birthdays and hospitals
Thankfully not all at once.
Poet is 4! On Saturday afternoon we had a little celebration with the family; tea, cake presents (all wrapped in pink) and lots of chatter and dancing. Apparently all a little girl needs is some helium balloons and a butterfly cupcake (strawberry jam and cream mandatory) and she’ll be happy for days. Just look at her little face! I’m a firm believer in “simple is best” for children’s birthdays…we only do parties every second year and when we do I outsource a lot of the cooking and baking so I can actually enjoy myself instead of spending all day in the kitchen (thank you grandmas and family friends of the catering kind).
Poet’s celebration was much needed after we discovered that she needs surgery for her ongoing ear and nose issues. When we saw the ENT on Thursday I went in presuming that she would need grommets (she has glue ear in both ears) but I wasn’t expecting him to be adamant that her adenoids and tonsils need to be removed, too. The poor wee thing has had a constant runny nose since March and regardless of the blend of natural medicine, diet and antibiotics, we haven’t been able to fix it. It turns out that her adenoids and tonsils are enlarged and inflamed and it’s best they come out now to prevent infection and subsequent antibiotics in years to come. Poet is incredibly resilient and robust; I have no doubt that she’ll recover quickly and it will be so, so good for her to hear and breathe clearly again. But of course, Daniel and I are anxious about the surgery and sad that she has to go through it at all. In the scheme of things it is very minor but still…
So, how do we best prepare her for her hospital visit (she’ll be staying overnight and Daniel will be with her). We think it’s probably best that we don’t tell her about it till a week beforehand (surgery is scheduled for early September) and I would love to have some books/advice on hand to comfort her in preparation.