Plano, Texas, June 2011~
Please forgive me for not writing: we've had a rough spell these past few months, but things are, thankfully, starting to look better.
Kate Woonsocket writing. Hope this finds you well. As for us, we are coping as best as we can. For starters, Doug (he's my husband) got laid off two months ago; he's been pounding the pavement ever since, trying to find another job. It's so hard not having any money coming in; thank God for unemployment: if it were not for that, we'd be homeless!
Secondly, our middle child, Kassidy-Jade (she's seven) ended up in the hospital last month; she's still recovering. Kassidy-Jade, who has spinal muscular atrophy, nearly died when she was given the wrong medicine as part of her treatment for a respiratory infection. (Turns out she was highly allergic: she suffered a cardiac arrest; it took CPR ... and the quick thinking of some nurses who happened to be in the room when she "coded" ... to save her life within moments.) It was very frightening.
We are now suing the doctor who gave her the wrong medicine and are demanding that his medical license be revoked. Turns out this isn't the first time this particular doctor has made such an error. It's been a very hard time for Doug and myself.
This damn doctor could have very easily killed our daughter!! And if you think we are going to let him get away with this, well, you (and he) are sadly mistaken!!
Thankfully, our other two children (Grayson, 5, and Heather, 9) are doing much better. Grayson just graduated from pre-school last week; what a proud moment for our family! We were so excited when Grayson got his certificate of learning and got to wear a cap and gown, just like people when they graduate from high school or college! He looked so grown up! We took lots of pictures!
As for Heather, she has been busy with her art lessons (she absolutely loves to draw!), voice lessons (in addition to her talent in art, she has a beautiful singing voice; she's sung several solos during special concerts at her school and at several local community functions), and she is looking forward to going to her first sleepaway camp this summer (in August; it's for children who are gifted/talented).
Thank God for my mom and dad, who send us extra money and our church family, who stop by to check in on us every few days: if it were not for them, Doug and I would both end up in an insane asylum someplace! Oh, and God's help: with God, everything is possible, as it says in the Bble!
Other than Kassidy-Jade's health problems and Doug losing his job, we're okay; now that the worst appears to be behind us, maybe we can move forward and go on with our lives. And, of course, with this mess with the doctor nearly costing us Kassidy-Jade's life ... I don't even like to think about that; I still have nightmares about it! Guess I will for a very long time to come. I was in the room when she went down; I honestly thought for a minute they were going to lose her ...
Well, the phone is ringing, so I'd best answer it. I will write in here again soon; just keep us in your prayers: pray that this matter with the negligent doctor is solved soon, that Doug finds gainful employment, and that Kassidy-Jade throws no more surprises in relation to her health: she's already surprised us once; we don't need any more surprises like the one she had while in the hospital! I would greatly apprciate any and all prayers! Thanks in advance!
~Kate Woonsocket. :(
~To be continued.~