Tuesday, September 20, 2011

One Year

This was my girl, exactly one year ago this morning.
She played and played in her hospital room, using the bed as a jungle gym. It was very hard to tell how sick she was, but I could see it. I still can see it. She is very swollen in these pictures.

Then they gave her versed to calm her before going back to the OR. She laughed at her pacifier in her drugged up state.
One year ago today, I handed my baby over to the surgeons once again, not knowing what to expect.
At the end of the day, she looked so very good. 
 Look at that color!
 Look at that face! She was better!
And today! Today, the Dancing Queen is a big girl. She is goofy and crazy and giving me raspberries as I write this.

I love this girl and her mended heart. I am beyond grateful to Henry L Walters III, MD and the wonderful cardiovascular surgery professionals at Children's Hospital of Michigan, who saved her life many times.


Having a child with a CHD is like being given an extra sense---the true ability to appreciate life. Each breath, each hug, each meal is a blessing when you've watched your child live off a ventilator, trapped in an ICU bed, being fed through a tube. Each minute is a miracle when you've watched your child almost die and come back to you.
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