Tuesday, January 10, 2006

My Beautiful Nephew...
Is he not the most gorgeous little guy? Benjamin is sitting so cool here with Boo. They look like teeny-boppers instead of 4 year-olds.

I got a call, Sunday night, that he was being life-flighted into Indianapolis to Riley Children's Hospital. DH and I drove over there to meet him, so he wouldn't be alone and scared. His mama would take 4 hours to get there. We beat the helicopter and he was happy to see us. Never shed a single tear. Around 1am he lifts his little hands up with IVs in them and gestures towards the bright and noisy nurses station and says, "How am I ever gonna sleep with this?" Out of the mouth of babes. He also wanted to know when they were going to take "this doctor stuff" off. He is doing pretty well, now. He was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes. Poor little dear. They have a great program here at Riley- he is in good hands. DH and I have spent the last two nights with him so his mama could get some sleep. Benjamin is such a little trooper. "I'm all better now," is all he ever says if you ask him how he is feeling. With a blood sugar of 600, I doubt he is "all better." But he is desperately wanting to get home and he is too young- just turned five, to understand he'll be going home with all the bother that is with him there. Benjamin told the nurse, last night, "I'm just scared." Broke my heart. But maybe it will help- just a little bit- to know that he has an aunt who knows what it's like. I oogled his meter- he agreed mine was smaller than his- but I didn't have a cool green case like his. And I told him the Bible story of why our bracelets have snakes on a pole. He spent the day in "class." On our way home, DH and I said that if spending a night in a pediatric hospital doesn't just break your heart then you don't have one- a heart, that is.

10 comments:

Sarah said...

Oh, poor Benjamin! How are Lisa and Craig doing? It was so sweet of you guys to stay with Ben at the hospital. You are a good auntie! They will all be in our prayers!

Miss you!
Love, Sarah

P.S. - Has you box shown up?

Finn said...

Oh nines, so sorry to hear of a new heart ache. He is such a cutie, and the resemblence is strong between him and your Boo..*VBS*

He sounds very wise for a 5 yr old..glad he is in good hands at a good hospital. I'll slip him into my prayers also. Hugs, Finn

dot said...

Ben will be in my prayers.

Brit said...

yikes..poor little guy

Lucy said...

It is always so sad when a little kid is in hospital. Poor ben I hope he will recover soon

Sandra said...

These children who have to put up with so much are very brave and courageous! Give him a kiss and a cuddle from Australia :-)

Tracey said...

Whatta trooper he is! Sad that he has to endure that but I have a feeling that he's a strong little guy because of it. Hugs and prayers for the fella.

Laurie Ann said...

Sending my prayers your way. What a little cutie!

Darcie said...

Such a precious picture, Nines, Of Benjamin and your Boo.

He is so fortunate to have you by his side through this...you're like his angel on Earth.

God's blessings to you, my friend...and Benj too.

Frances said...

I always think this is one of the hardest and we all wish we could take the pain instead, praying for Ben,

that's a super photo,