Tuesday, November 15, 2011

So - Your Child Sleeps in a DOG KENNEL??

The Skink is doing well, all things considered. Following her stay in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit for viral pneumonia, we are jumping through a few little hoops to help her continue to recover at home. When she sleeps she must stay on oxygen as well as a meter that tracks her pulse and O2 saturations. She gets breathing treatments 3 times a day and we take her to her regular pediatrician every few days.

In my last homecoming post, I mentioned that we have her sleeping in a dog kennel. We get that this makes us sound like awful parents. How's it working? GREAT! She loves it and at bed time begs to go to her "PeaPod" - the name of the pop-up tent marketed for children. Our actual PeaPod grew very old and decrepit and therefore was replaced with a nearly identical pop-up tent marketed for dogs... for less than half the price.

While one might easily assume that connecting a 5-year-old to wires and tubes right at bed time may not be exactly conducive to sleep, The Skink has proven once again that she is ready for new challenges as always.

Can you see the addition to our sleeping arrangements? Mommy lucked out on her daily trip to the pharmacy and found a cow PillowPet! It's the smaller size one (they were out of big cow PillowPets), but it fits perfectly in our PeaPod - - and needless to say, our cow-loving Skink LOVES her new pillow!

First we put on the sensor for the pulse/O2 meter. The Skink's biggest complaint? "It tickles, Daddy!"

All set! So now we cover it up with a sock and run the cord up her pants leg to keep it from tangling up in all the cows.

Then we hook up the oxygen...

and the pulse/O2 meter. (Note how patiently my little Skink is standing! She knows the drill.)

Then she climbs in while Daddy keeps her "tails" from tangling.

Then The Skink gathers her herd of cows,

Daddy helps her with her covers, and zips her up for the night.

See how neatly the tube and cord run between the two zippers at floor level? Can I just say, our Boots & Barkley Large Pop Open Dog Kennel ROCKS! (Anything highlighted in that funky peach color is a link :o)

I can not tell you how thankful we are that we are having to do this with The Skink and not Iraq! There is no way in the world (or in the rest of the universe) that Iraq would tolerate sticky things, tubes, wires or things that randomly "beep" in the night!

It's a blessing that The Skink is so tolerant - currently her oxygen sats still drop when she is asleep, and her heart rate regularly drops under 50 beats per minute... and that means that Mommy has to get up every 30 minutes or so and check the O2 or pat The Skink on the back to raise her heart rate to a rate more conducive to life. Poor Skink!

Hopefully she'll be all better really soon!

So - my mother was rather appalled that I would A) purchase a dog kennel for my daughter and B) tell people that I had committed such a crime (she didn't use those words, though - LOL). So what do you think?

Also - I almost drove my poor husband nuts tonight as I used my camera to document each step of The Skink's going-to-bed process. Was it worth it, or should I lay off the camera a bit and save my husband's sanity?

I'd love to hear your thoughts!



  1. Hey you gotta do what you gotta do. At one point, when he was about 2 years old, Sixfinger Slim had a doggie chew toy that he gnawed on. The speech therapist we were working with said doggie chew toys were cheaper and sturdier than most chew toys marketed for young children, especially given how MUCH Sixfinger chewed on his toy.

  2. Very creative. You both are amazing. Wish we lived closer so my children could grow up with yours. The blog is a great way to help others.

  3. I am in love with the dog bed to be honest! I think it's a crack up and if it keeps the Skink safe and all of her medical bits and bobs in place, then go with it! The fact that it's half the price of a normal sleep safe bed just proves how overpriced disability related products are!

    Hope she gets better real soon!

  4. Love it. And tell hubs to relax, it was nice getting to know what he looks like. :o) Let mom know we all think it's very smart of you to get the same product named differently for half price.

  5. Sunwolf - Laura KlassenNovember 16, 2011 at 8:31 PM

    Meh it is all marketing. You know they are both manufactored side by side in the same factory and just labeled differently lol.

    I am so glad she is on the mend! What a heart steeler.


  6. Awwww...she is so cute! What a great bed idea, so clever! And it looks like such a cozy little nest for her. I hope she's better soon, and that you have a chance to catch up on some sleep.


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