Thursday, October 09, 2008

Pre-op day ramblings

How to approach this subject without resorting to TMI mode? Metaphors and euphemisms, that's it. Amigo (age 16) goes to the big state children's hospital tomorrow for tummy testing. He's preparing today, with clear liquids and the Pre-op Cocktail designed to, well, cleanse. (Oh, geez, I'm sure the spam will be tremendous on that reference)
I could tell he was nervous because his hand shook as I handed him the first glass. He was relieved it didn't taste too bad. With the radio set up in the bathroom, he settled in for the duration while I set the timer for 20 minutes until the next dose.
The timing here is either bad or good, but not much in between. I have a nasty cold, stuffed up head, weepy eyes, and painful sinuses. If I didn't have to stay home with Amigo, I'd probably take a sick day of my own to rest. In short, I'm feeling lousy, in need of rest, and not sure I have the strength to help the teenager deal with his pre-op anxieties. It seems like a classic case of mom taking care of everyone else first, then falling ill herself. Even though I know better, that's my big weakness.
In between handing Amigo his every-20-minutes glass of Pre-op Cocktail, I'm dosing myself with fluids and vitamin C. I had healthy toast (whole wheat with flaxseed) with local honey for breakfast. I'm inhaling the steam before I drink my coffee; does that count? Eventually I'll make myself some lunch, but I don't want to make anything that Amigo will covet, since he can't eat real food today. Eggs and toast might fit the bill: healthy basics, comfort food, nothing too exciting. Tonight it's tomato soup and stuffed pork chops, not his favorite either. He'll have chicken soup (no noodles) and jello. I made two flavors; lime and orange. No strawberry or raspberry; the nurse told us anything with red dye can appear in the tests and skew the results.
Meanwhile, I'll work in the garden and the kitchen. I have schoolwork in my bag, but it's too nice out to waste the day indoors. I opened the windows and turned off the heat, and now I'll harvest the rest of the spinach and a batch of tomatoes if they're ready. The math facts papers will wait; I can correct them while Amigo's in the O.R. and recovery.
If Amigo is up to it, he can study for the World History test he'll miss while he's gone. After he's done with his, um, dumping festival, he might stretch out on the couch and read the chapter once or twice. He has an ongoing novel project in the works now, too. He can work on that at the computer, which is fairly close to the Activity Room, so to speak.
We parents, moms especially, seem prone to the thought of "I have to do something! I must make this downtime worthwhile!" I still feel a bit of guilt putting off the math papers until tomorrow. Amigo will let me know if he's not up to studying today; why can't I be so straightforward?
Maybe that's the enlightenment of the day. It's not the test results tomorrow. It's knowing that it's okay to let things slide at work for a little while; the papers will still be there on Saturday. I can take care of myself and my teenager today.

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Blogger Flea said...

Get better, Daisy. I hope all goes well with Amigo tomorrow. I know it will. You just take care of yourself.

10/09/2008 7:19 AM  
Blogger Lisa Sharp said...

You and your son our in my thoughts and prayers. I hope it goes well and is quick and as painless as it can be. :)

Also I feel your pain with the cold! If you have a cough eat some of that local honey. Also do you have a netti pot? It helps a ton with the sinus pain. Feel better! Get some rest if you can.

10/09/2008 10:45 AM  
Blogger Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

What a dedicated mom you are! I give you credit--but don't be afraid to tell others what you need!

10/09/2008 10:55 AM  
Blogger Judy Merrill Larsen said...

I'll be thinking of you both. And yes, give yourself permission to take care of YOU, too.

10/09/2008 11:19 AM  
Blogger DES said...

Sending 'caring' thoughts for both you and Amigo! Hope everything goes ok (no puns intended)!

Pencil in that 'ME' day...its a MUST for all Moms/Caretakers/Domestic Engineers! I penciled in my lawn chair over the summer as a DATE! We did so much 'work' on the house we never took time to admire it ;)

Hope you feel better soon!

10/10/2008 7:00 AM  
Blogger EDW said...

I love this post, how you wrote it, and especially how you ended it. Best health wishes to you both!

10/12/2008 2:54 PM  

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