Monday, October 6, 2008

My kids and Hemophilia

My boys had a 50% chance of inheriting my bleeding disorder. Rooster has always shown signs while Tater has never had a problem. We decided to test both of them. The initial test on both of them showed negative but because of Rooster's problems the hematologist decided to treat him as if he has a bleeding disorder. This was at the time the hardest discussion I had to have with Rooster. He had been waiting for the day that he weighed enough to play football and the year we got the diagnosis was also the year he weighed enough but couldn't play because of the chance of serious injury.

I went through a horrible amount of guilt knowing that I gave a disorder to him that would affect everything he does in life. Rooster was an incredible amount of strength for me. The day that really turned around the way I thought about this disorder was when he climbed up on the couch with me and said "You know mom, I think God gave me hemophilia so I could be the one to find a cure for it when I'm older."

From that day we have never looked back or questioned why. Instead we take it one day at a time, one surgery at a time and somehow we've made it through.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Not a cold

There is not much in life that I truly hate but going to the doctor definitely falls under that category. My cold wasn't going away, if fact I felt like it was getting worse so I broke down and made an appointment. I was so confused when he told me he needed to do a chest x-ray and asked him why when I was sure I only had a sinus infection. Turns out I actually have pneumonia. I've been spending a lot of time in bed, Bunco last night wasn't bat wings and all the yummy stuff I had planned (did KFC instead) and have zero plans for this weekend. I don't have time to be sick but I really don't have time to be sick in the hospital so I'll take it easy this weekend and hope Monday is better.

As women, we need to remember to take time for ourself and if that means we're sick for a day or two so be it. I really think if I had taken care of the cold up front I wouldn't have pneumonia now.

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