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What Your Neighbors Don't Know Abour Your Life
7/11/2012 6:49:04 AM
A special needs child in the family
After weeks in the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia which was about an hour’s drive from our home, no one could explain how or why my daughter survived. Doctors peered into her tiny isolette and shook their heads sadly, one after the other. In her protected environment my daughter was on display for all to view. There she received the utmost attention from the loving nurses with their gentle touch, acting upon their keen instincts and vast experience to nurture and care for our precious one. Through our interactions with them they passed along their vitality for their careers, and that always included sharing love, hope and encouragement whenever possible.

There was no explanation for my daughter's ability to gain strength and continue to take breaths on her own. Sometimes I even saw a glimpse of “she lived even without my intervention” look in the eyes of the doctors in charge of her care. I’m sure it would have made more sense to some of her doctors if an operation or surgical procedure was what had saved her life. She was quite a puzzle, my little angel.

It was an absolute miracle that she had lived through childbirth to achieve three weeks of age.

My first attempt at breast-feeding took place in front of a large pane of glass overlooking the City of Brotherly Love: Philadelphia. Now that was quite an experience—sensing that anyone looking in our direction from the tall buildings nearby and the buses driving past—could witness the intimate act of feeding my newborn child. Talk about stress! Thankfully, I knew in my “mother’s heart” that it was more important to focus on my daughter's needs than my embarrassment, and I toughed it out.

Experiences and challenges such as mine, and many others, brought about advances for countless new parents facing similar and even more difficult circumstances in the years that followed. My daughter’s birth took place long before hospitals had any idea how to deal with such a sick child, or how to interact with and educate the parents of such children as they embarked on an unknown journey. Each day brought a new reality, special delights we couldn’t have imagined, and an uncertain path that at times seemed treacherous…

Check back tomorrow to learn more about my Auburn Angel, and her affect upon the world!

All my best!

Betty Anne

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More Blogs by Betty Anne Grillo
•  What Your Neighbors Don't Know Abour Your Life - Wednesday, July 11, 2012  
• A Special Needs Child in the Family - Tuesday, July 10, 2012
• Uncertainty creates fear and anxiety - Monday, July 09, 2012
• Bankruptcy is a fresh start, not a disgrace - Friday, July 06, 2012
• Could "book smarts" ever replace "street smarts"? - Thursday, July 05, 2012
• #Food for Thought—and I sure hope you’re #hungry! - Wednesday, July 04, 2012
• The Passing of Andy Griffith - Tuesday, July 03, 2012
• New day, new desire, new direction! - Monday, July 02, 2012
• SUNDAY SILLIES 07-01-2012 - Sunday, July 01, 2012
• The other “B” word – #BUDGET - Saturday, June 30, 2012
• The Truth is Always Somewhere in the Middle - Friday, June 29, 2012
• Time to take a #SCOTUS breath! - Thursday, June 28, 2012
• Do men and women handle #bankruptcy differently? - Wednesday, June 27, 2012
• Do men and women handle bankruptcy differently? - Tuesday, June 26, 2012
• The Symptoms of an Unhealthy Budget: Part Four - Monday, June 25, 2012
• Louis Gossett, Jr - Sunday, June 24, 2012
• SUNDAY SILLIES 06-24-2012 - Sunday, June 24, 2012
• Have you had a part in saving a life? - Saturday, June 23, 2012
• The Symptoms of an Unhealthy Budget: Part Three - Saturday, June 23, 2012
• The Symptoms of an Unhealthy Budget - Friday, June 22, 2012
• The Symptoms of an Unhealthy Budget - Thursday, June 21, 2012
• Can you really negotiate with credit card companies to pay less than the full balance? - Wednesday, June 20, 2012
• Do your elderly parents have trouble paying their bills? - Tuesday, June 19, 2012
• Do money problems cause break-ups? - Monday, June 18, 2012
• WHAT WILL I DO IF SOMEONE ASKS ME TO DANCE? - Sunday, June 17, 2012
• HAVING LESS TO SPEND COSTS YOU MORE IN THE END - Saturday, June 16, 2012
• I'm late, I'm late, for a very important... - Friday, June 15, 2012
• WHEN THE “B” WORD STANDS FOR BANKRUPTCY - Thursday, June 14, 2012
• Has your net worth decreased dramatically? - Wednesday, June 13, 2012
• What dreams have you had to put on hold? - Tuesday, June 12, 2012
• How much longer can you hold out? - Monday, June 11, 2012
• Sunday "Sillies" 06-10-2012 - Sunday, June 10, 2012
• Saturdays aren't the same for you, are they? - Saturday, June 09, 2012
• When charging items like food and gas purchases get us into trouble - Friday, June 08, 2012
• If money can fix it, it's not a disaster - Thursday, June 07, 2012
• I know it feels good to shop, but... - Wednesday, June 06, 2012
• Your health is most important! - Tuesday, June 05, 2012
• Common Personal Bankruptcy Myths and Facts - Monday, June 04, 2012
• Sunday Sillies June 3, 2012 - Sunday, June 03, 2012
• 383,000 New Unemployment Claims - Saturday, June 02, 2012
• How Much More Can You Take? - Friday, June 01, 2012
• Life is too short to face financial problems every day! - Thursday, May 31, 2012
• A new book about surviving widowhood - Wednesday, May 30, 2012
• A handshake and a smile - Tuesday, May 29, 2012
• Where did all that money go? - Monday, May 28, 2012
• Sunday "Sillies" - Sunday, May 27, 2012
• Unemployment numbers - Saturday, May 26, 2012
• The Launch of Sunset Dream Books - Saturday, May 26, 2012


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