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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Wednesday 3 Sept. (by Clyde3)

Well it's coming up on little Bella's originally-scheduled birthday, as well as Grandpa Clyde's and Grammy Diane's. Could be more that I am not aware of- sorry if i missed you.

I've been here since Monday and I hit the ground running. Tracey was feeling crappy and looking pale when i got here. We all conferred and decided to jack-up the steroids again, since they had been working to keep the nausea at bay.

Not much difference on Tuesday, but Dr. Garon gave orders to put the pedal to the metal and max-out the dosage. Tracey told me this morning that she felt "a fraction better," but I think she has improved more than that; nonetheless we both agreed we would accept a fraction as a gift and not quibble.

Mainly, she has had a bit more alert time and has held her daughter and soothed her for about 15 minutes at a time. It was nice to see. Hopefully, with the steroids administered 4 times a day, Tracey will be back to where she was last week. She always picks the week when I come to make trouble.

Anyway, I've assumed the nursing duties, at least as much as i can without getting "sister cooties," under the supervision of my mother. Keith, the very kind and caring visiting nurse, got into a car accident so I am taking his shift while he's out. Good thing the Marinol tabs show up tonight-- I'll need 'em.

Tracey received my first subcutaneous injection without complaint and gave me high marks, though this may have just been out of politeness.

Bella is great. She is tiny-- compared to my 3yr old, so I have to try to remember how to handle all the infant care. Changing a poopie diaper is like riding a bicycle- you never forget how, although my swaddling skills have deteriorated to a sorry state, I am embarrassed to admit. I've included a video at the end of this post. Not the diapering part, just Bella.

Brandon is still Superman, even though he doesn't think he is. He has tremendous strength and is a great husband and superb Dad. I admire him greatly.

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  1. I'm so glad T went back on the steroids. I hope she gets back to where she was a week or so ago. Thanks for posting the Bella video. I miss her! Give her a kiss from Aunt Christy.

  2. Love the video Clyde! Thanks so much for all you and Diane do for the family - we think of you all every day!
    Kelly & Deb

  3. Uncle Buck n Aunt BobbieSeptember 3, 2008 at 7:50 PM

    Clyde3 - The video was great - THANKS!

    We think of Tracey, Brandon and Bella all the time.

    Wish we could see them...

    Love and Prayers to all...

  4. OMG, that was adorable....kiss her and Trace a kiss for me.....

  5. Lily and I watched the video this morning over breakfast. She said “oh, baby Bella is cute! I want her to say HI!” and she wanted a video of Uncle Brandon and Aunt Tracey and she kept saying “Hi!’ to the Narrator (aka Daddy!) Yay for video cameras!


  6. I hope the steriods continue to improve Tracey.
    clyde - thank you for the video. she is adorable and so alert!!!! she really likes her uncle clyde!!

    give them kisses from me!! wish i could see them all!!!

    love cousin cheryl

  7. Ed, What are you not doing that you have time to make videos? Or is this a statement that your Mom needs to manage her time better??
    I think it is wonderful that you are able to step into your mom's shoes on all accounts....
    Enjoy Bella....and keep the info and videos coming...oh and you forgot Joyce (11) and Daria (3)....

  8. She is beautiful--- what a wonderful thing to see! Love, Jennifer

  9. Just when you think she can't possibly get any cuter!!!! How incredibly precious she is! Thanks Ed for the video. Love to Tracey and Diane!

    East Coast Ya Ya Cousin