She can't be lifted normally under her arms because that would hurt her chest area. She has to be handled very carefully by placing your hands under her little butt and lifting. That is a near impossibility for us oldies-especially since she has gained so much weight because of the steroids. In order to hold Charlotte, I have to sit down and Travis places her on my lap. As he picks her up, she curls over with her head into his chest.
On Saturday, Sept. 2, the home health care nurse came out to make sure Charlotte was getting her meds properly-the entry tube has to be scrubbed 30 seconds, let dry 30 seconds, pills put into liquid form, injected slowly [Erin and Travis take care of all this twice a day] and her environment clean. Everyone in the household has been put on notice to handy wipe their hands and to leave shoes at the door before coming into the room. A note is on the door to remind and a table with handy wipes is at the door, don't give her anything that hasn't been cleaned and don't be in her face.
Charlotte enjoys playing with the kids. Before she got sick she played outside with them and the little girls across the street. This is an octopus her great aunt Jackie [MamJack] crocheted for her in orange that stands for leukemia.
Her great uncle, Jeff, thought she might like shells he found while he was fishing and she loved them. He took special care to clean them thoroughly.
Her doll house is one of her favorite things.
She loves to paint. She did a lot of that in the activity room at the hospital and of course her side kick, Hannah, is always right there with her.
and she is still getting special things. Mamaw Melinda brought a Cloud Pet in that we have to learn how to use
We are all having to get used to a new normal of Charlotte Ann's fragility and keeping her environment safe for her. I just thank God that we still have her. We came near losing her twice in just a few weeks.
Many thanks for all the prayers for her.
God bless you