As a mother, one of the worst things you can experience is a sick kid. Whether it be the flu, pneumonia or something more serious, your heart aches and you feel helpless. As a Mom, I feel my job is to protect, nurture and make my child happy. I am the one they come to when they cut their knee on the sidewalk, I’m the one who kisses invisible boo boos from stubbed toes and I’m the one that gives them medicine to help get them back on their feet. I am nurse, doctor and healer of all childhood ailments. But what happens when I can’t heal them? What happens when their problem is above the scope of Dr. Mom?
When DS8 was born, my DH and I were thrilled to have a healthy, happy baby boy! After a long labour and a few days recovery, we were released from the hospital to take our baby home. The first few days were a blur of visitors and the newness of a first baby. By day three, something seemed to be off with DS. He was a yellowish colour, lethargic and didn’t want to nurse. A pit in my stomach told me something wasn’t right. After a brief appointment with our midwife, we were told to go to the emergency room.
The triage looked at our newborn and the worried faces of new parents and sent us to sit in the waiting room. DS got more lethargic. Finally, the on call pediatric doctor examined our son and a flurry of activity began. Blood tests, breathing tests and full exams were performed on our new bundle of joy before he was whisked off to the NICU. Placed under florescent lights with protective goggles, we were told that he was suffering from jaundice and if his bilirubin count didn’t return to normal after some light therapy, he would require a blood transfusion. For 48 hours straight, I stared at my newborn, nicknamed spider man, feeling helpless. No number of kisses or encouraging words could soothe my newborns situation. This was definitely out of the realm of Dr. Mom.
Eight years later, my DS8 is a smart, energetic, bouncing boy who brings joy and laughter to his siblings, friends and family. Unscathed from his hospital experience, he lives a happy, healthy life. We were one of the lucky ones, but that is not always the case.
Every year, over 14,000 children under the age of 18, are admitted to Sick Kids hospital for treatment to illness such as Cancer, heart or respiratory problems, transplants and many more. Originally developed in 1875 by Elizabeth McMaster, SickKids Hospital was an 11 room house in the heart of Toronto use to solely treat children. Known as Canada’s first pediatric hospital, SickKids Hospital has since become one of the world’s top children hospitals and Canada’s largest, hospital-based child health research facility.
Research, equipment and expertise takes money. SickKids has come up with an amazing fundraising event and they need you!! Join The Canaccord Genuity Great Camp Adventure Walk to benefit SickKids. Over the course of one day, more than a thousand families — young and young at heart — will take to the streets of downtown Toronto, united in a common goal of supporting SickKids and helping to improve children’s health. This is not your ordinary fundraising race, instead you walk or stroll the streets of Toronto challenging your family to walk 5, 10, 15, or 20 km depending on your physical ability and fitness level. Along the way there are fun-filled, themed campsites that will encourage you to play, create and have a blast as a family.
Learn new skills and challenge yourselves, and spend the day as a family like never before. But best of all, by being a part of the Great Camp Adventure Walk [www.walkforsickkids.ca], you are helping raise vital funds to support the Hospital’s most pressing needs. You are providing support that will encourage and empower doctors to help heal our children and provide a better, brighter future. I can’t think of a better way to spend the day as a family, than participating in this event!
Register your family HERE!