He knows now.
After three previous surgeries he knows what's going on.
He knows the routine of waking up early, and just he and I driving to the hospital.
He knows to climb into the chair and to move around playfully when I change him into his gown.
He knows to sit still when they take his blood pressure and to nod his head when they ask him if he understands that when he gets the mask he needs to put it on his mouth and breath the sleepy juice even though he really has no clue what they are saying.
Bless his heart.
Nolan is an amazing little boy. He is smart. Funny. Ticklish. Squeezable. Loud. Tender. Sweet. And adorably naughty at times.
And as I sit here I wonder how God could have blessed me with such a precious little man.
Nolan was supposed to have four surgeries on his ears. Two on each side rotating back and forth over the course of two years. The doctor told me today that she wants to try and do everything on his left ear during this surgery so that he won't have to have another one next year. Excited with this news, I was deflated just the same when she followed up that he would have to have his ears cleaned out every 6 months for the rest of his life and would most likely need hearing aids down the road.
As if he didn't have enough going on.
And yet Nolan remains this happy-go-lucky little munchkin of a boy who brings smiles to peoples' faces as if nothing was wrong.
He doesn't even know what an inspiring teacher he is to his Mom.
He is teaching me what it means to have joy.
He is teaching me what it means not to complain.
He is teaching me the importance of listening.
He is teaching me that talking is overrated.
He is teaching me to make the most of every moment.
He is teaching me that life is so very precious and that orphans need out. We have learned that for Nolan it was a matter of life or death for him.
As the doctor explained the surgery she said that restoring Nolan's hearing was secondary to saving his brain from getting a serious infection that could lead to death. I am so thankful that we are getting this taken care of.
He is so worth it!