Our son Rowan left this world December 15th, 2016 at the age of ten years old. In those 10 years, he spent a third of his life in the hospital including his last 6 months, as he went through 2 bone marrow transplants in a row. He taught us so many lessons through his life long battle though. He was tough as nails, with a heart of gold, and the faith of 100 men combined. Not a day went by that he didn't say "I love my life!" And he truly meant it.
"Our Little Trooper"
"Let me live, that I may praise you!" Psalm 119:175
Friday, October 26, 2012
Someday we'll all be better...even me!
As you may know, Rowan is back in the hospital again, this time fighting something in his cerebrospinal fluid. He started running fevers, losing all his hair and had major swelling to the back of his head/neck.
Here is just a portion of what he has gone through in a little less than 48 hours:
Rushed to the er with 103.2 fever and swelling of the head and neck
Brain CT scan
Repeat Brain CT scan with contrast
Shunt Series of Xrays
Multiple Hematology Labs
Vitals taken every 2 to 4 hours
Surgery (#54) to tap and drain off csf fluid from incision at base of his skull
Fluid leaking from his head
14 rounds of heavy iv antiobiotic infusions
Pain levels of 7-10
Extreme nausea and feeding issues
Neuro exam after neuro exam
Doctor after Doctor coming in to examine him
Specialist after Specialist coming in to consult
etc, etc, etc...
And he goes down in the morning for surgery #55.
Sounds like a lot right? Would probably get you down or make you feel sorry for yourself right? Not Rowan, never Rowan.
I had to tell him today that a friend of ours lost their sister this morning, to a battle with Cancer. He immediately said, "She's in a better place than we are...and now all her dreams can come true!" Then tears welled up in his eyes and he said "I'm making mySELF cry! ...But happy tears. I'm happy for her. She's better now. Someday we all will be. Even me!"
Yes, sweet Rowan...Someday we all will be better...even you! Someday you won't have to go through all this pain and trauma. For now, you continue to make me feel better every single day!
Here is a highlight from today...a special visit from his best therapy dog friend, Cindy...true love!