A Second Homecoming…

So, within our first few days in the ICU, we knew that the meningitis had caused extensive brain damage.  And we knew that she was mostly out of the woods.  In other words, she wasn’t going to die.  But there were still many unknowns and a long course of antibiotics to complete to ensure the infection would not return.

The three weeks we spent at Riley Children’s Hospital went slowly by.  It was a lot of long days by Haylie’s bedside, punctuated with bits of drama Continue reading

That ambulance went screaming away into the night…

Recall that Haylie came down with spinal meningitis at just twelve days old and was rushed away to Riley Children’s Hospital in the middle of the night to try and save her life.  The ambulance driver had distinctly told my stepdad not to try to keep up with him.  He advised John to follow the speed limit, and Continue reading

On with the tale I must tell…

Haylie was born just after midnight on Saturday, July 24th. We went home the very next day around dinner time. I wanted to spend as little time as possible in that hospital. Along with my newborn, I left with a prescription for a course of antibiotics as well. The long difficult labor had resulted in a urinary tract infection that was found when they checked my cautiously delivered urine sample that morning. Continue reading

Letting go of labels…

Since publishing my blog with the story about my daughter Haylie overcoming her brain injury, I have been approached by readers for all sorts of reasons – people looking for more information, people seeking hope and inspiration for their effective work with their own hurt kids, people congratulating us, people wondering how on earth that could really be possible, and people who Continue reading