So we have now arrived in Houston. Tom did an amazing job, he pretty much carried his 30week pregnant wife and gastro sick 3 year old (along with 7 pieces of checked luggage, 3 pieces of large carry on) across the world, while being infected with man flu. It was amazing to watch!
Our flight turned into a disaster pretty much as soon as Grace started to eat. She threw up all over me and the floor. Thankfully I had put on those fantastic grey pjs and the Qantas guys were able to give me a new pair. But did I think that meant I shouldn’t feed grace? No, I tried again. Mostly because I was worried about her keystones. So we tried another meal…same result, new pjs were handed over again. I gave her some water and a cuddle…more vomit, new set of Pjs. Ok, three strikes, no more food for you girl!! So we focused on getting her to sleep, which is hard to do over those business class arm rests! Tom worked her for an hour and finally she got to sleep, poor little munchkin. She woke at breakfast, so it out her in a good time zone.
At LAX her keystones were high so we gave lemonade, as is protocol, nope, came straight out. Flight from LA to Houston she vomited again, so we knew we were in for an emergency visit. No fluids and no solids we were worried. I should mention though that as long as we weren’t trying to feed her or give her fluids she was fine. She slept, she cuddled and she was just Grace, it was kind of weird.
On landing in Houston we tried to check into a local emergency doctors but they sent us to the hospital for IV fluids…so we spent the next 3 hours in emergency with Grace as they tested her blood and administered IV fluids. We made it home and straight into bed. Other than the actual sickness of it all, it was a great way to reset our body clocks! It was very stressful and gross and sad though…
But now Grace is pretty much back to her usual self, still fighting to not eat, still smiling at silly songs and noises, still telling me to hurry up when I talk too much (with her vocalizing and her comms book).
We are moving into our new house tomorrow, I am sitting in the laundromat at the moment as we won’t have a washer or dryer until at least Friday…Tom along with our friend Matt went and picked up mattresses for us. Tomorrow I have to run around and get all the bits that go on a mattress to make it a bed, as well as maybe something to sit on…or something to eat off of!
It has been a very full on week. Tom informs me his new work site is fantastic and state of the art, his colleagues are very lovely and we have bumped into a few PNG people already (that was a bit sooner than we thought!), and we have caught up with old friends too.
Today I also checked out a potential school for Grace. It seemed pretty good, I liked that it was ‘all inclusive’. By that I mean you get your cognitive academic learning and you also get your OT, PT, and speech in the one place. I am only worried that it may not be cognitively challenging for Grace enough. This school was a specific special needs school, which comes with it’s pros, but also with it’s cons. I really want Grace to start something though as I feel she gets bored with the minimal stuff that I know how to do, and let’s face it, your mum can only be fun for some of the time 😉 Grace would greatly benefit from all the social interaction and the daily challenge of learning though, and that’s what excites me in getting her into school. Anyway, we still have some more investigation to do on where she would gain the best inputs. I still have to find all the extra things as well, horse riding, swimming, Feldenkrais, and any other activities that she would benefit from that assist her physically and she enjoys.
Let’s see, anything else I should update you guys on? Oh, the weather is amazing. First it was freezing, and now I am walking around in a T-shirt! We have had three very beautiful days, and I have been promised that in a month it will be like this more often than not.
The house we are moving into has a pool, two bedrooms downstairs and three upstairs – plenty of room for all those people who promised to visit! We are laughing that we are in such a big house and will probably only use it like a two bedroom apartment. We won’t have any of our stuff from Australia or PNG for at least a month, so we will have to learn to live in a Buddhist manner.
Other than all that busyness of moving country and resettling we are well and trying to eat well. Hope you all are too!!