I’m a Nurse-mom. That much should be obvious from this picture.


This is just part of the regimen that we give our little guy everyday. This regimen requires that I go to the pharmacy quite a bit. Fortunately my pharmacy is at Target and that sweetens the whole deal for me, because really, who doesn’t want an excuse to go to Target?

Pharmacist: “Name?”

Me: “McClelland. Spelled M-C-C.” (Really I’m surprised they don’t know it by now. Maybe they’re required to ask.)

Pharmacist: “Looks like you have four in our system. Give me about twenty minutes.”

Me: “Thank you,” as I turn my cart to escape being a Nurse-mom and wander the aisles of finding things I need…and things I don’t.

Most of the time the pharmacist finishes filling the scripts before I finish my shopping. It’s okay though because I’m getting things I “need.” Yet the real source of my guilt is actually having a kiddo who needs so many meds on a regular basis. I do wonder that maybe we’re complicating his GI system by giving him all of these different drug therapies. Thing is though, one of them is helping. Big time.

Our little guy hasn’t had any pain episodes in almost a week! We added three new meds. One of them he’s going off of tomorrow because it’s hard on the kidneys (or should I say kidney). One of them is a new med for acid reflux. And one of them, that I think may be the magic pill, is Neurontin and it’s for neurological pain.

Last year at this time we were busy baking cookies. The year before I was all jazzed about the Jesse Tree. This Christmas I’m just thankful our little man seems to be getting a pain reprieve in time to celebrate Jesus’ birth. I am a Nurse-mom after all, so it makes sense that this is a big deal to me this year. And look, he is wearing Christmas jammies so we’re all good.


In the spirit of full disclosure he screamed all afternoon yesterday. So we had a good run. It ended right after I wrote this nice post about being pain-free.

May grace and peace be multiplied to you. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope.” – 1 Peter 1:3

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