October has been an exhausting month so far. We had the news of Niklas's surgery followed by the baptism and then a road trip vacation. When we returned from our trip, all three of the kids had come down with colds. We took them to the pediatrician on Wednesday to get another round of immunizations and flu shots. Thursday, Niklas developed a fever of 102-103, so we took him back in.
We were a little worried since fever is a sign of shunt failure (but also a reaction to the flu shot). What we need to do is to start trusting our instincts. Although he didn't feel great, he was acting fine, eating, and still smiling and laughing. My gut was telling me that this was just a run of the mill fever, but what if? On Friday, the fever was not gone, so we were advised to take him in once again.
Friday, the in laws left and we were sad to see them go as they were a lot of fun to have around and a huge help too. This week, however, we get the relief of my mom coming down to help out while Niklas has his surgery. I think we are mainly wiped out in anticipation of this. It's hard to even fathom that my kid will be having his 4th brain surgery in just 10 months, but we know that this is for the best and that it is all in God's hands. Thanks again to everyone who has been reading this and offering their support.