Friday, October 12, 2007

This us a photo that my Dad sent me yesterday, one of the opportunities that had to turn Elijah's world upside down and you know what he enjoyed it just all the more and although it's a bit hard to see the smile here on his face I can assure you that he is smiling. We all miss Elijah being physical with us, climbing on top of us and down and kicking and from time to time pulling hair. Always doing something - climbing on something or climbing down or trying to get in or out of something. This was on the reasons why it was so strange and hard in a way to see Elijah inactive at the hospital for so long, it was just not him and I guess we were all hoping that within a few days that he would be back to being his active self as was the case following the other visits to the hospital. Even in his new bed, there was no stopping his movement and we never really managed to get blankets over him at any time during his life apart from when he was a small child, and safety sleeps for a short time and lots of safety pins. I'm going to share some more retrospectively about Elijah's time in the hospital and the journey - I'm going to share some photos as well that some might find hard to see but these are part of the journey, and I'm choosing to share them as part of the journey.

Lying still, or staying still in any way shape or form was never an activity that Elijah specialised in even when he wasn't feeling so flash there always seemed to be some energy in his system that sparked him along. Only if he was really not doing well was he not active. Even following visits to the hospital it could be hard to convince the hospital staff that he was still having seizures at time because he would be so active in between and the staff saw his activity as a sign that he was ok and nothing was going on. I guess it becomes easier over time for Julie and i who have observed Elijah over the last year +. On thursday night we put Elijah off to bed, we knew his temperature had been up - as a result of the coughy bug that had been going around and so so we knew that we might have been in for a bit off a challenging night. Elijah had couple of drop seizures during the day but not alot but none the less we prepared ourselves for a possible long night as we had done a number of times before. I came home from work and we had dinner and fed Elijah and prepared him to go to bed as always little did I know of the night ahead. Elijah settled and stirred a little after 8 and he was hot 39 deg C and so we took some of his clothes off gave him a wash down, Julie had given him paracetemol and so after hi temp still being up we gave him a dose of Ibuprofen, he was having a few drops and was a little unstable, we cooled him off with a cool facecloth and things settled down close to 9pm and so we let him settle go off to sleep which he did, and so we put Francesca to bed and in time both Julie went to bed and so did I.

To be continued

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