Help for Gideon
My husband and I have two wonderful children, our youngest is Gideon. He just turned two and is as silly and rambunctious as can be. On tuesday my mama heart was shattered when we got a call from his daycare saying he had choked on a mango at snack and wasn't breathing, he was unresponsive and enroute to a nearby trauma center after performing CPR and back blows.
The medical and daycare staff was fast acting and his pulse never stopped but unfortunately he was unable to breath and in order to keep this little guy going they had to intubate him. The trauma center hooked him up to a ventilator and sedated him before transfering him to the PICU at a children's hospital.
My husband and I are crushed as we watch our playful, adventurous toddler lay in bed relying on the machines buzzing around him to keep him going. His MRI has showed no damage but after days his lungs are showing signs of trauma and inflammation from the event. His progress is very slow, but we are praying for a full recovery and that we will be able to look into his bright blue eyes soon.
We have had people ask how they can help or if they can donate so I have set this up for just that. We appreciate all the love, support, and prayers from everyone through these trying times. We aren't sure when this journey will be through so in the mean time we are asking for any help as we are missing work and covering expenses of our stay with our sweet son at the hosptial.
Thank you, and God bless.
His team is evaluating him today to determine a discharge timeline. They say that with his progress and behavior we could be home this evening, but his PT team has the final say. He is still very wobbly and unsure on his feet. So chances are we will be following up with PT after we leave.
This has been such an eye opening journey as a mother. Things can change in an instant, and it's easy to get side tracked by all of our everyday nonsense. If there is one thing I took from this that I want to share with everyone is cherish every moment and find good quality time for your loved ones matter what it takes.
Also, you are never alone. The people who have come together for this boy was so unbelievably moving. I never would have expected the amount of love and support we got. Strangers were reaching, parents from his daycare, his teachers, people from church, old family friends, and so on. We even had a nurse on our floor stop in because he had heard about Gideon over the weekend from someone and want to meet him.
Hug your babies tight, thank you all, and God bless.
He worked with a speech therapist and a physical therapist and though there is still work to be done he made some great progress. He got to drive around in a cozy cruiser for PT, he had so much fun. Walking is still very hard for him since he had been in bed for nearly a week.
He got to eat lunch and dinner today. So we are relearning how to eat and learning some patience since I have to feed him. I don't mind, but I don't move fast enough for him apparently. He is on soft foods for now, but he is doing good, and eating absolutely everything.
Tomorrow will be even better, and I can't wait.
They are still giving him antibiotics and steroids to fight the infection, but he is responding very well. We just met with a speech therapist who brought him some snacks to see how he would handle them. Needless to say he did great and was ready for them. So they are going to start bringing him food, which we are so excited about.
We even get to walk around the room now! So right now we are sitting on the couch cuddling and it feels so nice just to have him in my arms. He is a little grouchy right now but I think he is just getting tired of the doctors and wires and his hospital socks.