Yeah, I know it’s still Thursday. But I’m out all day tomorrow (driving a friend and her daughter in for their appointment at the Children’s Hospital. She’s terrified of driving in the city and since we seem to like the Children’s so much, and I can do the drive with my eyes closed, she asked if I could take them) and I’m too lazy to schedule this to post in the morning.
So I decided that maybe this weeks Follow Fridays needed to be something to cheer us all up a bit. I’ve got two great reads for you. One about how all the ladies on Twitter have penises (you just don’t know it yet) and the other is an example of why not everyone should be allowed on the internet.
- 2princessmama - Captured that classic non-twitterite attitude in her blog post ‘Twitter is Not Real‘. Which is exactly why I’m an elitist snob when it comes to Twitter…cause all the weirdos men pretending to be women cool kids are on it.
- I’ve been having a great time chatting with ReadilyAParent. We’ve already planned several cottage industries around premade signs and hand crafted vibrators (because romance can only take you so far). And if you understood none of that? You should definitely be following her on twitter so you can join in our insanity. But what really made me love her? The Most Ridiculous Facebook Conversation Ever
There you have it. Frivolity all round.
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My Follow Friday post was bumped when Vista got scheduled for an early Friday morning CT scan, late Thursday afternoon. This came about after talking to our family doctor about some regression we were seeing since her last seizure. Apparently regression can be a sign of a stroke, so they wanted a scan to make sure that wasn’t the case (and it’s not… the scan is fine as far as we know). Now we’re just waiting for them to schedule an EEG for her, which, I can tell you right now, will also come back normal.
As we pulled up to the hospital Friday morning, though, Vista chirped from the back seat “Oh! The hospital. We go see doctor?”
My heart broke a little. No two year old should recognize the hospital from the outside of the building. No child should know that pulling up to a hospital means a doctor is involved.
And it made me think of all the reasons she’s been to the hospital and all the different doctors we’ve seen there in the past two and half years.
Some of those reasons have been as a result of her brain issues. But a lot have been because she was born to early and the fact that her system just wasn’t developed enough to handle all the things it needed to.
And so this Follow Friday is dedicated to Heather’s Maddie, who was also born to soon. And it’s dedicated to my friends who are walking in Maddie’s memory to raise money for the March of Dimes, so that one day no child will have to deal with endless doctors visits because of complications from prematurity.
- Messponential - I love Colleen. Her and I talk almost every day, even though we live a country and two time zones apart. I cried when she told me that this year she’s not only marching for Maddie, but for Vista as well. If you’d like to support Colleen in her walk, too, you can click here.
- Adil320 - Ally is one of my roomies for BlogHer this year. I’m also dragging her to get inked with me while I’m down there (just don’t tell her husband that I’m a bad influence, kai?). In addition to Maddie, Ally is also marching for her close friend’s baby girl, Natalie Diana, who was born at 31 weeks. You can read more about why Ally’s marching, and support her, on her March for Babies page
- Mom2snk - Meredith and I first met through our husbands (yes, we’re both SharePoint widows). And in a weird, 6 degrees of separation twist, found out she’s also friends with Colleen. She’ll be joining Colleen on April 24th in for the Jacksonville Friends of Maddie
If you make one $5 donation this year, I would encourage you to consider the March of Dimes.
I can remember writing essays on the topics of silly things like ‘Who is Your Hero‘ and ‘If You Could Have Dinner With Any 3 People, Who Would They Be‘ when I was in school. I invariably took the lazy route and chose someone easy like Madame Curie, Catherine the Great, or Ghandi (yeah, my beauty pageant answer would have been ‘World Peace’…. what’s your point?)
But now, years later, I’m older and (I hope) wiser. Oh sure, it would be fascinating to have a conversation with someone brilliant like Einstein, or be inspired by the likes of Mother Teresa. But if I could spend an evening with anyone, it would be little Madeline Spohr.
Beautiful Maddie, who’s smile has inspired and touched so many people.
(Happy Birthday sweet Maddie)
How I wish I could send her a birthday gift to thank her for everything she has taught me.
To appreciate what I have, rather than taking if for granted.
To put down to phone, computer, work, and focus on what’s important – my family.
To be thankful for Vista’s health, my health, Bil’s health.
To never let a day go by without saying ‘I love you’.
So, if someone asked me tonight, who I would invite for dinner, my answer would be Heather and Mike and their darling Madeline. What I wouldn’t give to be able to allow them one more evening with their Maddie.
But all the wishing in the world can’t make that happen.
What I can do, though, is tell you about Friends of Maddie, a charity founded in memory of Madeline Spohr. A charity who’s mission is to provide support to the families of critically ill babies in the NICU.
As the mother of a child who was in a NICU and Special Care Nursery when she was born, I will never underestimate the importance of what the Spohrs are doing.
In celebration of Maddie’s birthday, I am asking each of my readers to consider joining me in donating to the Friends of Maddie. Even if it’s only $1, it still can make a difference.
Today, Bil, Vista and I will be sponsoring a Family Support Pack as our way of saying “Happy Birthday Maddie. We will always remember you. You will always be our hero.”