Tuesday, June 18, 2013

On the eve of Callum's surgery ...

We are getting things together for the hospital stay. Callum's surgery is scheduled for 7:30 AM tomorrow, which means we need to be up at 4AM to get to the hospital 2 hours before start time. Janet and I are doing a pretty good job (though I say so myself) of keeping it cool, despite carrying a lot of stress ... somewhere? Floating around our heads like a grey cloud? I don't know. Callum seems in good spirits. He knows what's up as much as he can at age 7, and he seems really positive. Every now and then he asserts quite authoritatively that there's an alternative to spinal surgery, so we can cancel the procedure ... but today he's mostly been excited to pack, choosing books and DVDs and toys to bring, insisting on helping to carry things from one room to the next in his power chair. Really, knowing there's no alternative, and knowing we're in extremely capable hands, doesn't make this exactly easy, but it does bring with it a certain peaceful resolve to go forward with a positive attitude. There's lots of other news; for example, 1st grade has come to a successful close ... but I can't really concentrate on that stuff right now. Maybe there will be time for a more complete update in the near future. Thanks to our wonderful, supportive friends, and to all who continue to keep Callum in their thoughts.

5 comments:

Marci Scher said...

Please know that you are in our thoughts and Ian has told me he "must" come see Cal when he is up to visitors.... In addition, please know that if either of you need a break or want to take a little bit of time for each other Brian and I are quite good at sitting at the hospital and can come sit with Cal. Marci and Brian

Anne Watts said...

Thanks for the visit, super sweet.

alice french said...

what a sweet boy. we think of you all often. we have a running joke that silas is the dalai lama because he has such an accepting and kind dispostion, but i think callum might be his rival.
kisses to callum and your family,
alice

amy pickering said...

Here wishing you all sorts of positive healing stuffs, and sending love...

ISBN 2-221-97795-3 said...

I believe that I speak for many in that we are all thinking about Callum and your family today. We are rooting for y'all!