Friday, December 15, 2006

Gonzalez's Heart

Jaden had a pretty good night last night. This morning Kelly and I got here and he woke up and gave us a little smile. He was up for about an hour just kind of hanging out. I even held him for about 5 minutes and then he was way to uncomfortable so I put him back in his bed.

He just went back to sleep. He is doing a lot better with his pain and being a little more happy. He did not eat much last night but this morning has already taken 4 oz. Hopefully today can be a really good day for him and maybe they can take out at least one chest tube.

I just wanted to say again how wonderful the RMH is. Two days ago I had come back there late from a long day at the hospital. I walked in my room and found a little gift from them. There was a cute poem talking about "On the 12th day of Christmas the RMH gave to me..." It was really cool to find after my day. Then yesterday there was another gift. They will be doing a gift everyday I am sure...

There were also plates of home make Christmas cookies in big ziploc bags sitting on the counter for us to help ourselves to. This morning there were breakfast bags that different groups always make and drop off there. This time, there were little keychains that stated things like love, family, etc. This place just makes life so much easier when staying at the hospital. It is wonderfully decorated with Christmas decorations and many different Christmas trees. It is a place you could be happy at if you can't be at your own home especially for Christmas. They have a little gift shop and Sal and I went there and got the kids t-shirts that have a huge pop tab on with a very little person holding it above their head. On the back it says, "support the RMH which supports the families which supports the children." It is so cool. All of those proceeds go directly toward the house. If you ever want to give, I would definitely give to this place!

I know they have a wonderful Christmas planned for the families with a ton of wonderful gifts for the children. I was telling Sal the other day that if we lived in the cities and I were to get a job, it would definitely be with this organization.

Thanks for the prayers. Love you all!


Grammy said...

May God bless and heal Jaden. May God give you strength and even joy during the process.

"Joy is not the absence of suffering, but the presence of God." -- Mother Teresa

"Don't worry about anything;
Pray about everything." -- Apostle Paul

Stacy said...

I am glad to hear that Jaden is doing so well. The RMH sounds great. I know it was very inviting when Krista and I were there. I haven't been to the one in Rochester yet but work with a girl that volunteers there. If I didn't already have two jobs, I would be there!
Hopefully everything continues to progress and Jaden continues to heal.
Take care!!
Luv, Stacy

Sara Wester said...

It sounds like Jaden is improving a little bit each day. It's so nice that you have such a welcoming place away from home. Just out of curiosity, is Jaden eating by mouth or by NG tube? I pray Jaden continues to improve and heal quickly. It would be wonderful to have everyone home for Christmas! I hope you're feeling better too.
Take care.

Krista said...

What a champ!! One day at a time and he sounds like he is doing very well.
It is truly a great place that they have for the families to stay in. It has to be such a relief that you can just go there and not have to worry about food and all of that.

Take care and lots of hugs form Mankato.


Kurt and Mattie Krueger said...


When all the World is looming dark and things seem not so Clear,

When shadows seem to hover' round

Lord , may I persevere,

When it seems Everything's been tired And there's no where to go ,

Just let me keep remembering

Sometimes the journey's slow .

I may just need to Stop and Rest Along the path I Trod,

A time to try to understand and have my talk with God.

As I gain a new strength to carry on without a doubt or fear,

Somehow I know things will be alright, And so , I persever,

Life can be so difficult at times....

I just wanted you to know I'm thinking of you and I care about what you are going through....

Stop and rest...Perseverance...

Hugs and kisses to all till we can be with you again.

Love you,

Steph and Mitch T said...

Isn't it funny how something can impact you... I never gave collecting pop tabs a second thought before you went to RMH. Now I not only save my own, but I am bold enough to ask people for the tabs off their pop cans before they get up to throw them away. Hehe. =) I've even been known to take the tabs off cans I find in the garbage (the ones lying on top, of Something that is so simple to one person can mean so much to someone else.

Kristin and I are trying to plan which day we will come down to see you. I can't wait--it will be so much fun!! I hope Jaden continues to stay healthy and get stronger each day so that he will be giving out more and more smiles by the time we get there!

Love ya,