Friday, March 27, 2009
Tag, Your It
I've been tagged by Dominica of Faces and Places in Antwerp; thank you Dominica. Here's how it goes: I have to post a photo of myself from 1 year ago, or 2 years if I can't find one.
This photo of me was taken with my grand daughter at the hospital when she was about 6 months old, she turned 2 in November. My grand daughter is my miracle baby. She was taken out of the womb at 32 weeks because she had completely stopped moving. Her intestines were not attached, and when she was born she was completely swollen and the skin on her stomach was black. There was very little hope that she would survive. She had a drain into a bag for her "waste", a tube in her chest for feeding, and a breathing tube down her throat. The breathing tube was very painful for her, and gagged her as well. My daughter stayed at the hospital with the baby day and night, while family members stayed at the Ronald McDonald House across the street. Thank God for that Ronald McDonald House, I don't know what we would have done otherwise because we live 2 hours away from the hospital. At the time of this photo, my grand daughter was still on the waste bag and feeding tube, but the breathing tube was removed and she was a lot more comfortable. She had a series of surgeries, 5 in all, over a year and a half. Besides the scar on her belly, you would never know what she's been through. We worked hard with her physical therapist and occupational therapist to get her mobile and able to do the things a child should do at her age. I am beyond grateful for the doctors who performed a miracle by keeping her alive, and for all of the "angel" nurses who were at our beck and call. She is the light of my life. She was born the year after my mom died, and was completely well at the end of the year my brother died. It's been a long road. But here we are, and we are happy, truly.
Now, dry your eyes and blow your nose, because I'm tagging Vic of What Were You Thinking?, and she is one funny lady.