To Someone I Don't Really Know
A man in the office where I'm currently assisting just became a daddy. His new little boy is having lots of trouble with his liver and may need to return to the hospital for more tests to determine the problem. I don't know him well and he doesn't really know me but I hear him talking about his little guy and the fear in his voice. Regardless I felt I had to send him a little note today and I really hope I didn't over step my boundaries... Your opinions are appreciated.
I know that you don’t know me as you do the others but I wanted to share something with you in hopes that it gives you comfort.
My middle child, Joey, was born a month early. It broke my heart when they ran him to the NICU for his week long stay. All the tubes and tests and having to leave the hospital without my little man just made me feel empty. Then suddenly he gained a little weight and he got to come home and made it over that hurdle. Of course once at home he was on additional meds for his hypocalcaemia and had to go to a specialist… and one day the meds stopped as he jumped that hurdle. From there it was asthma and apnea, machines to help him breathe… and he jumped. He wasn’t speaking at three and I arranged for therapy classes, the psychologists said he was autistic and I got him into a special education program. My little man is now 4 1/2, he takes Tae Kwon Do, has been riding two wheel bikes since the age of 2 ½ (on the trail even), still has a few things to slow him down but for every step back he’s taking five forward. He’s jumping those hurdles in leaps and bounds as will your little man. They look so tiny but they have so much fight.
Keep smiling, keep looking up and keep watching him jump…
*Had to revisit this story when I found these pics, before and after*
(if 'after' picture works)