First off, the results from the testing of my secretions after Dr Norlin's appointment came back positive again for pseudmonas and streptopneumococcal. So after consulting my pulmonologist and the Infectious Disease clinic at the U, Dr Norlin put me on a round of different antibiotics.
A few days later, on November 13th I got to see Disney on Ice. Since cousin Jackson was headed to Tennessee for Thanksgiving, my Mommy's side of the family had Thanksgiving dinner a little early. Unfortunately, after sitting down with his loaded plate with all the trimmings, my Uncle Shawn choked on a piece of turkey and headed to the ER. We heard he was doing okay so Mommy and I, Jackson and Aunt Kristin and Traiton and Uncle Jason went ahead and went to Disney on Ice as planned. Despite bringing the light wand from the prior show in the spring, I insisted on having a new $22 light wand. We had a great time and can't wait for the Disney on Ice to return in the spring with a Toy Story theme.
On December 3rd, Jackson and I had a sleep over at his house when his parents were out of town. We had lots of fun building forts from furniture, blankets and couch cushions. There was a little drama when it finally came time to go to sleep but Mommy put Jackson and I in our own blow up beds on opposite sides of the room and we were both asleep before 10 pm.
In the midst of my last few days at school I was on to my third cold of the season. It happened to be just ending as it was time for my six month pediatric follow up appointment on December 15th. Unfortunately, the trach smell was back so Dr Norlin's replacement took another sample of my secretions for testing. Since I hate having that done and was already ticked off, Mommy went ahead and have them give me my kindergarten shots (3) to get that out of the way. The pediatrician called Mommy on Saturday night to let her know it looked as if I was back growing the bugs again. She had called the pulmonologist and they had recommended not treating the stuff this time as long as I was feeling okay. The pulmonologist indicated that the bugs would probably just make my secretions thicker if I did happen to be sick. Mommy should have known that was the kiss of death because later that night I started developing my standard fever which is the calm before the storm of my cold. I was healthy for all of 48 hours before I was now coming down with my 4th cold of the season - just in time Hanukkah and Christmas!
While Grandma Glenda and Papa were having their carpet replaced by hardwood floors, they needed to spend a night away from the house while the sealer cured. While they went away to a hotel, Mommy and Daddy offered to take their three dogs. With our two that made five in bed with Mommy that night. (Daddy was smart and slept in the spare bedroom!)
On December 20th, Mommy hosted a first night of Hanukkah party for Uncle Jeff. She invited her side of the family and Daddy's side of the family. Mommy went all out with lots of Hanukkah decorations and she prepared a traditional Jewish meal from scratch - challah bread, mandelbrot, potato latkes, applesauce, mulled wine and brisket. Check out her bread below! Everyone had a great time trying new foods and think this should be an annual event.
On December 28th, my parents got a night away and went to see the Transiberian Orchestra concert. Although they had tickets a few years ago in Sacramento, they didn't end up attending so they were both excited. Mommy had bought the tickets a few months ago and had no idea the tickets were so good - they were row 13 on the floor! TSO peformed for almost 3 hours straight and it was quite the show with lights, lasers, fire and snow! But one of the best parts for Mommy was when TSO presented Shriner's Hospital with $7000. TSO always donates $1 of every ticket sale to a local charity - so cool!
Peyton Nicole Smith