For those of you who have come by this weekend looking for the Challenge slideshow, my apologies. It's in the works, i swear - but we've had something come up unexpectedly: It's interesting that last week's challenge is the very thing that Artoo is uncapable of.
Starting on Thursday this week, Artoo started getting a cold - and it progressively worse - with a thick and heavy cough and wheezing. On Saturday afternoon, i took him to the local clinic and was promptly sent to the Emergency Room at the hospital across town - where Artoo was admitted for Respiratory Distress. They have done some tests to see what type of viral infection he has, but we will not know the results until tomorrow.
Artoo was not eating, and what we could get him to eat he would throw up minutes later. So when we arrived at the Emergency room he was very dehydrated on top of having trouble breathing. There's just so much mucous and being so young and a preemie at that, he lacks the tools to cope with something like this. In essense, he was drowing in mucous.
The nurses had a very difficult time getting an IV in him yesterday, which was horrible to watch them fish around in his little head for a vein that would stay strong enough to insert the IV. They had to call down specialists from the Neonatal unit to come and put in the IV, and even THEY had a difficult time.
He's been on the IV since we got admitted yesterday, as well as Oxygen, and a whole handful of various leads and monitors... add to all this his fancy new boots and braces for his club feet, it's pretty tricky to maneuver him.
He's been getting fluids via IV, but we've been feeding him by bottle bit by bit, to get him back up to where he can take a full feed by bottle. They did lower his oxygen a bit today, and they've been giving him a puffer to help him breathe and he's been sleeping pretty deeply.
Right now i'm writing all of this from the Pediatric Ward Play Room at the hospital.
I came with the intent of postponing this week's challenge, but my hubby had a great idea.
So, this week's challenge is to create a heart, using TWO previous challenges (Found Here) together. So, maybe you use Ixorus and a Double String, or a Blind String with Starry Eyed Surprise... and maybe you could send your healing intent to our little baby as you do your entry.
I will do the challenge and post my entry when things have calmed down on the home front - and i promise to get the Slideshow for last week's challenge up and running as soon as i'm able. In fact, i was in the middle of creating it when we decided we should probably take Artoo to a doctor yesterday.
If you have a blog, add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;)
If you don't have a blog but still want to participate, you can email your tile to me and i will post it here. (See the contact tab above for my email address)
The deadline for each weekly challenge is Saturday night so that i can round everyone up by Sunday. What this means is that i will stop adding tiles to the slideshow on Sunday. You're still more than welcome to do the challenges and add your name to the linkey machine.
I will be more diligent with the linkey machine - by editing out the ones that don't work, the doubles, the links that lead to nowhere, the links that go just to blog home pages (this is why we need those site specific urls), and the spam. And there is some spam. :(