As the Day Went By (a book excerpt)…

As the day went by, Haylie was obviously more and more distressed.  She was whimpering and, as evening came on, she began to shiver.  Little shivers that grew more intense.  This was totally disconcerting, especially because there was nothing I could do but to report it to the nurse, who was not as concerned about it as I was.  The incubator was temperature controlled and she assured me that everything was ok.  Then why is my baby shivering?  Continue reading

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Two Nights Later (a book excerpt)…

Two nights later, we had a very bad night, the worst one yet. I was getting used to waking every three hours to feed Haylie and change her diaper, but I was new at this and sometimes it was a little rough. Tuesday night, though, was terrible. Haylie was crying more than usual and louder than usual. It wasn’t quite the “I’m hungry” cry, and it wasn’t quite 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

The story I must tell…

I’ve been friending up on Facebook lately. I was at a writer’s conference a few months ago where I learned that if you want to publish a book, and actually sell that book, you need a platform. And social media is where it’s at. Since I’m usually a bit of a social media hermit, I started adding folks like crazy. I mean, what good is launching a book if nobody knows about it? As the new Continue reading