Friday and Saturday were spent in sessions with topics ranging from advocating, preventing line complications, depression, pain management, transplants and so much more. Lots of fascinating new ideas and we have some questions to go ask back home, and a few new things to hopefully try out. In some ways, it was a bit frustrating, to see all the pumps and new technology that is available, and it seems that we, in Manitoba, are so far behind.
But the best part of the conference was the people we met. Other parents with kids on TPN, and adults who've been doing this for 20 or 30 years. A few of them I have been corresponding with on my internet TPN support group, so it was wonderful to put faces to names. But to just for a few days, feel like the "normal" ones when everyone is walking around with tubes and pumps was such a great experience. A few times Kailyn mentioned how neat it was to see kids like Noah, especially kids her age. To just be around families that "get it", without having to explain yourself...they've been there, done that...that was priceless. We will miss them and are already talking about how we will get to next years conference (it's in Florida, so we wouldn't mind that!)