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10:30 PM: We've had a much better day today. No injuries, and I slept through the night! We did miss the bus this morning, but we'll try to do better tomorrow. I got a full day of work in today (and did 3 loads of laundry and made a casserole for dinner!)... I can bring home the bacon and fry it up in a pan, as the old song goes. Anyhow, we had a good evening together, although we miss Randall. Elisabeth sat in his chair for dinner. Sophie did the coolest thing tonight. When it was time for her to take her oral methotrexate (3 little pills that she usually chews up), she started complaining about it not tasting good, so I asked her if she wanted to try something. I went and got one of my own pills and showed her how I put it on the back of my tongue and then swallow it with water. She popped one of the pills in her mouth and swallowed it right down, no problem. She was very excited to do it with the other two pills and can't wait to try it with some of her other medicines. I don't know how well it will work with her steroid, because it will leave a bitter taste on her tongue but I warned her and she wants to try it (we'll report on that in a few weeks). At the hospital, I asked about the possibility of teaching her to swallow pills a year ago, and the nurses cautioned me against it, saying that if we try to get her to do it too early, she could have trouble swallowing pills for years. I'm so pleased it worked out so well, and I'm really proud fo her for trying it so willingly. Elisabeth (who wants to wear her splint for a few more days--in order to get a little more attention, I think) now wants to try it too. I told her I would buy some "junior" advil that's not chewable and she can try it next time she has a pain.


I didn't have much time to go through the archives (but would like to)...what a great way to let everyone know about Sophie's progress. I hope you are feeling better...I had the same "flu". It lasted over 2 weeks! Take care, Patty