Lady in second row of plane: "Does he have the measles?!!?"
Me: "Huh... Uh...what?...Uh, no...they're just birthmarks..."
And then...because she could not possibly end on that note...
Lady: "BIRTH marks??" (as if I was lying to her)
Me: "Uh huh...just birthmarks." (shuffling past her aisle to find our seat)
Really lady? Yes, I am taking my kid onto an airplane FULL of people with an active communicable disease! And REALLY...have you even SEEN what measles look like?? POP!! - what was that?? Oh, I know...it was the sound of my magical Happy Bubble being pierced by ignorance. I don't know why people seem to think they NEED to vocalize every thought in their head. Not to mention...it's definitely not what you say...but HOW you say it. I want to say that I absolutely welcome people asking about Zac's condition however, it was clear, given the situation, this woman had no interest. Let this lady ruin my place of peace & tranquility...nope...but it did take time to blow my Happy Bubble back up.
Zac handled this round like a true champion. The day before surgery, we walked from the Ronald McDonald House to Navy Pier...yep...no stroller just a beautiful stroll. Zac's eyes lit up when we rode the enormous 'steering wheel' (Navy Pier's famous ferris wheel)...twice. We took a ride on Thomas the Train, ate ice cream and had so much fun. We had a great day and I hated to see it end. We got our call for a 2 p.m. surgery. Sigh...
|Pre-surgery day at Navy Pier|
My little hero amazed me. I was very honest with him right from the start. I told him that we were going to the hospital and we were going to get bubbles. I am not sure if he fully understood what the 'bubbles' were as he made a reference to blowing bubbles later, but I know that when I acted excited...he did too. I had been saving a special Matchbox Disney Bus and once we got into the pre-op room, I told him to close his eyes - when he opened them, he exclaimed, "Oh wow Mommy!! Thank you SO much! I LOVE it!" After being given the sedative they always give before the surgery, Dr. Bauer came in to check on Zac and to explain to me that we would have THREE expanders this time. (mental note...get IN the Happy Bubble...) As Dr. B was talking, he rested his arms on the rail and Zac looked up and him and took him by the hand. It was honestly the sweetest moment.
|I love that little face - and his new signature double thumbs-up.|
The surgery seemed to pass by so quickly. I even got to meet up with some friends I met at last year's Nevus Outreach Conference. In no time at all I was in recovery with my little guy. We were able to leave the hospital that night so that we didn't have to deal with multiple nocturnal interruptions and headed to a nearby hotel. As we got out of the car and I put him in the stroller my sweet boy said, "Mama, do you got my cars?" I laughed and said that I did. He said, "Are you sure you got ALL my cars?" This kid was already turning a corner - amazing. He slept pretty soundly surrounded by his cars, waking only to keep up on our Mortrin and Tylenol. The next day we got a full dressing change at Dr. Bauer's office and headed back to RMH.
Recovery was not as bad as it was in my mind. He could not walk for days, but did insist on continuing to use the potty himself. Being newly potty trained, I was worried we may regress a little in that area... We made the stroller extra comfy with his special quilt and he was happy to ride around which meant lots of walking in the city. We got to meet two Nevus families while staying at RMH and it was wonderful to spend time with new friends. Good things happen to those who do not stray from their Happy Bubble.