Every morning, we follow a routine to get Alphonse ready for the day. Part of this routine is taking his medications after breakfast. Even the order of his medicines has been planned to get him to swallow his pills and capsules first before we shift to those that need to be chewed, such as his supplements.
Every morning, this is our dialogue:
Me: This is your first medicine. It is yellow and small. Are you ready?
Alphonse: Ha! (Which means “yes.”)
I put the yellow pill on his tongue and he dry swallows it. He takes a sip of water afterwards.
Me: This is your second medicine. It is pink. Your Mama’s name is Pinky. Pink color and Mama Pinky!
Alphonse: Ha! (Which means “yes,” again.)
Mama: Are you ready for the second medicine?
Alphonse: Ha! (Which means “hurry up and give it to me already!”😜)
I hand him the second one and he dry swallows again. Sometimes I have to remind him to take a sip of water to wash it down.
Me: Please drink your water.
Alphonse obediently takes a short sip. Then he opens his mouth to show me there is no pill inside.
Alphonse: Ha! (Which means “Look! It’s all gone!”)
Mama: Wow! You did that very well! Thank you for taking your medicine.
We do this until we finish all his morning medications, eight all in all, including chewable supplements.
At the end, I ask him if he remembers his Mama’s name.
Me: Alphonse, do you remember my name, baby? I told you my name at the start.
Alphonse: (pauses to think, then smiles broadly) Ha!
Mama: Okay, big boy. I know you’re smart. What’s your Mama’s name?
Alphonse: (takes a deep breath, then shrieks) Mama!!!
What a smart boy I have! 😂