Tuesday, March 11, 2014
The past few months have been incredibly difficult due to the hospitalization of my son. You would think with a child in the ICU and sleeping on a hospital couch for most nights, I would have lost my mind by now, but that hasn't been the case. The biggest reason for the maintenance of my sanity has been having my wife by my side to keep me positive and grounded. I love her so much for being the driving force in balancing time spent with my daughter at home and making sure my son is getting the best possible care/treatment possible. Her birthday was this past Sunday, so I wanted to do something special for her to show her how much she means to me. I reached out to the awesome folks at Jokes 4 Miles, a terrific non-profit whom I had done a couple of my 366 Random Acts with before, and they helped me in the creation of my wife's present. So without further adieu, I present to you The Story of My Wife by No Direction.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
The picture you see is of a little boy who has been through a ton the past couple of months. This was taken while he was awake after being sedated and on a breathing machine. It shows that, regardless of everything that has happened to him (ventilators, surgeries, assorted procedures), he hasn't lost his smile. It is because of that smile that I am going to do everything I can to raise money for the hospital that has given him incredible care since the day he was born. In 2 days, I will be participating in the Chicago Dance Marathon to raise money for Lurie Children's Hospital. If you have the ability to donate, it is much appreciated. If not, please help by sharing, tweeting, emailing, etc. to anyone you know who may!
Sunday, February 16, 2014
My son is finally home, hopefully for good this time, after a lengthy stay at Lurie Children's Hospital due to a number of complications due to his 22Q Deletion Syndrome. The care that we received during our stay there was incredible, both from a medical standpoint and from the way the personal treatment of the doctors, nurses, social workers, and case managers. I could thank them every day for the rest of my life, and it wouldn't fully express the gratitude my wife and I have for their help. Since it would be difficult to say "thank you" to each person, I've decided to show my thanks the best way I know how, through an act of kindness. So on March 8th, I will be strapping on some comfortable shoes and an obnoxious outfit, and will dance for 13.1 straight hours for the The Chicago Dance Marathon benefitting Lurie Children's Hospital. All proceeds raised will go to the institution that helped my son, and so many other children across the Midwest and beyond. If you have the means, please donate to the cause here. If things are tight right now, please share on Facebook, Twitter, etc. Now I must work out my quads and hamstrings so I don't lock up while trying to pop N lock.