Back in April, when Jake was going through a very difficult time and seizing 100-200 times a day, we had to stay in the hospital for a week and 1/2.
It started out as simply an overnight stay so I thought.
A day grew into 3 more days, which turned into a week, which turned into more days.
I will not complain, as that week, seemed to "fix" Jake.
"Fix," totally, no.
But "fix" from seizing more than he wasn't, YES!!!
While we were there, I tried to keep Jake busy, so he wouldn't go crazy and most importantly so I , nor the nurses, would murder him.
10 days in a hospital with a 4 year old on drugs is not pleasant.
Jake and I took many wagon rides round the hospital, to different floors, the lobby and the prayer garden.
On one trip, Jake was asked to be allowed to be photographed. I obliged, as it is the very least we could do for the compassion, kindness, warmth, and knowledge Cook Children's has given us.
Last week while at our regular scheduled appt., Dr. Hernandez informed me that the Marketing team was outside and wanted to do a video and more pictures with Jake!
I am unsure, how that really went down, but I like to say that they knew Jake was there and wanted him for the pictures. So they took a video of Jake getting a "fake" immunization. They also took several still photos as well.
Ironically, The always active and never sit still boy, was dumbfounded. He did not say a word, which was alright as it will be recorded over, but appeared to be almost shy!
Turns out, the child was disappointed, yes disappointed and upset, that he received a fake shot and not the real deal!
The kid LOVES shots!
The other day I told Jake he had to go get blood dawn and he shot the BIGGEST smile and exclaimed "DaDAY?!" (today) I said yes, if he went to bed and napped real good! he immediately went to sleep, and the first thing he said upon waking was, "Can we go?!"
The lab techs, didn't believe me that he would be ok getting blood drawn. Therefore, they brought in the masses to try and hold him down.
The child extended his arm, asked to tie the rubber band to make the veins appear, and even "slapped" at his arm to make the veins appear.
They inserted the needle to draw the blood and the kid laughed! The techs were amazed! or maybe even appalled!:-)
Here are some photos from the first marketing event!
" in the end it's not the years in your life that count, but the life you put into those years."
God Bless~ Christine