# Monday, 24 November 2008

Cyberspamalot!

Anyone who was ever a fan of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, as well as Dr Who will find this hysterical...

For those not in the know, the song is from the Monty Python film, and was sung by a load of medieval knights in the castle of Camelot (King Arthur's castle). The lyrics are excellent if you can make them out ("It's a busy life in Camelot, we eat ham and jam and spam a lot"). The video is a collection of bits from recent Dr Who films featuring the deadly Cybermen.

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New picture of Chaya Devoira

Chaya Devoira managed to pull out her feeding tube this evening, resulting in another unexpected (but thankfully brief) visit to the hospital to have it put back.

One benefit of this event was that I managed to get a picture of her without the tube...

As you can see, she is all wrapped up in her snug coat, ready to go to the hospital for tube reinsertion. She is still putting on weight nicely, although we won't know if it's enough for the heart operation for a few more weeks.

That's all folks!

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# Monday, 17 November 2008

Putting on weight (Chaya Devoira, not me!)

Phew, been eleven days since I last wrote anything here. Guess that pretty much sums up life at the moment - very hectic and no time for everything.

Anyway, the great news is that Chaya Devoira is putting on weight nicely. She's up to about six and a half pounds now, which is good, but still leaves here with some way to go before she is big enough for the heart operations.

The surgeons at Alder Hey hospital in Liverpool (where they are to do the operations) are going to review her case again in 3-4 weeks to decide on a date. From what we've heard, the effects of the second of these operations can be quite dramatic. Someone said is was like a light bulb had been switched on in the baby - suddenly he was eating, gurgling, growing and looking around more. IY"H we will see great benefits from it too.

We had a scare on Friday. The nurse from the hospital rang to say that Chaya Devoira's potassium levels were too high. Now, I only know two things about potassium, and neither was very helpful. The first is that if you take a small piece of raw potassium, and drop it in a bowl of water, it whizzes around the surface fizzing for a few minutes, before burning with a small, but bright flame. If you have a chemistry teacher who is easily persuaded, you can convince him to drop a big piece of potassium in, which causes a fairly impressive explosion! Chemistry was fairly dull, but it was brightened up by the odd interesting incident like that!

The only other thing that I know about potassium, is that you get it from eating bananas. Now, as far as I know, Chaya Devoira doesn't eat bananas, mainly because her hands are too small to hold them properly. Maybe we should have held them for her, and she wouldn't have had low potassium levels :-)

Be that as it may, her levels were too low, and it seems this can be dangerous. They whisked her into hospital on Friday lunchtime (it would be Friday wouldn't it?), and threatened to keep her there. After much Tehillim, and some smooth talking with the nurses, they allowed them to come home, although they only arrived ten minutes before Shabbos. To make a rushed time even more rushed, they arrived home with an impressive array of new medicines (to complement the existing impressive array), as well as a pill cutter, a pill crusher and a whole new lot of plastic syringes. This baby is certainly making life interesting!

Anyway, boruch Hashem, things have settled down again, and we are back in some sort of normality (or whatever passes for that in this house). We are trying to get the last bits of our building work done, having told the builders not to come back, so that adds yet another thing to my ever-increasing list of things to do!

OK, ending here as supper has just landed on the table, and it's parents' evening for Nechoma Bryna in 25 minutes. Phew!

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# Thursday, 06 November 2008

Why do women have so many more clothes than men?

Amongst everything else, we have builders in the house. Part of the modifications that they are slowly doing involves moving our bedroom from the ground floor to the middle floor, and the living/play room from the middle floor to the ground floor. Due to the extra workload I've had with the Boss and baby being in hospital, this has happened over a period of several weeks. One result was that we had a bedroom upstairs, and the Boss' clothes downstairs (well, she wasn't here to need them, and I had enough else to do that was urgent without shifting things that could wait).

I finally got around to moving her clothes upstairs the other day, and was amazed at how many she has. My wardrobe consists of white shirts (about ten), black trousers (about four or five pairs, which I consider to be quite a lot), one weekday jumper, one Shabbos jumper and a suit. She has enough clothes to stock a medium-sized boutique in a fashionable district of Paris - albeit with the wrong sort of clothes for such a place! It seems that women have a completely different wardrobe depending on the time of year. The only difference between my summer and winter wardrobe are the two jumpers mentioned above! Why do women have so many clothes?

I suppose this isn't a new question. It probably goes back to the time that Adam wondered why Eve had three fig leaves and he only had one!

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I've seen this thing before, it looks familiar!

I'm sitting in my familiar chair, grey and comfortable (the chair, not me - although some may say those words apply to both), contemplating the object in front of me. It looks vaguely familiar, but I can't quite put my finger on it. Actually, I did put my finger on it, which is how you can read this blog entry.

All of which is a rather bizarre way of starting the first blog post for ten days. It's actually the first time I've switched on my computer for ten days, which is probably why it all seems so foreign. I've been so wrapped up in other things, that I never really thought about it. For someone that works with computers day in and day out, I didn't miss it at all :-)

Anyway, enough waffle, time for an update...

Boruch Hashem, the Mrs and Chaya Devoira finally came out of hospital after Shabbos, having been there for just short of two weeks. Chaya Devoira is putting on weight at a nice rate, and they seem happy with her. She was last weighed on Monday (it's now Thursday), and she was 2.76Kg, or just over 6lbs 1oz for those old-fashioned folks like me who can't get their heads around Kilos. They want her to get to about 4 or 5Kg (which is between 9lbs and 11lbs) before they will do the first of the heart operations, but the way she's going, that looks like being well within the original time scale of less than six months old. Here is a picture of them both in our house, just to prove that they got here!

The Boss and Chaya Devoira

Life here has settled into a semi-normal state. The Boss is still very tied up with Chaya Devoira as she needs feeding every three hours (Chaya Devoira, not the Mrs, although she would also like to be fed every three hours), so by the time she's fed her, then given her an impressive cocktail of medication, prepared the expressed milk and high-energy formula, got that down the feeding tube, flushed out the tube, tidied away the equipment and expressed milk for the next feed - it's almost time for the next feed! That leaves me running the house, although with a little help from the Boss, and without any commuting to the hospital, it's easier than it was.

Sadly, our builders have lived up to the reputation of builders everywhere, and the work in the house has dragged on. They're still here, although are thankfully in the final stages. It's all the little jobs at the end that seem to take forever, and make a disproportionate amount of mess! Quite apart from my usual dislike of having workers in the house, we could really do without them right now. Still, I'm sure it will be nice when it's finished! That's what we keep telling ourselves!

Not a lot else to report. My parents have gone to Eretz Yisroel for the wedding of my second cousin Shmuel Meir. We would have loved to have gone, but it was completely out of the question right now. My in-laws are coming in a couple of weeks, so that's something to look forward to. Apart from that, it's housework and nappies!

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