Monday, June 18, 2012
Defying the Odds
Let's start at the beginning. In the fall of 2004 Chad and I decided to take a cruise with 5 other
About 2 weeks later, my breath was knocked out of me when a pregnancy test came back positive. Oh my dear!!! How was I going to handle FOUR kids with no grandparents in town, no family... OMG!
Fast Forward to the end of my pregnancy.. His birthday, June 16,2005. After an uneventful birth, there he was 8 lbs 9 oz.. as cute as could be. While I was overwhelmed with the thought of four kiddos, my heart was overjoyed. Praise the Lord. Shortly after his birth, the nurse came in and listened to his heart and said to me... I'm taking him to the nursery. I'll be right back . She returned, but not with Clayton. He was admitted to the NICU because he was born with a VSD.. a heart defect. After several scary days in the NICU while tests were run, we learned that it was minor and would
As far as health problems go, this was it for him. There was the one time we were heading to Disney on Thanksgiving Day at DFW airport and he got lost. Three years old, a crowded airport, and two parents who each thought the other had him.. and he's gone. After about 5 minutes of frantic searching, screaming and acting hysterical, which seemed like an eternity, he walked up holding his blankie, crying, escorted by a security guard. SCARED ME TO DEATH... started our trip out scary, but there he was!! He defied the Odds. I grabbed a luggage tag, completed it, attached it to his jeans, and off we went.
Since that time, we are had full health, lots of great fun, and lots of crazy behavior problems too. If you've never read the story of how a passerby thought a screaming Clayton getting "kidnapped" in Walmart by me, his MOTHER.. You should read it. http://www.kescastle.blogspot.com/2008/12/he-just-wanted-batman.html Besides a few times like this when we thought we would kill him, he's had a very healthy happy 7 years and we plan for him to have many more. While it doesnt seem like him getting Rhabdomyosarcoma is defying the odds, since only 500 kids are diagnosed a year, the fact that he's fighting it and winning like he is.. is certainly Defying the Odds. Please pray with us that Clayton keeps WINNING!!