The test is done.
For a minute there, I was pretty sure it was NOT going to be done. Dr. No didn’t want anyone to touch him. AND, seriously, how dare they put a hospital bracelet on him?!!
We got there, and the receptionist said, “HEY! Where’ve y’all been? Haven’t seen you in a bit!” Pretty bad when the hospital front desk knows you by name…and could tell me ALL of Jack’s real names! So, we went to sign all the important paperwork and they took all the money I had (seriously, they were collecting sweat…total cost $2000!!! WHAT!!!). Then we were escorted to the Pulmonary Lab (we’re already very familiar with them). So our favorite nurse comes out to get us.
Then, it all went downhill. Jack was NOT going to sit in any chair or have any sort of anything touching his skin! After the first attempt, the nurse kind of got snotty and told me if he couldn’t sit still, they’d just go on and cancel the test and try some other time. OK, I’m SO not coming back…
THEN (cue Wall-E soundtrack), I had an idea! I found Wall-E on Youtube. Short little Wall-E’s but it worked for like 2 minutes. Then, he was done.
So, at a complete loss for what to do to keep him calm, I turned to my BFF Rachel. (Remember Rachel…as in SIGNING TIME! Rachel?) They just started selling an app for the iPhone that has signs and video and music…OH MY GOSH, Rachel saved my life! Seriously, I can’t lie. I don’t know what I could have or would have done without her happy little self singing to Jack today! If I haven’t stressed it enough, if you have children, you should have Signing Time! Jack can communicate…it’s amazing! Rachel, should you ever read this, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. So does Jack. Really. (OH, and while I was in there waiting forever, because after they put this goo that makes you sweat on and they tied him to the electrodes, then they remove the electrodes and you have to sit there for an hour while they collect the sweat that comes out—anyway, there were other kids there, so I was TOTALLY shamelessly plugging Signing Time! and showing all the kids all the stuff. It was fun. Of course, I didn’t let them touch me or Jack–which I think one mom thought was kind of weird, but too bad. Germaphobe has to keep her distance….) (Go Google Signing Time…right now!)
So they got like 4 drops of sweat and now we have to wait. Which is the worst part.
But the waiting will not be boring…I, in my vast wisdom, decided my sister in law and brother in law needed to go away for their anniversary. So I volunteered to take the girls for the weekend! How fun is that?!!! Hopefully Jack will be nice, and all will be wonderful—although, in past experiences, there’s usually one giant fight and lots of tears. Girls will be girls. Did I mention it’s supposed to rain all weekend? Yeah, hmmmm…prayers…lots of prayers! By the way, Vero and Brian…Happy 18th Anniversary…I love you so very much!
Photos: AFTER, I tried to smooth it over with a cookie. It didn’t work so well…
DURING, how dejected can one person look? It nearly broke my heart!