There are times in life where the words, “Thank you,” are so insufficient in their ability to convey the level of gratitude you have for someone or a group of people based on what they have done for you. Today is one of those days.
Just under two weeks ago, I put up my I’ve stepped out for awhile, but you’re in very good hands post here on the blog to let you know that I was exercising the true meaning of work/life balance and stepping away to give my full attention to my oldest daughter and family in a time of need. In short form:
What we would come to find out 24 hours later is, that hit actually saved our daughter’s life. As they were diagnosing the concussion, they discovered a pre-existing condition which was causing an incredible amount of internal pressure (which was increasing) on her brain, and which would have claimed her life within days had we not found it. During these past two weeks, she has now undergone four brain surgeries, two of which were emergency life-saving surgeries, and my wife and I have been living at the hospital with her.
We still have a long road ahead of us in the treatment of the underlying cause of the situation; however, she is out if immediate danger and gets to rest at home for several weeks before we go back and learn what the next chapter of this story will entail.
The unbelievable amount of support, well wishes, prayers, emails, CaringBridge posts, voicemails, cards, texts, DMs, etc., from literally around the world, that you all (partners, co-workers, friends, family, etc.) have shared during this time with my family and me has been beyond words, and I cannot thank each and every one of you enough. I truly cannot put my gratitude into words.
So as I ease my way back into work and start sifting through the literally 3/4 GB+ of email sitting in my inbox, if there is something pressing that you have sent my way over the past two weeks, please know that I have seriously been completely unplugged during this. As such, if it is urgent, please resend it to me as you can be pretty sure I have not seen it; otherwise, I will be making my way through all of the stuff waiting for me here in the office and will get back to you as I work through it all.
Thank you all again for the unbelievable amount of support and understanding you have shared during the past two weeks. It means more than words can express.
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Please add 11 more prayers to you and your family ( from my family and all our pets);
Wow, how serendipitous and I'm so glad your little girl is doing ok. We just went through some major health issues with my little girl this year so I know how tough it can be. Hopefully everything still works out for best and you keep the focus on where it really matters.
You have my prayers but it sounds like you had divine intervention already. Tell her you love her everyday as you have been given a second opportunity for a reason. I was not as lucky as I lost my oldest son suddenly 3 months ago and would give anything to have found the problem before it took his life but it was not meant to be.
Eric, we have a child with post-concussion syndrome, a child with seizure disorder, and other medical issues...I know how it is.
Great to hear your daughter is okay!
Also nice to see our "inside guy" at MS will be back on the job :)
@ Jim - Thank you very much. Believe me, we'll take prayers from all at this time, including the pets. :-)
@ Sean - Thank you. I hope your little girl is doing better as well. It is events like this that really put things into perspective and make you reflect on the little and big thing in life.
@ Charles - Thank you for the prayers as all are more than welcomed. Yes, we are so grateful for the second chance that we almost didn't have that we can't even put it into words. I am very sorry to hear about the tragic loss of your son earlier this year. My sincerest condolences to you and your family. While we didn't experience the loss of a child, there were several times these past two weeks that we thought we had/would that I can only imagine your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as well.
@ Greg - Best wishes to you and your family as you travel your medical journey with your children as well. Yes, I'll be working my way back in, with a few more times away for the future treatments, etc. that will be coming down the line once the final diagnosis and treatment plan are determined. Looking forward to re-connecting with everyone again.
It's amazing how what seems sometimes to be a (terrible) situation can lead to an excellent outcome. Its not good to find out *any* of what you've had to find out, however the timing *really* couldn't have been better. The soccer injury was a "fortunate coincidence" which is rarely the case.
All the best for you and your family - especially for your daughter. Take the time necessary to ensure your family is taken care of - they are WAY more important than work.
Did you send flowers to the girl who ran into your daughter? She deserves some thanks, too. :)