7 days of gratitude – day 4

[ I realize this should be day 5 but my sister got married over the weekend so I got caught up!!!! ] 

I think I make it pretty clear how much I absolutely love Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.  Love isn’t even the right word to describe how I feel towards the nurses, doctors, surgeons and staff.  Simply put – Bea would not be here today without the outstanding care she received and still receives.  

We have seen about every inch of that hospital and there hasn’t been one department that has disappointed.  The doctors have just as great bedside manner as they do intellect and every staff member greets you with a huge smile and a helping hand.

We are BEYOND fortunate to live in the same city as one of the top 3 pediatric hospitals in the country and they will forever have a supporter, volunteer, and cheerleader in me and my family.

SO – our 4th day of gratitude goes to them.  It goes to every nurse we stayed up late chatting to, every surgeon we’ve trusted Bea’s life with, every patient ultrasound technician, everyone we’ve met who I  , and the #1 home healthcare nurse in the business.  

We love you.  We honor you. and we think of you….more than often.

The nurses and staff of A4N…most of which got me through this tough time.  You stayed up late with us talking about normal things and at most points made me enjoy my overnights at the hospital 🙂  Jordan made fun of me because I referred to you as “my friends” but I truly felt that way!

Vicki in recovery.  I don’t even know if you read this or how I would ever get in touch with you but when Bea came out of each biopsy, you were there with a smiling face and a reassuring smile.  It meant the world to us.

Happy Patty from Child Life.  I know you’ve since moved on to another hospital but just your presence put us at ease.

The nurse that wheeled me back before surgery – you were so upbeat for it being so early and had an incredibly positive attitude.  You started the day off on the right foot.

Julie – our home healthcare nurse.  You were like a best friend to me throughout the weeks post transplant.  You came to our home 2 times a week to wrestle our little noodle down and change her central line dressing, draw blood, and just talk me through everything.  You are a star and an incredible sounding board.  You saw me during my worst days and you helped me through.  Your friendship and kindness will stay with me always.  Cincinnati Children’s is lucky to have you.

Our surgeons – Dr Tiao (who I love and admire), Dr Alonso (who I hope I don’t scare out of the neighborhood :)), Dr Ryckman (who was one of the founders of the liver programs at Childrens and flew up from Florida for our surgery), and Dr Nathan (who I met right before the big day and he seemed amazing).  It goes without saying but without you – we would have waited and waited and waited.  You helped us take a chance and your precision and thoroughness in that operating room is why Bea is thriving today.  You are beyond talented.

Research Team – all that you do – the hours you put in to find a cure for a disease for OTHERS is just mind blowing to me.  You dedicate your nights, your weekends and in some cases your holidays to better the lives of others.  I am ultimately impressed by you.

The Fixer!  Prepared us, calmed us, answered our questions, and was always on it for everything.  Without you, I would have been a crazy person (I probably still was) but we love you dearly. 

Dr Campbell – you get your own post later this week 🙂

And to all others that helped us in the marketing department, the social media team, the development team, those we saw in cardiology, those who took care of us in the PICU, the transport team, the ultrasound team, the sewing staff, The Mixer, Teresa, etc.

Most of you will never even know this post exists but I just have to put it out in the universe that I love you and am forever grateful to you.  

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#BEAstrong

Hillary

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