You’ll Never Guess Who Stopped By

December 17, 2008 7:00 am

Today is the big day, we’re checking Graham into the hospital at 11. Shortly after 1, he’ll be down some tonsils and adenoids and will have gained a set of shiny new ear tubes. They probably won’t be shiny at all, but it sounded nice. Thanks for all of the well wishes over the past week, it’s nice to have the support of friends when freaking out over a routine surgery. As previously stated, I’m taking some time off to spend with my recovering kid but you’ll be glad I did when you read the guest posts that will be rolling out over the next several days.

Our first guest poster is one of my all time faves, Jen from Sprite’s Keeper. She’s a FL girl like me and when I first started stalking her, I immediately felt a connection. Our kids are about the same age (can you say ARRANGED MARRIAGE?) and she’s just my kind of people. I read this post and chuckled, because we were in the same boat. I read this post and laughed because she hid in her car from a  snake and called her client to come outside and save her. That’s something Jamie would have done, except that he would have called ME to come save HIM from the snake. Yes, it’s happened. On more than one occasion.

I’m so glad that I came across Jen’s blog. She’s pretty much the gateway drug that got me hooked on blogging. I skeptically started my blog and wasn’t sure how I liked this whole “blogging thing” until I joined Jen’s Spin Cycle. Once I did, it opened up the gates to a kajillion more bloggy friendships that I rely on every day. Thanks for getting me hooked, Jen. And thanks for stepping in today while I’m away!


“Sprite! Get down off that side bar! We’re guests here. No! You may NOT
play with the search engine!”
Casey isn’t going to like this..
Hi, as you’ve already deduced, it’s Jen from Sprite’s Keeper. Casey is
otherwise occupado while dealing with doctors, treatments, a sick toddler,
and the general suckiness of the pediatric post surgical world. She opened
her site to me and some other people to help keep you happy while she works
hard at trying to keep both Graham and Elliot happy at the same time. You
see, in the world of blogging, your children are always your priority.
(…which makes sense as to why my priorities are so skewed..)
When I offered myself up to the Gods of Guest Posting, I wasn’t quite sure
what inspiration I would be able to pull from. As you know, Graham is
having a triple procedure done, putting some things in and taking some
things out. In? Tubes for his ears. Out? His adenoids and tonsils. (I’m not
quite sure what adenoids are, but I don’t think they’re necessary. I mean,
I’ve been to the ER a bunch of times in my life and not once have I ever
heard the doctor say, “It’s a good thing you have your adenoids! I don’t
know what we would have done without them.” So, I say chuck ’em. They’re
probably just weighing him down anyway.) As for the ear tubes, Graham has
been riding the wave of ear infections far too often in his short life and
the tubes should either alleviate or eradicate his pain and problems.
“Sprite, I don’t think it’s a good idea to take the Santa hat off the baby
in the masthead. Miss Casey has it there for a reason, hon.”
Sorry. The kid is curious.
Anyway, back to the post. Fortunately for me, I have a very healthy kid. I
mean it. Until two Fridays ago, I was able to proclaim to the world that my
daughter had never had ear infections. When she was born, I was told she
would be ripe with them before long due to her small ears and resulting
small ear canals. (She gets it from me.) (That’s not something I’m proud
of.) (Just saying.) When the doctor learned we were nursing, she handed us
a double whammy. “You’re screwed.” Okay, so she didn’t say we were screwed.
And she’s a lovely woman, but she did point out the statistics that nursing
infants were doubly susceptible to ear infections due to the way they
I wasn’t sure what to look for in ear infections, rubbing the ears, fevers,
sending me an email…none of this stuff ever happened.
Every time we brought her in for a well check, her ears were given the all
I secretly smiled in triumph over this news and turned my back on
statistics. I even picked myself a few stickers from the office basket
since Sprite was too young to appreciate them anyway.
“Sweetie, please don’t rearrange Miss Casey’s awards. That’s just not nice.
I see you have the Kreativ Blogger one in your hands. Put it back where it
belongs, please.”
Oy… Wait, let me re-read…. Okay, I know where I’m going with this.
So, two Fridays ago, Sprite came down with a fever, some complications with
swallowing (her throat was raw), and the requisite “She’s just not acting
like herself” that came from daycare. John picked her up and brought her to
the doctor who took a look and presented us with our first ever ear
infection diagnosis. Tacked onto this diagnosis were 2 prescriptions, a
follow up appointment the next day, and the news that the next 24 hours
would be general hell. Okay, so that wasn’t said either. She just said that
getting over an ear infection is sometimes hard on the child and therefore
hard on the parent. (I love the way doctors spin the news.)
The good news is that Sprite bounced back pretty quickly and was wreaking
havoc on the dogs at large by the time the first dose of medicine went down
her throat.
But I do know what Casey is going through, vicariously at least.. My nephew
Bryan was subjected to ear infections, sometimes double, (although I don’t
think triple, but that would have been one for the books, right?) for years until
he turned three. When the doctor suggested tubes, my sister jumped on it since
she just wanted her son to feel better. She had done everything else she
could think of, so this was the quick fix she was looking for.
Bryan underwent the procedure in the morning, was released by the early
afternoon, and back to himself by the next day. She had her son back.
“Sprite, do not go into the Archives, please! Because I said so!”
Yes, my kid asks why sometimes.
“No, Sprite, we are not renaming the blog Half As Good As Sprite. Nice
suggestion, but no go.”
Okay, I need to wrap this up before everyone on the blogroll gets spammed.
Casey and Jamie have been dealing with Graham’s recurring infections for
five months straight. One would resolve just to lead to another. Then
Elliot, not one to let her brother take all the glory,(Smart girl!) decided
she too needed in on this attention and gave herself a double as well.
(If that doesn’t say forewarning, I don’t know what does..) Five
months of no sleep, one (sometimes two) irritable child who can’t control
what’s happening to him so he can only complain and cry about it, and
dealing with work, the house, themselves, and this blog would make anyone
else a raging lunatic.
Somehow though, Casey has found the resolve to keep going and will finally
venture down the road today which promises the best results. I for one hope
it all works out in the end, and if I could, I would build a time machine for her and
Jamie to zap themselves forward a month so Graham’s surgery and recovery
would be past them and everyone would be sleeping peacefully once more. Then
there would be no more worry, no more fearing the “what if’s” that always come
with surgical procedures.
Casey and Jamie, just know that my mind is on Graham today and I’m praying
for the results I know you want out of this. My mind should be on work today,
but work can suck it. (Go ahead and tell me my priorities are skewed NOW..
didn’t think so.)
“Sprite, no! Miss Casey’s tags aren’t for touching. Look, don’t touch.”
Oh, crap. She got the password!
Um, if this site goes pink at some point today, it’s all Sprite…



  1. Irish Gumbo

    Love the masthead photo! Gotta like babies playing drums (unless I am trying to nap, then, not so much!)

    Hey, I arrived here through heckling, er, a polite request from Jen. So sorry to hear about the EI needing surgery 🙁 I was lucky with my own Wee Lass, but I know the ear stuff can be hard on all.

    Wishing you all the best, and a speedy recovery for the lad!

    P.S.: Graham is an excellent name! I’ll save the story of why for later. 🙂

    Irish Gumbos last blog post..How Many Shoes Is That In Dog Terms?

  2. DeeMarie

    Great post, Jen! FIRST!!
    I, too, have small ears and not only small ear canals, mine are also “uniquely slanted.” Don’t be jealous. No really. Don’t. I still get ear infections but can only imagine how much worse it would be had I not had tubes!!!

    DeeMaries last blog post..SQUEE!!!

  3. Laufa

    I completely agree with the second to last paragraph Ms. Jen wrote. Casey, better watch out I think Sprite might take over your blog more than her Mommy has. Hope all goes well today.
    Dr’s are not alway correct, even though some of them think they are God or something (for Sprite’s little ears).

    Laufas last blog post..Need a Silent Night!

  4. HeatherPride

    Half as Good as Sprite!! Hee hee, that made me laugh out loud!!

    I second Jen’s well wishes. Hang in there, guys!! It will be for the best! Hugs!

    HeatherPrides last blog post..Sun Worshippers

  5. bessie.viola

    Aww, thinking of Graham today. Hoping that his recovery is speedy and full of his favorite ice cream!

    bessie.violas last blog the beginning…

  6. goodfather

    Best wishes for Graham today, and a speedy recovery. Great guest post! I love that Sprite came along, heheh. Hi Sprite!

    goodfathers last blog post..Spin Cycle: Pure Energy

  7. WickedStepMom

    Good luck Graham! Hang tough little guy!

    Hi Sprite! Thanks for wrecking havoc on mommy’s guest post. You are too cute for words!

    WickedStepMoms last blog post..A blast from the past

  8. Captain Dumbass

    Best wishes for Graham today.

    Captain Dumbasss last blog post..C Is For Cookie, That’s Good Enough For Me

  9. Michelle

    ((HUGS)) We’re thinking of Graham and the fam today. All the very best!
    Oh, and Sprite can email me any time k?

    Michelles last blog post..Quiet Day In.

  10. Cape Cod Gal

    Best wishes for Graham today!!!! Good luck!!!!

    Cape Cod Gals last blog post..Where’s My Guidebook?

  11. Cameron

    They should sell Amoxocillin right next to the gum at gas stations. Girl is at the point where ‘if she gets one more in the next couple months, you should consider tubes’. Dandy.

    Camerons last blog post..Wise Words From A Three Year Old

  12. Beth

    HAGAS…it does a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? Very funny, Jenn.

    Beths last blog post..Have Your Cake and Exercise it Off, Too

  13. cyndi

    HAGAS….that’s completely hilarious and something Sprite may need to get used to if that whole arranged marriage thing works out…of course there are two older men availabe at my house. (I’m just saying)

    GL, Graham! By this time, you may be out and snuggled in mommy’s arms all high and happy. Casey, wishing you strength and a return of your Graham to his original self. Healthy vibes coming your way!

    cyndis last blog post..Lets spend Christmas with your friends and mine

  14. Baba

    It turned out good for Bryan and I’m sure it will turn out great for your little one. Jen you and your sister use to get ear infections also. I had the same problem when I was small and even now I have ear problems. I will add prayers also to Jens prayers. I hope it will be a fast turn around for Graham and you and your husband.

  15. Keely

    *hugs* to everyone and I look forward to the new pink layout, Sprite.

    Keelys last blog post..Frozen Purple Monkey Dishwasher: Random Tuesday Thoughts

  16. Lee Ann

    Sending my prayers to your little one!The next couple of days maybe hectic but you’ll be glad he got the tubes and see a world of difference and a much happier Graham! Best of luck!

  17. Katie

    Yes, fast forward a month would be perfect!

    Katies last blog post..You can have some of my Limoncello ello ello

  18. Sandie

    I’m late to the party here, but I hope the surgery went well. My oldest had three sets of tubes and they were a God send for us! She had her adenoids removed during the third surgery and that cured her for good…the recovery from that was awful though. My poor baby was in pain for a week. 🙁 Hopefully, Graham doesn’t suffer the same fate!

    Sandies last blog post..In the beginning…

  19. Sammanthia

    You can guest post at TEOI anytime, but I’m holding Blue for ransom just in case Sprite decides to mess with Scrat… don’t be messin’ with my squirrel.;)

    Sammanthias last blog post..Spin Cycle: The Inception

  20. Krystal

    I am so late on this one!! AGHGH!!! Such a bad friend I am. Forgive me?

    Well, I hope that Graham made it through okay and that he is not suffering much. As far as the arranged marriage, I think that is a great idea!! Heck, I have a suitor for Elliot!!! You know Baby Boy is mighty handsome and he can actually walk now!!! I’m just saying, heck, it would save us alot of money on travel for family reunions. We are all in Florida. I’m just sayin’

    Krystals last blog post..Life can be cruel

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