OK so I never got around to posting about Columbus!!
Janie and I headed there on July 8th just one day after we returned from Wyoming
with a cast on, one and a half weeks after my surgery
geez...sometimes I realize how dumb I am after the fact!!
Anyway we went for Janie's checkup with our favorite Dr Levitt
he moved from Cincinnati to Columbus so we had to jump through all the hoops to move everything
for example she had to have the whole "under anesthesia let's see how things look" procedure.
All is well:)
Our other main reason for going was for laxative training
unfortunately we failed in that area
just could not find the right recipe for her
too many trips to the potty
during the day
and then life kinda fell apart once we got home...
So we are back to our normal and she has embraced it well
she is clean all day long every day
amen to that
she is happy
that makes Mommy happy:)
Best of all we met some wonderful families while there...
we were fortunate enough to stay at the Ronald McDonald House
right across the street from the hospital
that is a big deal when you have to have an xray daily
doctor meetings daily
tests or procedures daily
you get the idea...
plus you have the opportunity to bond with families going through the same process
and bond we did:)
this is how to travel in style
with a 6 year old
for a week of testing
the original plan was to bring Madeline too
she was out in seconds
she was totally worn out due to her anxiety about what was going to happen
Janie got to see exactly what Julianne does every day in child life:)
this peach of a test was a contrast enema
she was the champ
afterwards not so much
but neither would I
put it this way....
how would you feel going to a 2 hour doctors appointment to meet with the team
colorectal, gynecology, urology
all the while having bathroom issues....
plus trying to figure out how to get her to drink citracel 3 times a day that same day
she was a champ!
mom not so much....
first big purchase
I felt sorry for her
and yes I did think about how in the world would we carry that thing...
along with all our other things
through the airport with one working arm
but it was not pretty:)
Nationwide Children's Hospital is awesome!!!
so is the Ronald McDonald House
it has a princess room
Ronald was so awesome
the nicest guy ever meeting all the kiddos during lunch!
the only downside of RMH is that you can't have food in your room
kind of hard with a child
it is not a hotel
think nice dorm room
with inspections haha
but with awesome volunteers that make your day with big ole smiles
and always ready to help in any way they can.
Janie and I were at a mall, the sales clerk asked why we were visiting
when I explained our situation she said that she and a friend have been on the waiting list
yes a waiting list
to help prepare dinner at the Ronald McDonald House:)
the kiddo crew
what awesome kids they are
Janie, Abby, Aaron, Meili and James
It was so nice to see Janie grasp that other children deal with the same issues she does!
Janie is in love with Abby!!!
goodness I miss these kids!!
Aaron and Abby would take Janie out to the playground behind RMH
while all the Moms talked and helped each other
it was so special
this is what happens after you help your mom carry all your new toys through the airport:)
The laxative training may not have worked for Janie at this time
but that does not mean it is not an option for her at a later time
maturity helps a lot
this trip was not a waste of time
we had a great check up
and are officially back with Dr Levitt:)
met some lifelong friends
and most of all helped Janie gain the experience that other children are born just like her
and they are just as awesome as she is:)