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We are home. Finally. Ethan still isn't back to himself but time is the only thing which will help us get him as close as possible to where he was before all this started. So we could either stay in the hospital or go home and get on as best we can with our lives. Ethan is taking tomorrow off form school and will be returning on Thursday. We are hopeful that we now have him on the right medication ,we just need to find that magic balance ...the timing sucks however, with the 'most wonderful time of the year' just around the corner. But we are extremely grateful to have Ethan with us and out of the hospital obviously. Thank you all so much for the supportive ,kind hearted messages , emails, phonecalls and texts over this past week , particularly. It hasn't been easy and I am sure we aren't out of the woods yet ; but we are hopeful that we may be close to the edge of that wood at least. Again only time will tell. On a happier note yesterday the Connacht Rugby team stopped by Ethans room just to say hello !! And some Elves stopped by today to give Ethan a gift and to pass a message onto him form the man in red himself ! A picture of "It's Me & Ethan" laughing with the rugby team - thank you to the rugby lads here ,the elves and the amazing,kind nurses,doctors and dinner ladies who really looked after Ethan and as usual made sure his Mammy got enough food,coffee, breaks and even a few hugs πŸ˜‰πŸ˜˜πŸ˜˜πŸ˜˜ #bloveethan #itsmeandethan

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Christmas has come early in our house 😍

The lights are up, the tree decorated and as my middle guy likes to say "The fairy has come and puked all over the house "πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜‰

It's true. The house does look like a fairy puked all over it which is unusual for our little family.

Let me explain - years ago Ethan would be so excited for Christmas that as soon as he saw a decoration ( in early November) he'd ask every single day "Santa coming tomorrow" .

I'll be honest ; it used to wreck my head. I'd spend weeks showing him how long away it was to Christmas using a handmade calendar ; when I thought he had understood me, he'd turn and ask "Santa coming ?" πŸŽ…

Slowly he began to forget about the build up but always always used to get so excited as soon as I'd decorate, which I left until at least the 12th of December 😱

Last year , I walked the length and breath of the town looking for a Santa teddy in October because I needed to see how our Christmas would more than likely be like.

Ethan didn't care for the teddy and had zero reaction - I do see the irony too , years I spent hiding Christmas from him to going out searching for Christmas in October 😬

I had prepared myself for the first Christmas that Ethan wouldn't be excited.

As Christmas approached Ethan spent more and more time in hospital and disappearing right in front of our eyes .

Last Christmas was one of the hardest Christmas we have ever had, when I see the pictures of Ethan my heart beats faster as I know how dark my thoughts were back then.

What difference does a year make ?

A huge difference 😎

This year a fairy has come in and decorated the house from top to bottom as the fairy's eldest son is back wishing everyone he meets a "MERRY CHRISTMAS" and he is even reminding us that "SANTA" is coming 😍😍

I have tried every trick in the book to video him but I can'tπŸ€” I do laugh when he refuses to "perform" as it reminds me of the Ethan of years ago - if he acted out ,I'd get the camera ,pretend to record and watch as he went from a little s*it to a smiling Angel in seconds πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

For now all I have are photos of a smiling boy who is loving Christmas and who has made my Christmas wish come true - I can hear his voice again 😍

His school teacher and I are worried about what will happen after Christmas but I guess we will introduce Valentine's Day as that too was a big hit with Ethan πŸ€”πŸ˜‰πŸ˜

It really is the little things in life . ..never forget that as I have often done 😐

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  1. Did you ever find out what the canteen lady’s name was? I have 2 aunts who work there and was just wondering if it was one of them. Because the way you describe her sounds like them both. But all the staff are so kind and get little or no recognition for the job they do. So from myself and the many times I’ve spent overnight with my 3 boys (ESPECIALLY my eldest son now 18) thank you ladies from the bottom of my heart xxxx

    1. Hey Suzanne! Yes I did indeed. Nora is the lovely ladies name! Yoou’re absolutley right, there are many amazing ladies and gents working there, that’s for sure. Thank you so much for taking the time to get in contact. Wishing you and your boys well x

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