Tuesday, April 5, 2011

A Successful Day in the Heat

Recently our family set out for our first family outing in a long time. Thomas was in town and we couldn't pass up the chance for the boys to see him life-size in person. Armed with plenty of electrolytes we were off.

In the past, a whole afternoon out in the heat would be a recipe for disaster for Joshua. In no time at all his eyes would loose their brightness, sink in and develop dark circles below them. His cheeks would look hollow and his lips would dry out. He'd barely be able to talk, not ever taking a full breath while hardly opening or closing his mouth completely. You could see it a mile away.


For the longest time I had standing orders (and honestly, probably still do) to be able to give Joshua bolus IV fluids if I felt they were necessary. I had to on many occasions.

But this outing rewrote history for Joshua. He handled it like a champ. Never complained of being too hot, (the high was close to 90) never was extremely thirsty and ate a hot dog fast enough to put a grown man to shame. In fact he finished his brother's too.

Justin and I couldn't have been happier. It was so great for us all to be out together and not stop dead in our tracks for some sort of emergency. Don't get me wrong, I don't plan on pushing Joshua to the limits any more than that. But it's good to know on occasion his body can handle a little more on it's own now.

Thank you Thomas. What a day!

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