Monday, December 27, 2010

Christmas Eve at the Hospital

Christmas Eve morning I got up and got everyone ready and loaded in the car so that we could all drive to the hospital and spend a little time together. Hunter's doctors had given him permission to leave the unit and we were able to take him to a family lounge (after I disinfected the surfaces of course). For as long as Drayken would let us, we hung out in the small room and unwrapped gifts.

Then this nice family showed up. Right after Hunter was diagnosed, Michael met the man in this photo on the elevator. His son had been in the hospital since March and had a very rare type of leukemia. He wasn't doing well. Shortly after that Michael learned that the son, Issac, had been taken to ICU. Issac passed away. Right before Christmas we received an email from Issac's sister, Susan. She was telling us about SMILE, a thing that they were doing in honor of Issac's memory. It seems he was always trying to make people smile. They can stumbled across Hunter's facebook page and wanted to know if there was anything in particular that they could bring him for Christmas. They were bringing gifts for all of the children in the hospital at Christmas but because of HIPA they couldn't find out details about those children. But because of Facebook, they did know about Hunter. We sent her Hunter's Lego wishlist.
Thank you Bode Family, for including us in your wonderful effort.

After the rest of the family went home, we had a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus. They were delivering gifts from Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, a tradition of theirs, apparently. These red dressed people sang "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" for Hunter as well :)

From what I understand there were wonderful things going on all around the hospital on Christmas Eve. I hope that next year we can bring some excitement to the place on Christmas day.

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