Anyone who knows me will tell you I’m passionate about two things in life: My family and the care my son receives at Florida Hospital for Children in Orlando. We spend a great deal of time at the hospital — both inpatient and outpatient… Continue Reading “Pushing for family-centered hospital care”
It’s that time of year, and J.P. appears to be battling something just as cold and flu season arrives. Just before I was supposed to wake up and run Wednesday morning, J.P. could be heard over his monitor, and he just didn’t sound right.… Continue Reading “To hospital or not to hospital?”
Believe it or not, J.P. was back at the hospital Wednesday after going 20 hours without a wet diaper. I’ve learned from my many hospital stays that you can tell nurses about many issues with a child, but nothing seems to be taken as… Continue Reading “Diaper trouble prompts change in plans”
J.P. was discharged from Florida Hospital for Children on Monday after spending four days there with a gastrointestinal bug. It was the second hospitalization within a week. He was first admitted May 10 which led to surgery to repair his shunt. It all happened… Continue Reading “J.P. is home”
I think the past two weeks have caught up with me just as I headed back to work Sunday morning. There was the preparation for our team training at Canine Companions for Independence even before that, but the studying and classes and then three… Continue Reading “Long day brings welcome news”
There was plenty of laughter and tears at the graduation ceremony for Canine Companions for Independence at SeaWorld on Saturday. Puppies were given awards, and 12 recipients received their dogs in front of a crowd of more than 1,000 people. It was an emotional ceremony… Continue Reading “Celebrating canine commencement”
It was an exciting Friday as team training at Canine Companions for Independence drew to a close. The day began with a grooming session for Karina in preparation for Saturday’s graduation at SeaWorld. The 11 recipients and their families attended a luncheon with the… Continue Reading “Getting to know our puppy raiser”
I’m disappointed. I’m really disappointed. I’m sad. I’m worried. I’m envious. I’m tired. I’m wondering how what I had hoped would be a bucket-list experience was decimated before my very eyes. At the same time, I’m thankful to the entire staff at Canine Companions… Continue Reading “Disappointment abounds”
J.P. tolerated his feeds well and was able to be discharged Wednesday afternoon. It was a really interesting day because Karina was able to spend the day with J.P. in his hospital room. I was very happy with the way she behaved in the… Continue Reading “Karina visits J.P. before discharge”
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