I stayed at home yesterday to take care of Joshua. It is always really hard to leave him and go to work, after a scare like we had this weekend, as I have a need to be close to him, to see for myself what is happening with him at all times . Yorkshire Grandma was on hand but I wanted to be his nurse and carer yesterday and it will not be easy to let go today. But I will go back to work this morning and leave his Dad in charge, but I am only 5 minutes drive away and I will have my mobile phone close by just in case I am summonsed back.
Joshua required very little from me yesterday as once up and breakfasted, he settled on the settee in his den where he watched his movies and Show, While I offered him snacks regularly. He had no real appetite yesterday and so he grazed rather than eating the meals that I prepared for him. He chose a bath over supper last night and he lay quietly enjoying the warm water for over an hour. I hope that his antibiotics will soon help him to feel better and more lively, as I am not used to this subdued boy.
He did not get out of his pyjamas all day yesterday and I lit a coal fire in his den to keep him cosy in there. But we will have to venture outside this afternoon as he has his first podiatry appointment, so I will wrap him up warm. The distortion to his right foot means that Joshua tends to walk on the side of his foot rather than flat on his soles and as a result, he has developed a hard callous on the side which might be painful. I am not sure if he will allow podiatry to feel , let alone treat, his foot, but we will give it a go. I made the apppointment last week for him. He likes to have his feet massaged and I rub moisturising cream into them each night after his bath, before bed, and it makes him ‘dreamy’. But I am not sure how he will feel about a stranger touching his foot, especially if he is still feeling unwell, so wish us luck. I did warn the lady that I made the appointment with that there was a risk that the therapist may get kicked or hit, but I was reassured that they are used to dealing with such patients and that they will have strategies to ensure that they get cooperation.