out the phone so she could hear Mat snoring his face off made me laugh too - so that's a bonus!

Your idea about getting them a gift basket & some dinner is a great idea!!! My parents live in the same town as they do so it will be easy for me to get them to do something for me. Hell, I'm unemployed so I can always drive down myself & go set something up at their house for them so when they go honme after the end of the week they have everything they need & won't have to worry about going out to get anything. Plus I can see my parents too :) But if not my parents won't mind doing that for me either.

I've researched it enough to understand & she explained everything the Doctors told her so I feel better now. It's nothing to be overly concerned about, but I still feel very upset that he's not well.

I just ordered some custom booties off etsy for him. They won't get here for a few weeks, but at least I'll have something special to bring him next time I see him! Here's a pic Shannon just sent me before she went to bed because she figured I'd be not sleeping & freaking out. This is Mac with his best buddy Bailey. God, he looks older than 7 weeks!

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Thank you girls the posting & making me feel better! I'm gonna browse around etsy some more & then try to get some rest. If I'm still restless I might drive down tomorrow & stay with my parents. That way I'll be nearby, but no in their way!
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Be careful with browsing etsy! If it were me, my next major trauma would be all the $$ I spent shopping!

 

One more bonus: he's so little he won't remember this surgery or hospitalization at all. That's even better than if he has to have his tonsils out later and all he remembers is the ice cream and sore throat.

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Glad to help!

 

The comment about him being so little and not remembering made me remember-The nurses would all call my daughter little princess (they were just amazing and treated her so wonderfully!) so anyways on the way home from the hospital my daughter was pretty quiet. I asked if she was feeling ok and she just looked at me with her big blue eyes and said in her little sad voice " does this mean that I am not a princess anymore?"

 

It was so cute and yeah I had to break it to her that yup she's going home and wasn't the little princess anymore!

 

She still talks about her hospital stay as more of a vacation than anything bad. She was more upset when she was home and had to do breathing treatments....smile35.gifshe hated her nebiulizer!

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I'm glad that she didn't remember the hospital visit as a bad thing. Sounds like you had some wonderful nurses! Shannon told me that one of the nurses actually made her feel guilty that she went home last night to sleep (her husband stayed at the hospital) I would have smacked that nurse!

I got a bit of sleep & called my Mom this morning. She's going to call & bring them lunch today & offer to bring them lunch everyday this week (she works near the hospital they're at)

 

I only did a bit of shopping on Etsy last night :) I ordered some camo baby booties & a camo crocheted bear to match! His Daddy does alot of fishing & hunting so I think it's going to be cute! :)

 

Thank you all again for making me feel better!

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