Isaac's demonstration of happiness soon ended as he was first given his 4 year vaccinations and then had his button removed. I had not thought out the logistics of having a boy leaking smelly chocolate weetbix out of a hole in his side and made a very quick visit to the cafe for a takeaway coffee hoping we wouldn't have a pushchair full of mush by the time we got to the car.
Often the hole closes almost immediately, but this has not been the case for Isaac unfortunately. His already sore skin around the site is so sensitive to stomach acid and within a few hours Isaac was screaming with pain, taking small amounts of food which seemed to be coming straight out through the gastrostomy hole. At the same time Noah was attempting to disconnect the Christmas tree lights and I was going through Lily's packing list for the Special Olympics Nationals. Then the phone rang and it was a social worker asking if we'd like to foster a 2 year old and 1 year old with developmental delays! I said "Well not tonight as we may have to take Isaac into hospital."
Isaac has been awake a lot of the night and this morning is still leaking a little through his site but it has eased considerably. Positives are he has learned to take panadol orally and even to drink a little water. Also being awake a lot of the night diminished my wish to have three little children needing total care around the house, as we don't have a triple pushchair we would be more or less house bound and as Paul said "Even if we could manage it, we couldn't easily continue our usual life." I did manage three littlies at once (and had a triple pushchair) when we fostered twenty years ago but I was twenty years younger then and didn't have a Noah with behaviour issues.
So I've phoned the social worker to say 'No" which is a big step to me and a little sad.
Noah by the tree before he pulled all the lights off!
Hannah with her new car "Horton" which I posted about the other day