Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Do I Cry For This?

when the phlebotomist called Charlie's name, he resisted by planting his leg firmly. Like a dog when it realizes he's going to the vet. Damn, he's strong. I carried him in and we sat in a different chair than usual. Not sure. Maybe a bit higher than the other. Less constricting maybe? Whatever it was, I think it confused Charlie.

"Do I cry for this?" he asked me.

I paused, not expecting such a question. "Uh, well, you don't have to," I said. "But it's OK if you do."

I turned Charlie's face away from the nurse's hands and put it against my chest. There was no horrific roar. There was no scream that could stop traffic. Just the slightest wimper when the needle burrowed under his skin.And that was it. A wimper. That was a first.

When we walked out of the office I had a smile from ear to ear, Charlie cracked a subtle "I survived" expression as he held his arm gingerly. Susanne greeted us with an incredulous look as she gestured "what happened?"

The three of us practically skipped across the hospital lobby to the gift shop where Charlie immediately selected a blue (of course) gel-filled, squishy frog that he named Bubbles.

I'm so proud of him. I spent the rest of the day very happy.

The visit with the endo also went fairly well. They're pleased with his growth rate and they like that we've had fewer lows than in the past. He runs a bit on the higher side at times, but we're working on it.

Thank you all for your well wishes and words of encouragement. I very much appreciate it.


At 9:51 AM, Blogger MileMasterSarah said...

Awesome how that works! I’m so happy it was better than expected!

At 9:51 AM, Blogger Chops said...

I'm so glad to hear that. He's growing up so fast. I know he'll give Bubbles a good home.

At 10:07 AM, Blogger Vivian said...

Yea Charlie!! Bubbles is almost as cute as his owner. =) Good job dad!!! I love that question, "do I cry for this?" That is priceless. So glad it all went well and that the endo appointment was a positive one. Keep up the great work.

At 11:22 AM, Blogger William said...

Charlie is THE MAN! Bubbles is in good hands.

At 11:52 AM, Blogger George said...

That is so GREAT!!!!!!!

At 12:08 PM, Blogger Poet with a Day Job said...

That is the best story I have heard in a long time. I am so glad for you and for your obviously very big boy, and very wise soul, Charlie.

At 12:17 PM, Blogger Megan said...

I'm glad it went so well!

At 1:56 PM, Blogger Scott K. Johnson said...

That question would have thrown me for a loop too! And for the record I thought you handled it VERY nicely...

Did it seem to give him a renewed sense of confidence? To know that he can handle some of this scary medical stuff?

At 2:08 PM, Blogger In Search Of Balance said...

Wonderful news! What a brave guy! Bubbles is a lucky frog to have such an owner...

At 4:07 PM, Blogger Sandra Miller said...


Fantastic! I'm proud of your little guy, too.

And hey-- Kudos to you, as well.

Because -- despite how painful it is for you to hear him cry, and how much you wished he didn't-- you told Charlie that it was OK if he did.

I'm sure that Charlie drew strength from the knowledge that his dad would love and support him either way.

You guys rock!

At 1:15 PM, Blogger Carey said...

Thank you all.

Scott, to answer your question, I honestly don't know. I like to think so, but with three kids I've seen my share of regression. Just going to enjoy the moment for now.

At 6:41 PM, Blogger Kerri. said...

Charlie (and Bubbles) are tough cookies.

And I understand Charlie's fear of having blood drawn. Even now, 20 years into this, I wince and look away, too. ;)

At 12:14 AM, Blogger cHoCoMiLkRoCkS said...

that's brillaint ! such a brave kid!

about my post, yeah i can see how it sounds funny. i probably sound weird to the americans on here. they're aint many british people on here!

:) have a good weekend

At 6:53 AM, Blogger Shannon said...

Charlie is cute! My heart melted when I read about him asking "Do I cry for this?"

It must be the anticipation of seeing everything get set up that gets him so upset. Brendon was the same way. He does "Lamaze" type of breathing to help him get through the blood test shots. What these kids endure.

And with dad holding tight, I'm sure Charlie felt brave enough to get through the shot.

Good that everything worked out!

At 7:12 AM, Blogger Carey said...

I did ask the endos why we couldn't just use the fingerprick method to get a1c. I've heard this is done at other hospitals. I was surprised with the response. I assumed they would say that it was because theirs was a more thorough test - looking for other markers in addition to a1c. Not the case. Apparently, they want this machine but don't have the funds to buy it. Shocking.

We then talked about the possibility of just using the over-the-counter kits. It's not covered by insurance, but I think well worth the 20 or so dollars. We will do this once we match up the kit's result to theirs to confirm its accuracy.

At 5:38 PM, Blogger whatnext said...

your post. do i cry for it?

yep. i do.

i did.

you boys are something else.


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