....felt like my new hobby today. The poor Little Dude has had a cough/infection thing that he just was not able to shake, and not to bore you with the whole tiresome story, but he and I spent the better part of this afternoon going to the doctor and then going to the emergency ward at the hospital, and then having a proceedure and two different treatments before we finally came home after his usual bed time. And the (happy) end result is that I have a little boy who is actually sleeping right now, instead of coughing so hard the he ends up literally throwing up. And I myself cherish the tenuous hope of getting a solid nights sleep as well. Oh, sweet sleep, how I miss you.
Amnyhow, after our whole day I have two things to say: 1. That kid is a trooper when it comes to medical stuff. He was not always happy about it, but he did comply with all the requests of the doctors and nurses, even wearing that little paper mask for the entire time at the hospital (to avoid passing what he had on to others, and also so that he did not catch something worse) even though he really, really did not like it. It was kind of funny, so many people looked in his ears and down his throat that when a new medical professional walked into the room, he pretty much automatically opened his mouth and said 'aaahh'. Which made nurse number four laugh and quip "It looks like he knows the drill!" And 2. Thank the Lord in Heaven for Canadian Health Care. I must say, the wait times were really reasonable, the whole system ran like a well oiled machine, and though I left the house at 3:30 and did not get back till 8:30, a heck of a lot got accomplished in between. We saw a doctor in a timely fashion, despite the fact that we did not have an appointment, and our time at the hospital was so filled with actual proceedures and talking with doctors, nurses and specialists that the Little Dude got annoyed and said "When are we going to finish reading our book!" Don't worry, we did manange to read that book, but more importantly we felt very well cared for by everybody there. And also, can I say how awesome it is that I did not have to hem and haw and worry about how much the various proceedures cost? I cannot imagine how much it would suck to have to have one's budget added as a decision making factor when your are considering your child's health. As a Canadian, I will never again take that for granted.
And now to sleep.