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Don't Cry For Us.: Nicholas' Story. (Part Five)
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Friday, September 26, 2008

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Nicholas Emerson, who has Canavan disease, emerges from his coma; he still faces a long recovery period.

I don't know why I have to torture myself this way.  I try to do everything possible to ensure my son stays alive as long as he can, but sometimes I feel like I'm not doing enough to help him.

Faye Emerson here.  My little four-year-old son has finally emerged from his coma.  He seems to have everything intact; nothing seems out of the ordinary (for him, anyway).  He smiled when he heard my voice, reached out his arms towards me, but I couldn't hold him, due to all the tubes still attached to his little body.  It made me cry tears of happiness. 

Doctors, however, remain cautiously optimistic.  They feel he's turned the corner this time; there's no guarantee what next time might bring.  For all I know, it could be the end, the time when our son dies.  We know his death is approaching; this is what makes living with his illness so damned difficult.

We want to do everything to ensure that his remaining years are full of joy, happiness; however, we know that the disease he has is progressive, even fatal:  he has maybe six years at the most if he's lucky.  We try to be hopeful; yet we remain realistic in any expectations for him.

I've been living here at the hospital, remaining at my little guy's bedside, while hubby-dear stays home with our two other children, our daughters, Ellen and Renate.  I keep him (and the girls) informed as to how Nicky is doing; they've been praying for him. 

Must be helping because he's still here, and best of all, he's awake! :)

Nicholas's latest illness has sapped all the strength out of him:  he's as weak as a newborn kitten; it's a huge effort for him to hold his head up, even blink his sightless eyes.  It breaks my heart to see him struggling to regain lost strength; the surgery zapped him big time!  (He had an appendectomy a few weeks back; he suffered complications, which is why he fell into a coma in the first place.)

It's been a time of constant worry, fear, uncertainty for our youngest child; this is normal for us, but it still hit us like a ton of bricks.  Just keep us in your prayers; I will have another update soon.  Hopefully he'll be coming home from the hospital; we really miss having the little guy home!

Take care and continue to keep those prayers coming!  Thanks and God bless!

~Faye Emerson. :( 

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Reviewed by Georg Mateos 9/27/2008
Canavan Disease? why parents aren't informed when family planning about precautiouns, vaccines, blood screening to see if they are carriers of diseases that their children will the ones to have to live with?
Never heard of that disease, but it is not time to educate people instead of bombarding them about using condoms?

Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 9/26/2008

This one is sad ... powerfully penned.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. :(
Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 9/26/2008
Karen I am sorry I have not reviewed your short stories lately, but I do read them, just know that I am always thinking of you and sending healing energy to you and karla..I love you two you are like sisters to me.
Much peace, love, and light,
Amber "V"
Reviewed by Bonnie May 9/26/2008
New one on me too...never heard of it. You have so much info Karen you could get your degree. Go for it. Great write. Love, Bonnie
Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper 9/26/2008
great realistic story Karen, never heard of canavan disease, hugs

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