My Thanksgiving

I had lots of plans for my Thanksgiving and for posts on this blog (I really wanted to do a Black Friday post!) but sometimes, things don’t go exactly as planned.

I wrote about having to go to the ER for a feeding tube issue in this post – because of that, I decided to schedule an appointment to get it replaced. I scheduled for the Monday of Thanksgiving week, so that it would be done before the holiday, and I didn’t have class, so I could take the day off of work guilt-free. It was replaced with no issue (other than a bit of a wait at the hospital) and I went home and back to work the next day.

But by Wednesday, it was becoming clear to me that maybe there was some sort of issue. My skin around the feeding tube “button” was really red and irritated, and it seemed like the button was really digging into my skin. I wasn’t sure what this meant, so I did some quick Googling and nothing I read seemed too alarming. I decided to give it a few more days and see if it calmed down.

It didn’t calm down, though, and by Thanksgiving evening I knew I’d have to go in to have it looked at the next day. It was certainly not the most enjoyable Thanksgiving for me – it’s hard to stuff yourself with mashed potatoes when the skin on your stomach is irritated!

Luckily, they were able to squeeze me in on Wednesday morning – not surprisingly, things weren’t too crowded at Interventional Radiology on the day after Thanksgiving! They took some water out of the balloon that holds the feeding tube “button” in place, and that seems to have solved the issue. It was a quick fix, but it did put a bit of a crimp in my plans for the weekend.

That’s not to say, though, that I didn’t fit anything in! I managed to do a little bit of Black Friday shopping (mostly online – I can’t deal with the crowds), treated myself to a blowout at Drybar (where I also picked up their candle) and made time to see family and friends who were in from out of town. So, it wasn’t a completely ruined holiday weekend!

I hope that you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving – let me know in the comments what you did to celebrate!

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    Isleide wanted to come for Thanksgiving dinner, but had tutoring students scheduled for Friday and Saturday. So I drove up just for Saturday, got some work done, picked her up at Secaucus train station about 11 pm and drove home. Then she took the bus back at 11 am on Monday. But we managed to fit a whole Thanksgiving weekend into that 36 hours. Turkey dinner, nutroll baking, review of photos of babies and of her visit with Ellen & Rosanna, oohing and aahing over grandchild gifts, sharing nutrition ideas, even discussion of how she might come to Pittsburgh with us. Mostly Isleide baked, I cooked dinner, and Tom carved and made gravy. At one point all three of us were working in our small kitchen together, just working around each other as though we did it all the time. We do enjoy being together.

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