Mellow Yellow

February 23, 2009 at 11:07 am 4 comments

contemplative soul

contemplative soul

 You may look at that face, friends, and wonder how it doesn’t break our hearts each and every time we set our gaze upon it. And in point of fact, it does. I am here now, in the small consultation room adjacent to the over-stuffed waiting room of Day Surgery, our home away from home. I fight each time for the private digs on account of our boys are preemies and prone to infection and rsv and whatnot. They don’t put up a fight, but just usher me into the first class lounge, where I have lamps, a phone, nice carpeting, and – you guessed it – wifi. Big Al is home with the other brothers, keeping the house and herself together by sheer force of will as her smallest boy fights his way through another round of waiting, anesthesia, scalpels and sutures, pedia-lite, and a visit to the sixth floor and one last round of graham crackers and peanut butter (just when I think I’m out…they pull me back in!) At some point today we’ll trade places, a nifty trick, and in all likelihood it’s Al’s turn to spend a cozy night bedside in the infant ward, making sure our boy gets every last bit of attention and special care he’s got coming to him. 

So I’m sitting with Satch, who’s awake and somewhat hungry, and I look down to discover that his binkie has tumbled out of his mouth and been replaced, quite happily, by a moist and pliant digit. This boy, for the time being, was all thumb, a joy to behold. I was even able to capture the moment. 

there's a sucker born...

Although we’ve been down this path again and again, it is somehow more difficult with ole Satch. He remains our smallest, and the one who is most apt to be stunned or startled by the world’s vicissitudes. His face bespeaks an outsized sensitivity, alongside artistic wonderment, and we send him into battle with an extra dose of trepidation. In his corner will be the good Dr. H., who filled in so admirably for the now-retired Big Bird so many weeks ago, and whose boyish good looks and dapper style might give another parent pause if he hadn’t so remarkably shown his mettle in prior combat. We have faith in the good doctor – especially since he already knows his way around the little man, and has also been baptized in Satch’s holy yellow water.

Today promises to be mostly uneventful, and you can count on me to report back. Just say a little prayer for the little yellow man, and hope for the boringest of updates from yours truly.


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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Nina  |  February 23, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    Am sending love love love to you, Al & Satch. Something tells me that boy’s a lot tougher than he looks. Hang in, all of yous (as they say in these parts).
    xoxo Nina

  • 2. shnootre  |  February 23, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    Thanks big sis – word is he’s pulled through it. Hope they were ready for him though. He may be the smallest, but he’s also the LOUDEST. (he sometimes makes me think of Owen Meany, if that reference means anything…)

  • 3. Nina  |  February 23, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    A prayer for Owen Meany then. 😉

  • 4. Paul Winkler  |  February 23, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    It’s weird how young doctors look now, isn’t it? I swear the anesthesiologist at Abby’s C-section was about 25. He looked like he should’ve been in a noise band in Williamsburg. Our pediatrician could be his nerdy hipster girlfriend who presumably writes a popular blog on some obscure handicraft topic. We must be aging.


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