Alex and Maddy

Alex and Maddy

Monday, December 19, 2011

One Year....

One year ago today we walked into a nightmare that I will never forget. One year ago today, I watched my baby spike a fever, start hallucinating, having seizures, bleeding and winding up on a ventilator over the course of a few hours. It was the scariest day of my life, a day that I can still picture so vividly in my mind.


I can not believe it has been a year. In some ways it seems so much longer and in some ways it seems like just yesterday. This last year we have seen some major changes in our care for Alex and we have seen him blossom in so many ways. In my mind, December 19th will always be Alex's second birthday. So many angels were at work on this day a year ago to work and keep my sweet boy safe so he could be with us longer. I will forever be grateful to the staff at Cook Children's hospital who worked so incredibly fast to get Alex airlifted to Houston. Once we arrived n Houston, Esther, one of our "regular" nurses quickly recognized that Alex was not well. The residents on call, Dr. Nguyen and Dr. Doan were two who know us extremely well and made the immediate decision send him to the PICU. To Dr. Pacheco and Dr. Koenig who were in constant communication making sure everyone knew exactly what needed to be done and what Alex's history is. And finally to Dr. Thapar, the PICU attending who was by Alex's side for hours and acted quickly and aggressively to save Alex's life. I am blessed every day with the joy of being a mother to this amazing boy. What a gift I have been given!


Alex at the beach in Half Moon Bay


Alex and his best friend, Walker

What a difference a year makes!


I have been quiet over the last few weeks...After returning from Stanford, I came down with a sinus infection and asthma flare that left me without a voice for a week and still recovering 2 weeks later! I am FINALLY starting to feel better. After a rough few days, Alex and I got back into the swing of our regular schedule. We have been hard at work at school and therapy. We have been preparing for Christmas. We had a fun 2 week visit with Grandpa. We are looking forward to having Mimi and PopPop with us for Christmas. We have enjoyed having Daddy home from work for a few days. Alex continues to do well on his EPI-743 and SCIG. Overall, things are going well.

At this time of year, I am especially grateful for the incredible friends and family who walk this incredible journey with us. Those of you who share in our joys and carry us through our sorrows. We are so thankful for the blessing you are in our lives.
Ali


1 comment:

  1. What a marvelous miracle you have witnessed, and THANK YOU for sharing it with us!!!!!

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