Wednesday, May 2, 2012


We are so thankful for the slow day today. It started off rough, but only b/c Eli had to take an antibiotic that was horrible tasting in any form and he threw it all up first thing this morning. It was required for the dentist appointment he had today. Just in case the patients swallow any of the yucky bacteria that the hygienist is stirring up, the antibiotic will protect them. But, after he threw up he ate a dry bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch and was just fine, and ate a decent lunch, not so much supper, but decent lunch. Dentist went well, nothing there, but it was not expected to be. It’s just part of the overhaul package. After that we went where??? Yes, the zoo, of course. I’ve lost count how many times I’ve gone, but it is a very nice zoo. It is small, so it is easy to get around (and be done with), and it is literally only about four blocks down the road. It is free for Eli and a guest, so we just walk right in. Of course, his favorite is the Aquarium which is about as big as the ladies bathroom at the VBCC, and located at the furthest point of the campus, nevertheless it is always the first stop. After aquatics, we always hit the Herpetarium where he loves to highlight a chink in my armor by asking me “What about this one, would you be afraid of this one?” “yes.” “What about this one?” “yes.” “But, what about this one here?” “yes, the answer is always yes. I don’t care what shape its eyes are, I don’t care what the pattern is on its skin, I don’t care how big or small it is, the answer is always yes. You can’t point to anything in here that I will say no to.” “But, this is a frog.” “ok, well, the answer is still yes.” So, we go through the whole building doing that little dance each visit. The only other thing he is interested in are the mallard ducks. I know! Yes, there are tigers, panda bears, gorillas, giraffes, elephants, hippos, zebras, monkeys, all of it; the whole zoo gamut is there. I will say, though, that there is a Dinosaur exhibit that is fantastic. If he had asked me was I scared, uh, I would have said yes. Even Eli was a little unnerved, but curious.  I have nothing to compare it to, but I thought it was very well done. The picture I’m including tonight is of Eli in front of the T-Rex and its prey. Each displayed animal moved and made noises (they were stationary, but moved their head, and eyes, and the “prey” of the T-Rex was breathing. It was awesome.) I couldn’t figure out why Eli wasn’t impressed with the crown jewel of the exhibit which was obviously the T-Rex. He looked at it and said “There are three scratches on the triceratops belly and the T-Rex only has two claws on its hand.” Oops, some fancy art designer needs a lesson in detail. Tomorrow has a little weight to it in that he will have a CT scan done to see if there is any more bleeding on his brain, and he will have his bandages removed to check healing from last week’s surgery. The neurosurgeon has the say on proceeding with chemo according to tomorrow. Thanks to you all for pushing our number over 3k for the Facebook page. Prayer is our weapon.

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