This morning, I loaded the kids up into the car to head to Grace's preschool. I turned on the radio to Country 105 and heard that they were doing their broadcast from the Alberta Children's Hospital. The Radiothon runs for the next few days, raising money for the hospital.
If you follow this blog, you will know Grace's story. She has been a patient at the hospital since she was just three months old. In August 2007 when her hemangioma burst, we rushed her to the emergency room. She was two weeks shy of her first appointment with the cleft lip palate and vascular birthmark clinic. The staff that night were supportive and loving. They listened and gave us information.
At first, we saw the clinic every 6 months and were assigned a pediatrician. They took my history, carefully monitored Grace's growth. When we go in for appointments, she is weighed and measured, and her hemangioma (singular now!) are photographed. She is now nearly 5, and we have seen the same nurses, photographer & surgeon the entire time.
Today, as I listen to the radio, I have also been watching Grace - talk, run, skip, play with her brother, and laugh. And I can't even express my gratitude for what this hospital, the staff that we see, have done for us, for her.
Hug your littles today and rejoice in their health. And, if you feel so inclined, donate to your local hospital. Every little bit helps make the littles who need their help, better.