30 August 2007

There will be many doctors.

My wife was looking at the number of doctors we (and Abbe) have to deal with. And this is just counting the regular, recurring visits. On top of these, you have to add the doctors we have met after numerous nights at the Pediatric A&E. But it would be too complicated to include these as well.

So this will be a bit ‘tabloid-y’. "Abbe’s doctors – we have the whole list" Ok. You with me?

Cardiologist – Queen Silvia Children´s Hospital
Eye specialist – Queen Silvia Children´s Hospital
Ear Specialist – Sahlgrenska Hospital
Speech Therapist (speech) – Salhgrenska Hospital
Speech Therapist 2 (speech) – Rehabilitation in Alingsås
Doctors – Rehabilitation in Alingsås
Kidney doctor – Queen Silvia Children´s Hospital
Physiotherapist – Rehabilitation in Alingsås
22q11-specialist – Queen Silvia Children´s Hospital
Pediatric surgery – Our local council
Special Dentist – Dental Care - Salhgrenska Hospital
Dietist – Queen Silvia’s Children’s Hospital
Nutrition team (Speech Therapist/nutritionist/doctor) – Queen Silvia …
Psychologist/Doctor – BNK (Pediatric Neuropsychiatry)
Orthopaedic (guess we’re done now) – Queen Silvia …

Total: fifteen.

19 August 2007

Eeeeemiiiim, ömme onge.

You know, I don’t know what it is with Astrid Lindgren. Everytime I read one of her classics to the boys, or watch one of the films, I can’t help but crying a bit, on the quiet. They are so special. So much love and understanding.

And then they go and turn it all into a "theme park". I was sceptical. It must be crap. Pippi Longstocking masks made of plastic and Ronja burgers with Birk fries. Rubbish. However, after having heard enough friends saying how good it all was, we decided to give it a go. Abbe’s older brother is going through a true Emil-and-Pippi-period.

And here I have to concede. "Astrid Lindgren's World" is brilliant! We had a 2-day stay over, in a little cabin. An hour after our arrival the first day we were wondering how on earth we would manage to kill time here? But when we came back at the end of that day, we couldn’t see how we would be able to do all the things we wanted to do the following day.

The place is full of little plays and lots of music and songs (and we know all the songs). All the well-known places in Astrid’s books have been created to function both as stages for the play acting and as playgrounds. The food is ok-ish, but the children seem happy with that, too.

Now, the boys play Emil i Lönnerberga and Abbe is running around shouting "Eeeeemiiiim, ömme onge", the whole day. (From Emils dad who shouted "Emil, förgrrömmade onge", meaning "Emil outrageous kid")

Abbe crawls across on the plank between the shed and the larder at Katthult.
The Big brother became very small, at Nils Karlsson Pyssling’s place.
Abbe as Emil and his brother as Ida.