The director then will let us know as soon as she knows when a kid is sick, even telling us a week ago about a kid who had thrown up while Ellie was in school to give us the opportunity to come in and take Ellie home. We have also gotten a call a couple of times the afternoon before Ellie is scheduled for school with a health update which has led us to keep her home just once so far. Stomach bugs are a bad thing these days and we would rather have one day of home school than a free inoculation of gastroenteritis. As always, her teachers are very good and brave (even changing short gut diapers) but we are all happy that Karlene is there just in case. Peace of mind is priceless.
Ellie continues to ramp up in her feeding and less than a month after being discharged from Children's. She is back to eating a limited diet of soft foods, drinking about half of the formula that she was drinking before her troubles this summer and has surprised all of us by gaining a surprising amount of weight. She is 1 1/2 kilos (3.3 pounds) heavier today than when she was released in September. This week her weight gain earned her one night a week without TPN. We are starting on the road to a TPN free life. Again.