Thursday, all 4 of us had to get up super early, because it was MRI day and we had to be at Lurie's Childrens Hospital (formerly known as Children's Memorial) by 7 AM. I felt badly Noah was missing a day of school, but our day care doesn't open until 6:30 and we were on the road by 5:45 (good thing, because we didn't arrive until 7:05 due to traffic). The new hospital is really nice compared to the old Children's we used to go to when Juli was much smaller. When we checked Juli in, the lady behind the reception desk immediately produced 2 big bags for both kids, containing coloring pages and crayola crayons. Both kids sat down at one of the kid tables and started coloring. When Juli got called back, all of us got to go back with her, where we put her in her gown and answered a bunch of questions. Then, one of the nurses showed her how to work the remote to the television and helped her select the movie of her choice from the movie channel- Frozen, of course. Just as we got to the "Let it Go" scene, they came and had us move back to the next room where we met the anesthesiologist, a young man who Juli instantly bonded with (before that she had been pretty glued to me). He asked her what flavor of gas she wanted, and she chose bubble gum. Then he asked her how many candles were going to be on her next birthday cake- she said 100. He told her that she looked good for almost 100 years old, and Juli replied, "well, I'm really only going to be 6". Then he asked her if she was ready, she said, "yes", jumped off the table and didn't look back at us. He held out his hand and she grabbed onto it. Just like that she was gone.
|Up at the "buttcrack" of dawn|
|Coloring in the waiting room|
|All done for the day|
It is a bit overwhelming to be back in this boat again after having 2 years of relative calm, but we want to do everything in our power to make sure that Juli can be successful not just in school, but in everything that she does.