Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thanksgiving Eve

I love Thanksgiving. I've always loved spending time with family (immediate and extended) and feel there's much for which to be thankful. Oh yeah, and there's really good food. All of it.

Today Cole and I made a super-easy chocolate pie. It's not good for you, but it IS tasty. The recipe is so simple that I'll just write it really quickly if you need to make something in a pinch!
1-1/4 cups cold milk
2 pkgs (4 oz. each) instant chocolate pudding mix
1 tub Cool Whip, divided
1 graham cracker crust (I used a chocolate one)
Mix milk, pudding mix, and half of the Cool Whip with a wire whisk for one minute (mixture will be thick). Pour into crust and spread out evenly. Take other half of Cool Whip and pour into crust. Spread evenly.

Done! So good. And then we lick the whisk. :)

We did this while Dean was sleeping. Poor Dean has not been quite himself for the last few days. He's not been as interested in eating, but he's peeing fine and so we know he's dehydrated. As with others with PWS, the usual symptoms of fever, vomiting (they don't typically throw up), etc., are just not reliable because they may or may not present even when a person is sick enough to warrant them.  So we're just keeping him hydrated and checking on him. We have to rely on our instincts in the absence of symptoms to know if he's really sick or not. Try explaining this in a doctor's office - and you can't really blame them, doctors are trained to look for symptoms. If there ARE no symptoms and yet the person is still supposedly sick, what do you do with that? Here's to hoping he's not really sick and that he recovers soon. 

Thinking this holiday season about all the PWS families who are trying to diligently to make the holidays as stress-free and as possible when there is just food EVERYWHERE. We know very much that it is easier for now for us while Dean is young, but we don't take it for granted.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. I'm thankful for all of you who follow us on this journey. 

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