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Medical Emergencies Aren't Adorable... Unless You're Elvie
It all started out so well; I planned a trip to New York City to visit friends in the area and show my girls around the city, and we were having a marvelous time. While my six-year-old was interested in seeing the sights, Elvie just took the new city as a brand new place to make lots more friends. She smiled and waved and said hi to just about everyone who would engage in eye contact. We spent a full day seeing everything from Grand Central Station to the Statue of Liberty, and when we got in that evening, I thought she was just tired from our big day. She went to sleep a bit early, but I wasn’t alarmed. It wasn’t until she woke at 1am, sick, that I knew there was a problem.
From 1am to 5am, I held her, wiped her face, tried to get her comfortable, but finally knew that this wasn’t just going to pass in the night, like many viruses do. I knew there was probably more to it. So off to urgent care we went, only to ultimately be admitted to the hospital; Elvie had one of her trademark UTIs, and because of her complicated medical history, the doctor didn’t want to take any chances. It was a huge bummer, and it changed the trajectory of the remainder of our trip. Still, as tough as it was, Elvie held on to her spunk and her spirit. If I were in the hospital being treated for a major infection, I would definitely not look this adorable. But Elvie? Well, she just can’t help it. Here are fifteen photos of Elvie keeping it adorable for her hospital stay.
Beauty rest after a long night of discomfort
Or shall I call it “adorable rest”? Clearly, she needed to be well-rested to win over the doctors and nurses she was about to meet.
Serious about healing
Elvie knows she needs to concentrate to get better…and to fight off the nurse who is trying to insert the IV.
Elvie's smile was lost, then found.
After some antibiotics and fluids, Elvie felt so much better that she broke out her grin. It’s always good to see that grin, but even more so after she’s been in pain.
As long as she's here, she may as well do some paperwork.
Or tear up some paperwork. Tearing it is really so much more fun than making notations or filing.
What, there are no baby dolls in this hospital room?
That’s fine; she’ll just use the wipes the hospital so considerately provided.
"This tongue balm tastes funny."
That’s because it’s LIP balm, Elvie.
Just hangin' out.
Those bed rails are placed in just the right position for toddler lounging. She might as well kick back, right?
She's sure she can get this glove on right if she concentrates.
The size is an issue, but she’ll keep trying.
If you can't wear it, you might as well hug it.
Gloves make great baby doll substitutes, too.
Time to work on her touch screen skills.
If she doesn’t take these quiet hours in the hospital to learn to slide to unlock, just when will she find the time to learn it? Normally the iPad isn’t within such easy reach.
She doesn't like to get drenched, so she leaves the lid on her water.
It does make it harder to drink it that way, though.
She cracks herself up no matter what the circumstances.
IV in her foot? Limited food intake to make sure she can keep it down? No problem, she’ll just make some faces and weird noises to keep things lively.
"What's that? You say NO crawling over the rail? But I feel so much better!"
I knew Elvie was truly on the mend when her daredevil ways returned.
Removing your own IV is exhausting.
She’s going to have to have some more beauty rest to account for that.
A nap with Ababi is the best way to end a hospital stay.
My husband wasn’t supposed to come on this trip, but Elvie used her hospital stay to convince him to join us. We wish this had never happened, but we were overjoyed to see him just the same. Elvie did her part by being discharged in time to celebrate Father’s Day in the city instead of in the hospital. Good work, Elvie.