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What I am Thankful For

It seems like every year Thanksgiving coincides with some momentous event in my life, and this year has not been an exception.

www.ozarks-realestate.comOn November 4th, my 13-year-old son began having flu-like symptoms.  No biggie...every parent has gone through this.  Vomiting, diarrhea, the whole shabang.  Only my son hasn't been sick since preschool...not even a common cold.  Kind of scary when you've never really had to take care of a sickly child before.  So I kept telling myself to just "chill out" and quit "freaking out."  But day after day, he seemed to be getting worse, and he began to have "attacks."  Six days, 3 doctor visits, and 2 ER visits later, he was admitted to the hospital.

www.ozarks-realestate.comWhen he was admitted to the hospital, he was in the middle of the worst of his attacks.  It lasted 9 1/2 hours.  I can't even begin to describe what it is like to watch your child thrash around and scream and cry from excruciating pain for 9 1/2 hours.  Morphine didn't touch it, and Fentanyl couldn't even control it.  The worst part was not knowing what was happening to him.  Nobody could figure it out.  His kidneys shut down, his liver was failing, and his body was in shock.  It wasn't until Day 3 that the answer began to emerge....my son has chronic pancreatitis. It's rare in children, but the cause was finally discovered to be one of the anti-seizure medications (Depakote) he had been taking for the past several years.  Once off the meds, he improved drastically and quickly.

www.ozarks-realestate.comI've been with RE/MAX since 2005.  Everyone knows that RE/MAX is a proud supporter of Children's Miracle Network.  I donate $100 in the name of my client for each transaction side, which resulted in $4,900 in donations last year, and $5,300 this year to date.  I've always been proud of my contributions, but until this past week, I honestly had no idea what my money was used for.


When the doors to the pediatric ward opened and they wheeled Logan to his room, there were GORGEOUS murals painted down the hallways.  A local artist painted them and transferred them to canvas that were applied to the walls since the paint can be harmful to the children.  As they wheeled Logan into his room, I had to stop....on one side of his door was a big RE/MAX sign, and on the other side was the RE/MAX balloon.  How ironic that my son would be placed in that particular room!



Before we were even settled, a young girl knocked on the door and introduced herself as a representative from Children's Miracle Network. She handed me a care package containing shampoo, a toothbrush, a comb, a pen, a notepad, and then she handed me a menu and told me that all of my meals would be paid for by Children's Miracle Network. There were no questions asked. I did ask her why they were doing that, and she said, "We do this for every family whose child is admitted to the hospital." They had no idea that I was a contributor.

Several times a day, the young girl would knock on our door and ask if I needed anything to drink or eat, or if I needed her to get me anything from the gift shop, and would ask Logan if he wanted a game or a movie to watch.  They wheeled in an XBox and gave him several games to play.  She would sit next to Logan and chat with him every morning like they were old friends.  www.ozarks-realestate.comOne morning, I was preparing Logan's breakfast and as I started to butter his toast for him, he gave me the "evil eye."   His evil eye didn't stop until the young girl left.....and then it hit me.  I had committed the worst sin ever.....I had the nerve to baby him in front of the "hot chick!"  Oh, the horror!!!

This hospitalization has been such an eye-opening experience in so many ways.  I am so thankful we were able to receive medical care in time.  I am so thankful for the love and support of my family.  I'm so thankful for the awesome team I have that stepped up and took care of my business and allowed me to focus on my son.  I am thankful for the strengthened bond I have with Logan.

I am so incredibly thankful for RE/MAX and Children's Miracle Network!  And I am thankful for my clients because had they not trusted me to handle their transactions, there would not have been donations.  I'm thankful for the opportunity to not only learn about Children's Miracle Network, but to actually experience it.

Most of all....I'm thankful for my son.  I'm thankful he's alive.  Nothing else would have any meaning without him.   This morning as we were preparing to be released, I found a message from Logan on my Facebook.  It was the greatest gift I could ever ask for.

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 About the author:  I am full-time REALTOR® with RE/MAX Solutions in Springfield, MO, and a member of the Greater Springfield Board of REALTORS®.  I have helped hundreds of families in the Springfield, Nixa, Republic and Ozark real estate markets, whether buying a home, or selling a home.  Visit my website  to search for All Springfield MO Area MLS listings.  Want to know what our market is like?  My website is also an excellent resource for current Springfield MO Area Real Estate Market Reports, as well as current market reports for Ozark, Nixa, Republic, and Rogersville.

 

 

Comment balloon 13 commentsLina Robertson • November 14 2011 10:37PM

Comments

Wow, what a scare. Glad to jear your son is doing better. Sounds like you have had a good year, and will be helping a lot of people with your contributions.
Posted by Karen Crowson, Your Agent for Change (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) about 7 years ago

What a great job!  Thanks so much for sahring yiur story!  so glad he's getting better!

Posted by Lisa Wetzel, CDPE, SFR carsonvalleyland.com (RE/MAX Realty Affiliates) about 7 years ago

Lina, everything can be gone in just a blink, I am so glad to know it is over and Logan is getting better and go home to enjoy the upcoming hoidays with the family.

Posted by Rita Fong, Realtor - Marion Arkansas Homes for Sale (RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY, Executive Broker 901-488-9590 ) about 7 years ago

I just learned tonight that it takes 3 comments to jump your points on your blog.

So i am taking this task to heart for anyone that doesn't have 3 comments and 6 comments to really make your points just so I am helping everyone who I see needs it and I hope you will do the same for my blogs.

www.activerain.com/blogs/kbtolbert

Posted by Florida Tolbert Team Keller Williams Advantage, Keller Williams Land Division Specialist (Keller Williams Advantage III Realty in Lake Nona) almost 7 years ago
My friend, I have prayed many prayers for your precious Logan! I hope you rest, you have been through A LOT!!!!
Posted by Yvonne Burdette-Van Camp, "Home"work, I have the Answers! (To Buy and Sell Real Estate, see me at Southwest Missouri Realty) almost 7 years ago
 

I just learned tonight that it takes 3 or 6 comments to jump your points on your blog.

So i am taking this task to heart for anyone that doesn't have 3 comments and 6 comments to really make your points just so I am helping everyone who I see needs it and I hope you will do the same for my blogs.

www.activerain.com/blogs/kbtolbert

And since you need number 6, here you go.

Posted by Florida Tolbert Team Keller Williams Advantage, Keller Williams Land Division Specialist (Keller Williams Advantage III Realty in Lake Nona) almost 7 years ago

Hi Lina, Loved your story!  I'm so glad to hear your son is now doing fine!  I know the whole ordeal must have been very scarey.  Your story just confirms for me, why I, too, continue to contribute to CMN.  I think I have been contributing for about ten years now.  I've always thought it was a great organization but I'm glad to know how well it actually works.

Posted by Joyce Godwin, Realtor, CRS, RE/MAX Elite Properties (RE/MAX Elite Properties; Serving Cypress, Spring, Tomball, NW Houston) almost 7 years ago

I can relate. Our 2 year old broke her collar bone and they were trying to diagnose her for meningitis. Then our other girl at 2 yrs had a seizure and white cells were off the charts without reason. It is things like this that make you appreciate what really matters.

Posted by Harley Wilcox, Harley Wilcox (West Group Real Estate) almost 7 years ago

We give regular of our time and make donations on a regular basis. Mostly to help the needy. I am not sure who gets more out of it. Me for giving I think.

Posted by Harley Wilcox, Harley Wilcox (West Group Real Estate) almost 7 years ago

Congratulations, Lina. You are a winner.

It's great idea to donate for a cause - and Re/Max and Miracle Network has been one of most wonderful for many many years. Glad to know Logan is doing better.

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) almost 7 years ago

Karen - I'm glad I got to see the organization in action.  It solidified my commitment to donating.  :)

Lisa - Thanks so much!  Best wishes to you and your family!

Rita - Will you be coming home for Christmas?  It's been a year since we've seen you.  You're still party of the family!  :)

Yvonne - you know you're my "sista from anotha mutha".  I love your heart!

Joyce - It's nothing I ever want to go through again, but the experience did provide some positive things overall. There's so much more that we don't even realize they do. 

Harley - I'm not sure what is worse...watching our children suffer, or not really knowing what is causing their suffering.  Both are equally painful.  Hope you're children are doing better!

 

 

 

Posted by Lina Robertson, REALTOR® Serving Springfield, Nixa and Ozark, MO (RE/MAX Solutions and RE/MAX House of Brokers) almost 7 years ago

Praful - Thank you so much!  I was pretty worn out when I wrote this post, and have moved on since then.  In hindsight, I wish I had updated it.  The story didn't end once my son was released from the hospital.  I called the administrator of the program once I got back to work and told her how my experience really strengthened my resolve to continue my donations.  I was ashamed to admit that just before Logan was admitted to the hospital, I had been reviewing my finances and trying to figure out ways to "cut the fat."  CMN was one of my larger numbers in my books.  I had contemplated reducing the amount of my donations, but after seeing the program in action, there was no way that was going to happen now.  Logan also has Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, which is similar to Muscular Dystrophy, but it affects his nerves instead of his muscles.  I still owe $1,500 for his last set of leg braces.  When the CMN administrator learned this, they contacted the account manager and paid $800 towards that bill for me.  I was stunned.  Now I feel like doubling my contributions.  :)

Thanks again for the vote of approval.  It is very much appreciated, and I enjoyed participating in the contest. 

Posted by Lina Robertson, REALTOR® Serving Springfield, Nixa and Ozark, MO (RE/MAX Solutions and RE/MAX House of Brokers) almost 7 years ago

Lina, I'm so glad for Logan and for you. Thanks, too, for the first-hand recounting of Children's Miracle Network. Although our office is no longer affilited with CMN, I still contribute with every transaction. I know now why. Nope, it's not fat in my budget either.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Pacific Union International) almost 7 years ago

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