It's been a very scary time for our family, especially not knowing all of the "why" of what led up to everything, because the one person who could give us all those answers, can NOT give them to us, because due to his disabilities, he can not speak. We know he was hurt while out with his special day program where he apparently took a bad fall. We know it was not reported to anyone until bruises and then huge hematomas were found all up down down his left leg from his foot to his hip. And after the long, difficult hospitalization and the immense battery of tests this poor kiddo has been put through, we know, according to the admitting physician, that in the end, QUOTE, "This must have been an extraordinarily big fall and he has sustained a great deal more trauma than was ever reported to you." End QUOTE. Certainly the trauma was enough for his body to fight soooo hard that he became suddenly and very dangerously anemic--his hemoglobins dropped to half of what they're supposed to be and because of that, he had to have emergency blood transfusions. (Unfortunately, there was no time for any of us in his family to donate our own blood to him, which we would have preferred. In fact he has a rare blood type that they didn't even store in the hospital and that they had to have delivered from the Blood Bank.)
He was found to have extra axial fluid around his face and eyes, which also reflects a great deal of trauma, but luckily the trauma appeared to be mostly around the face & orbital areas and there was no brain bleed, which is what was initially feared. (So now we're left trying to figure out how a fall at the City Library could cause all these different injuries on separate parts of his body!!??) Finding out about the axial fluid around his face, while terrifying, helped to answer our questions as to why the entire area around his eyes was sooo black--he literally looked like a raccoon--not bruised, but almost looked as if someone had taken a very dark eye shadow and applied it under, over and all around the sides of each of his eyes. It was terrifying to see. And of course because he couldn't understand why everything was being done "to him", he continually fought the I.V.s by pulling them out, plus the catheter (ouch, poor guy!) , not to mention all the many, very difficult tests that he had to end up sedated for, because he would not/could not cooperate, because he simply didn't understand.
I know many of you have expressed your concern for him, for me and for the rest of my family. I thank all of you, because I really have felt your prayers and your kind words have given me strength throughout. Our son continues to improve and I continue to ask the hard questions, as uncomfortable as they may be for the parties who were responsible for him when these injuries occurred. It is the scariest thing for a parent of a disabled kiddo, no matter if they're 3 years old, or 30 years old, when they can not speak. You are constantly worried about what could be happening to them, and you're scared that they're unable to articulate or report any of it to you in any fashion. This has played into one of my greatest nightmares I've always had concerning him. (Imagine having a perpetual baby and all the fears that go with that!)
I soooo appreciate the patience and the incredible loyalty of my amazing customers, who allowed me the extra time I needed during this hospitalization and were willing to wait an extra day or two for their orders if necessary. Thank you so very much for your understanding and patience.
Now, if it weren't enough that our son was injured and hospitalized, we also found out in the last week that our beloved family dog, our precious little Brussels Griffon, Gucci has Cushings Disease. We're now awaiting the results of another blood test that will tell us which form of Cushings Disease she has. Of course, a dog can not ever compare to a child, but I have to tell you, this darling dog has wrapped herself around my heart like no other pet I've ever had and she is absolutely a huge comfort to me when I'm sad or upset about something--in fact, she reads me like a book!! So on those days when I feel the weight of the world on my shoulders, she is the one thing that can always brighten my day; she somehow always manages to comfort me with her unconditional love. So finding out that she has a disease which will require life-long treatment (and the medications have their own bad effects!!) just broke my heart. I gave a look up at the heavens and asked just how much was I expected to shoulder all at once, because over these past few weeks, I have really worried that I could collapse under the weight of it all!!! But then, like Moms everywhere, I take a deep breath and soldier on, because that's what we do.
Just to let everyone know, now that our son is on the mend, I am also getting back to life "as normal" and I'm trying to get caught up with everything (including blogging!!), and to get back to "business as usual" for my craft business. In the meantime, there's been a great deal of products (ordered at CHA) arriving here, so I really am trying to get back to business as usual, so we can move this inventory!!
All the new Spellbinders releases from CHA arrived quite a while ago and I have all of them. The new Ranger Distress Inks are here, and many of the new Tim Holtz Alterations dies are trinkling in daily (but we're all still waiting on his embossing folders!!!). And of course, the new Zutter tools have arrived, so I have the new Zutter Kutter, as well as the fabulously helpful (and really cool!!) Distrezz-it-All (DIA), not to mention many different covers, page protectors, corner rounders/Round-it-Alls, Bind-it-Alls, DreamKuts and more. I've also received a lot of the Teresa Collins covers and other products from her previous collections (previous to this past CHA), because it appears that her previous collections are sadly being phased out!! Of course I also have her new Collections that were released at CHA as well. There are more products from CHA that keep arriving, so if you have a question about something you want to order, please email me. The most recent product news is the release of the new JustRite Stamps and I AM taking pre-orders for those, so be sure to email me about those. (I will make a separate post about the JustRite Stamps!!) My email is firstname.lastname@example.org .
Thanks again to this amazing community of crafters that I feel so privileged to be a member of. I have never come across a more generous and helpful community of people anywhere. And the most amazing thing is that although we are situated all across this huge world of ours, and most of us will never meet face to face, we are now united as neighbors, by our love of crafting and through that, we truly have become an actual community. I thank God for this community every day.