I'm very busy raising an eight year old grandson who has cerebral palsy and is blind in one eye.
I'm editing several novels and have completed two illustrated poetry books. Currently I'm looking for interested publishers.
Would love to keep in touch with everyone who enjoys my poetry but there is never enough time. If you'd like updates on what's going on, you'll find it here.
Newsletter Dated: 3/26/2003 11:23:40 AM
Subject: Sandy's Chatterbox
On April 22, 1994 we were blessed with a little grandson, Christian Douglas "Doogie" Turner, 1 lb. 10 ozs. My daughter, his mother, Sherry, was only 5 months, 3 weeks pregnant.
In an argument with her boyfriend, he kicked and punched her repeatedly in the abdomen until her water broke. He then took her to the hospital and pushed her out the door. Doogie's little feet were already protruding and the cord was wrapped around his neck. They did an emergency C-section, but the lack of oxygen for those precious moments left Doogie with cerebral palsy. His chance for survival was 5%.
His heart valve wouldn't close so the doctors performed emergency heart surgery to sew the valve shut.
His was so under-developed that everything was a problem: jaundace damaged his liver permanently, he had water on the brain that was drained several times, and his eyes were so ill-formed they thought he'd never see. After five months in critical and intensive care, he came home weighing 4lbs. 9 ozs.
Last year the retina detached in his left eye, was surgically reattached but he only regained enough vision to see light and dark.
Sunday his right retina detached completely. It was surgically attached on Monday in an emergency pediatric eye hospital in Portland. We don't know how much, if any, he will be able to see.
Please remember this special child in your prayers. Any sight would be preferable to none.