This weekend I have been dealing with one sick kiddo. The stomach flu has taken over our house and frankly, it sucks. My days have consisted of watching my baby girl cry because she feels so miserable, cooling her fevered forehead with cloths, and feeding her ice chips to combat fever and dehydration. Nights have been reserved for holding her hair when she is sick, trying to comfort her and telling her she really is okay. Other then that…feeling sort of useless. It’s awful when your wee one is sick and you can do nothing to help. Logically, I know this is only a tummy bug and in 24 to 48 hours all will be well. Illogically I find myself in tears thinking about an overwhelming, inspiring and completely eye opening tour I just took this past week.
On Friday I was given the very unique opportunity to tour our local Children’s Hospital. For almost three hours I walked the halls with two exceptional tour guides. They showed me the inner workings of this state of the art hospital, threw more stats at me then I will ever remember and forced me to think about children in a way I don’t enjoy. Children who are ill, babies fighting for their lives, and thankfully the little miracles that do and can occur every day.
Haunting me is the image of a tiny girl with wispy blonde hair, light up shoes and a tentative smile. She was quietly treading down a very long hall. This hall was in the Oncology Unit. Behind this darling trailed her stoic yet gently smiling parents and two giant IV stands. I didn’t take her picture, I didn’t have to. I will never forget her sweet face.
Belonging to only one of the many miracles being lovingly tended to in the NICU that day.
It is for these miracles, these miracle moments, for these children that I am throwing everything I have into the MiracleMoms campaign. Ten bloggers from across the United States and Canada are banding together to bring to you just a few of the incredible stories that occur in your local hospitals every day. We are each setting up our own donation pages and we are asking you to join us as we become MiracleMoms raising funds to help all of these families and children as they face the fights of their life. As they become the next incredible success story.
Money raised goes directly to local hospitals for much needed services like Art Therapy, Child Life Rooms, and of course state of the art equipment.
Over the next month and a half I will have the privilege of introducing you to an incredible family and will help to tell their unique story. My pledge, to honour their story and to try and raise $1,000.00 to help Children’s Miracle Hospitals and Children’s Miracle Network.
MiracleMoms will make a difference.
Find my donation page here. Thank you. xoxo