(Also posted at Running for Ayrie)
Life changes quickly, doesn’t it? Â I think it’s a given. Â Just when you think you have a small respite and time to catch your breath, everything changes!
We are enjoying our first summer in Minneapolis and hope to hit all twelve of the public beaches this summer! Â (Did you know there are six amazing lakes within this city limits? Â I think this is why people endure the winters here. Â Summer us amazing!)
Ayrie is thriving at school and the teachers glowed about him at the last parent teacher conference. Â I asked, of course, how he’s doing given that his voice is so quiet and they said that the other kids are really respectful. Â They stop and listen, and seem to understand that if Ayrie across the playground that they need to get closer to him to talk with him instead of just yelling. Â They also said that he’s been engaging in a lot of up close and personal play, like blocks and puzzles, reducing the need for a loud voice.
And Ayrie and Shiya are great friends. Â Shiya throws a few (terrible two) tantrums and Ayrie generally deals with them better than I do! Â Shiya can talk more and they’ve started having private conversations that I’m not privy to. Â It’s wonderful
Ayrie’s health? Â It’s hard to say. Â Earlier this week when I was planning this blog post I was going to take a photo of him in his bed. Â It might seem insignificant that he would be in his own bed, but for years he has been sleeping with me so I could hear his breathing in the middle of the night. Â More than once I woke up, couldn’t hear his breathing and panicked! Â But since we are seeing improvement and I don’t fear that he’s going to stop breathing in the middle of the night I have been transitioning them to their own beds.
And here is where life changed on a dime. Â He’s been getting short of breath and has been vomiting. Â So what is it? Â The RRP? Â A cold? Allergies? Â The tracheomalacia? Â I have no idea!! Â So I wait it out. Â And he and Shiya sleep with me again so I canÂ monitor. Â As always,Â I see what happens next and make quick decisions.
We don’t have health insurance right now because we get kicked off every six months as they process our re-application. Â I am not sharing this fact to complain but simply because I think its absurd. Â If his breathing problem gets worse… what are we going to do? Â An Emergency Room and hope that we can figure out the bills… but really, I could do without the added stress!!
Overall, honestly, we are great. Â Thanks for your continued support, thoughts and prayers.