Ethan is home

Finger painting (of a sort)
Hi everyone,

Just a quick note to let you know that Ethan is home. He was released from the hospital mid-day Thursday.

I'm sorry I didn't post an update here sooner. We've all been hopping and sleeping. Hopping to get stuff done and catching up on sleep after the hospital stay.

Ethan is still on IV antibiotics, 45 minutes at noon, eight and four am. His line infection is drug resistant, so he's on vancomycin, which is the biggest antibiotic there is. He's been on it before and did okay with it. I just hope he never gets an infection that's resistant to vanc.

Ethan will be on antibiotics through the Tuesday after Christmas. That means he'll be on it for the first few days of the drive to Minneapolis; which should add an additional twist to the road trip: potty breaks and hooking up IV breaks, lol.

The night before we were
discharged.  Ethan was packing
up and getting ready
to go. 
Anyway... Everyone is very excited that we're all home. The boys have been running and jumping on each other, and there's been a whole bunch of tickling going on.

Through it all, we've also been doing a lot of trip prep. The van's got new snow tires on it, and new chains in reserve. The dogs are over at Sarah's parents who will take care of them till we're back. Caleb's fish tank and his fish, snails and shrimp have gone to Mrs. Martinez's kindergarten class so the kids can all enjoy and help take care of the fish.

I'll be spending most of the next few days in the office trying to clear off my desk before we go.

For Christmas, I'm really hoping for a low key celebration. Sarah and I are really looking forward to Christmas with the boys. At the same time, I know that by noon, we'll start obsessing about getting the van packed so we can leave the next day. With any luck, the kids will be busy playing with their new toys and Sarah and I will be able to do what we need to do.

I'm sure, we'll post at least one update from the road. Talk to you then.

Peace and Merry Christmas,


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Dear Ethan and family...We've been following your blog for a while and I apologize for not leaving a note sooner. Have a very merry Christmas and safe travels. We're sending you happy thoughts and prayers. And know that you will have Hurler family waiting here to meet you! Cheryl and Torie