Wednesday, October 01, 2008

31 for 21

My sweet blessing....and friend

This child's smile says it all........she just radiates love.

I took this yesterday afternoon, and yes, that kitten has clothes on.....they did a video clip of 'The Weather Cat' [which I will post about soon, as I just returned home from the hospital and don't have the time to do so tonight]

Today at the hospital, she greeted everyone with this smile and a big 'Hello'.......this child is truly a 'Good Will Ambassador' as she has to make a connection with everyone she meets.

The nurses in pre-op adored her....she was drawing them pictures, telling them stories, and had everyone coming to visit her.

I put on a gown and was able to escort her into the Operating Room......I actually had to carry her in, to make it easier for the switch from the pre-op bed to the OR bed. At this point, she became a bit scared, but even in her trembling voice, she had to say 'Hello' to the OR staff she had not met yet......she gave me the sweetest hug and kiss as we placed the mask on her face. Watching your child go under is a very scary thing......a pure leap of Faith.

I held my tears and fears back till I was well out of the room [and she was already deep in sleep].....and we waited.

The surgery went well, and her recovery has been slow and steady and when I left her this evening [Daddy is with her for the night] she was really improving, so tonight I may get some sleep [as last night I tossed and turned all night long]

Thank you all for your well wishes.....It means the world to us.

and my thought tonight about Down syndrome is this.......I consider the facet of Down syndrome in my life, to be one of the great blessings.....and watching Emma Sage, I realize that Down syndrome is just a small facet of who she is, but it is a facet that brings unique aspects to her being....and incredible insight to mine.

This child radiates pure joy and love......even when she was in pain, she would pause and 'Thank' those that were assisting her. She teaches me today, that even when we are uncomfortable, or scared, we move forward with Grace and acknowledge those around us.

She has taught me that being human, is an amazing thing.


Cleo said...

Emma Sage is a beautiful angel!!!, she is pure love, she is full of light and her wisdom is her gift to the world, God Bless her ~. Thank you so much for the update Tara, thank God the surgery went well. I'll be be praying for her prompt recovery. :)

Anonymous said...

You have the sweetest smiles Ms. Emma Sage. I am so glad that everything went well. You just don't know how much impact you have in my life.

With love from the Philippines,

Michelle said...

I am so glad that she is doing well tonight, Tara Marie!!! Well wishes for her speedy recovery!

My name is Sarah said...

It's very late at night here in Ohio, but I simply could not sleep until I checked to see if you might have a word on dear Emma Sage posted. I know Sarah will ask me as soon as she wakes up in the morning, as she was so concerned about her new friend. Thank you for taking the time to update us. I am so relieved to hear the surgery went well. I hope you are able to get a good night's sleep. Hugs, Joyce.

Anonymous said...

Good News, Tara!
Tell her Linda, Tom, Corey,Steve,Claire, Keira,
Marcie, Imants, and Livi
and Aunt Hedy are wishing her a speedy recovery!!!
Love you all...
Tell Rick he's a good dad! :)
love, Linda

bernadette said...


Anonymous said...

I'm glad things went well. Isn't it great that they will let you stay until she is asleep, but how hard it is to leave her! I always cry as I walk out...
Emma Sage and my daughter are right next to each other (mine is after Emma) in a Special Joy, Parenting Mag feature! Isn't that funny?

Anonymous said...

So glad to hear things went well. We've been praying.
Aunt Jan

SunflowerMom said...

So glad to hear she is home & recovering. She is such a beautiful light!

JennyH said...

SO pretty.
Hope she recovers quickly. Max just had his tonsils out 3 weeks ago today. the 2 days after the surgery he was not himself but the 3rd day he was back to normal pretty much.
I felt so bad for him knowing it had to hurt so much. He got his out b/c he got strep a lot (and the fact that they were HUGE). Why did Emma Sage get hers out?

Lori said...

Yes she is beautiful. Isn't it amazing how these children are so loving and always see the good in everything. They don't know how to stay mad at anyone for anything. They forgive instantly and then hug. Always hugging!

God bless Emma Sage and praying for a quick recovery.

Anonymous said...

She truly is such a precious girl!

I'm very relieved to hear that she's out of surgery and well on her way to recovery. :) :)

Give her a big hug from me,