Emmett has had a rough 18 hours and is now in BC Children's Hosptial.
It is now Friday evening. He perked up for about half an hour while watching Daniel Tiger's Neighbourhood and the thought of a van ride - which means Woody the Cowboy, Buzz, and all of the rest of the Toy Story characters. Of course, Alisha and Josh absolutely love Toy Story. It has been burned into their memory! Even the sequels. We need a new Toy Story simply to give Alisha and Josh a break. That perkiness didn't last very long. He is sick.
We will give you updates as we are able. Right now Emmett, Alisha, and Josh obviously covet your prayers and well wishes.
Hard to say exactly what it is: he has a fever, the chills, and his chest is very sore. Right now he is in the right place and Alisha and Josh are with him! In the blink of an eye he went from being fine to being ill.
Emmett has a bug. It is probably one of the ones that Alisha and Josh work so diligently to protect Emmett from getting. We know that some people think that we go over the top with our reactions and that if we just let the kid be that his immune system would toughen up. But it won't. Seriously. Emmett is medically fragile. It is realistic to assume that he will always be a very fragile kid. An atypical kid.
A typical kid gets a bug and keeps on playing. Mom's and dad's might wipe their kid's nose every now and then, but life goes on. That same inconsequential bug gets Emmett. And he's down and fighting for breath. His usual non-stop chattering has stopped. His bi-pap machine is on around the clock. He barely moves and isn't interested in his toys. His oximeter - yes, he has his very own oximeter - is on and monitoring his heart beat and oxygen levels. The alarms don't go off very often unless he is sick. Then we hear them. And everyone goes running to help him - even faster than they respond in Gray's Anatomy. (BTW, I don't really like Gray's Anatomy but it is better than The Good Doctor. Goodness, Doogie Howser, M.D. is/was better than The Good Doctor!) His suction machine, which is never more than a metre or two away from him, gets an overtime workout. The spare suction machine is not too far away.
So if you have the flu or a cold, you will understand why we give you wide berth. See me using hand sanitizer after shaking your hand - don't take offense. I'd do the same after shaking my parent's hand. You see, I don't want to be the one who carries that minute little bug to Emmett.