A mom's heart
As a mom, my kids are some of the people that are most important to me in the world. From the sweet smiles, to their heartwarming hugs to their giggles that make me grin... being a mom is amazing, however sometimes being a mom is scary. I have handed my babies over to surgeons many times, I hate that dreaded hallway from the pre op rooms to the waiting room. I have sat in many doctors appointments where the news we got was not the news we wanted. I know the tricks of living in the hospital, where to find the best coffee, the hours of places to find food, how to get the TV to work, what level of the parking garage to park on, and tips you learn from spending a lot of time in the hospital. I see medical staff more often than I do most of my family and friends. Security guards joke with me in the hallways and I laugh with the IR staff about how fashionable the outfits we have to wear are. I am a medical mom.
Being a medical mom to two kiddos bring some long days, however though this journey we have also met some amazing people and many of those people are at CHW. For doctors who take the time to get to know my kids personally, to medical staff that has not been afraid to form relationships with us instead of just seeing us as another person in an exam room... To floor nurses and doctors who listen to us and value us as a part of our children’s' medical team... To the child life staff that makes all of it easier on our hearts, especially the art and music therapy staff who can make my kids smile even in the midst of really hard days... To the gift store staff that is kind to me as I am buying yet another Mylar balloon (thank goodness they are not latex!) to reward my kiddo for working hard... To the staff that makes my coffee to help me stay awake... To the ER staff who works quickly to help my kids when we need it most....
Thank you to each and every one of you. We can never say thank you enough but we participate in Brigg's and Al's run/walk as a way to say thank you and to give back for all that you do.
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