Saturday, March 29, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
I shared in another post the young girl facing the loss of hair due to her chemotherapy. She has already decided not to worry but to get a cute wig. Yesterday, I sent a 15 year old boy suffering from Leukemia to surgery to get catheters placed for kidney dialysis. He is fighting a very aggressive cancer, has had a stem cell transplant and now he is in Kidney failure. His parents are a wreck. He is not. His comment on the way to the procedure was this. "If I don't come out of this, I want a shiny white casket and black satin on the inside. I mean it, don't try and fake me out with 100% cotton either, I want the satin. It will be more comfortable for the journey." And with that he waved as the doctor and tech pushed him into the operating room. He wasn't worried. He had a handle on life. He made the most of the moment. If that had been the last time he saw his parents, he would have seen them laughing. He brought joy to everyone around him at that moment, in the midst of our worry, and somehow it made us trust. Trust that no matter what happened, each of us who had seen that smile knew life would again be ok.
Think about it, maybe we should be more like our canine friends... worry alittle less, sleep alittle more, and love unconditionally.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Sunday, March 23, 2008
I have found another great site for parents similar to The Care Pages I have written about before. This site is CaringBridge.com. It is also a free site for parents to build a web page for their child who is going through a health crisis. This site can be used by adults who are suffering a health crisis as well. The site has educational resources for parents to tap into. There is a newsroom area where the reader can find what is new in the medical field and there is a page for personal stories of healing and success.
This kind of free service is so valuable to parents of children that have frequent medical admissions. The web site is a great place for parents to keep loved ones informed and to stay connected to the outside world. It offers family and friends a way to contact and give support to the parents and child without the burden of phones interrupting at a bad time.
If you have a moment, go to CaringBridge.com and explore the site. There you will find a brief video tour of what Caring Bridge offers. You will see for yourself how much difference a site like this for parents and children can make in the healing process.