We’ve just come through another week of surgeries, this time with Hannah and Ethan having their wisdom teeth surgically removed (Hannah actually had five wisdom teeth, with that 5th one up in her sinuses!). Ethan had his surgery done on Wednesday and Hannah on Thursday. Both were put under with general anesthesia. So that would make our fourth round of general anesthesia in about 4.5 months. I went from never having a kid put under to having to see all of my kids come out from under this stuff. Ethan had it tough. He was very nauseated and I had a difficult time getting him home and into the house, where he laid on the kitchen floor for an hour with blood dripping out of his mouth. Hannah was a bit silly coming out. She kept speaking to me in Japanese and I couldn’t understand a word she was saying–it would have been hard to understand anything anyway, because her mouth was so full of gauze. In the end though, it seems that Ethan is having an easier recovery from the procedure. Hannah’s cheeks are still really swollen. I feel so bad for her. Gone are the vision quests of days past. Now our typical teen rite of passage is the removal of these extra teeth that we no longer need, perhaps with a bit of nitrous oxide-induced visions or some general anesthesia speaking in tongues. You get through the awful 2-3 days (or more) and if you’re lucky, you get to do it while you are still covered by your parents’ dental insurance. (I had this done while I was in law school and was going it sans insurance).
I haven’t posted pictures in a while so I thought I’d post some pictures taken before church last Sunday. Ethan was at gymnastics camp at the University of Minnesota so he is absent from the photos. I’ll throw in an earlier photo of Josh and Ethan reading. Ethan has been reading to Josh a bunch this summer which has been very helpful as this boy wants to be read to 24/7. I seriously read about thirty or more books to Josh every day.