Lots of news the past few days...TEN appointments in two days. I was pretty impressed that we fit it all in and did so well! But I only have a few minutes to post this morning. So let's just get to the good stuff...yummy food. :)
Yep, we scored. We were at Children's for "Appetizer Tuesday"...mozzarella sticks, chicken wings, jalapeno poppers, the works!
I wasn't even really hungry but just had to share the magical day with Mr. Max. :) (It's the lil' things in life that make memories, right?)
Every time I am in that cafeteria, so many memories flood back. I'm sure it happens to so many other parents too. When you have a child seriously ill in the hospital and you take the time to sit in the cafeteria, it's a very surreal experience. Here you are eating amongst all these people...no one realizing your child is on life support upstairs...and life simply goes on. You look around wondering what others are experiencing that day. You want to give support to others but you are so empty. You wonder if life will ever be normal again. You wonder if your child will ever be healthy enough to experience a cafeteria lunch (I know that seems silly, but I do remember questioning and hoping for that!).
And there we were...me and my son enjoying lots of fried yummy appetizers. Dreams do come true, don't they? :)
* ADDED BONUS: I ran into Dr. Tom Brogan, one of my all time favorite doctors from Max's most difficult time in the PICU. Without a doubt, he played a pivotal role in helping save Max's life. It was wonderful to be able to express to him how very important he was to Max, me and my family. His bedside manner, his desire to go above and beyond, his passion and love for children, and his medical expertise...amazing, truly amazing! I will always remember there was a week that I was particularly concerned/frustrated about the lack of coordinated care among the specialties. He immediately stepped in and took over as "Team Coordinator" even though he wasn't even on duty that week (and is one of the head clinical directors in that unit). It was wonderful and provided much relief to all of us. Thank you Dr. Brogan for all that you do.