A Neglected Summer.

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Dolly did beautifully in the OR, and her recovery has been GREAT.  Once she got into the Recovery Room we had a few problems with her Oxygen levels dropping to the low 60s.  Scary business.  About 16 people came rushing into the room, which was about twice as many as needed to be there, but Read more…

Tiny Teeth, BIG Problems.

Dolly got sick over the weekend.  She had no symptoms except a fever and some facial pain.  I only worried because she had a teeth cleaning 24 hours before.  For a child with a heart condition, even something as simple as a dental cleaning can cause problems.  My worry turned out to be founded.  We Read more…

The Choices We’re Forced To Make.

I have often written about how being a Heart Mom isn’t quite like being the mom of a child with any other diagnosis.  Prior to adopting Dolly my nursing experience was in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and then General Peds.  I lived in a world where a worried mom or dad sat down with a Pediatrician and Read more…

Poppy as a Pretty Princess.

Poppy in a Pretty Dress

  Poppy isn’t feeling so hot lately, but her foster home encourages her to get up and play every once in awhile.  I love that.  They obviously love dressing her up as well.  We have a good picture of her playing in the ball pit, but then after that, they all kind of look like Read more…

Rainbows over Rough Waters.

I can always tell when life is getting me down (beyond the want to drink wine every single blessed evening), because I am absolutely inspiration-less when it comes to writing.  Long silences from FullPlateManor usually means we’ve hit rough waters.  It has been a hard two weeks, but through the rough waters, there are rainbows. Read more…