Sunday, December 28, 2008

Every parent's worst nightmare...

We had a rough November. My 3 year old got a bad case of pneumonia, and was hospitalized in CHEO for just over two weeks. The whole experience was a nightmare, because seeing your child so sick is the most hopeless feeling ever. This was his third time in CHEO - the first two times were for a UTI that required IV antibiotics, etc. so we were sadly familiar with 4 East at CHEO. This time, my son needed surgery - yes, surgery... he got complications from the pneumonia, plural iffusion and he needed to be operated on. The Doctors and nurses were amazing, so I am thankful for that - (one of his friend's dad was his surgeon, actually!) but the many hours spent in that hospital room were very sad. After surgery, my son had a chest tube remain in him for 4 days to continue draining the fluid... he had an oxygen mask, IV's, everything... countless x-rays, ultrasounds and even a C/T scan. We lived through it, but it was something I hope to God we never have to go through again. I can say this, though - my son was the bravest, strongest child ever! I want to write a longer post about our experience, but I have no time now... hopefully soon I can get the full story out... for now, though, I am thankful that he is 100% better - our follow-up Doctor appointments have been going well, and he is totally fine and will have no long term effects from this ordeal and illness, thank God.

A quick little update!



Christmas 2008 has come and gone, and it was such a wonderful, memorable, merry Christmas! There is nothing as wonderful as seeing Christmas through the eyes of a child... my 3 year old loved everything about it, especially singing Christmas carols... and of course all the presents! Yes, Santa was great this year as usual! My baby also loved unwrapping all the presents! Here are some pictures...









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