Monday, September 10, 2007

What do you think it is?

Do you mind if we take a little side step today from the New Orleans photo and talk about a major event in our lives last week?

My granddaughter Sophie (on the left looking for advice from her brother, Sullivan) got very ill last week and had to be rushed to the hospital and then life-flighted to a pediatric ICU in Temple, Texas. She is back home now recovering and smiling again, but the whole ordeal was one of those moments you hope you never have to go through. You learn a lot about who you are and what (or who) you care about when something like this comes upon you.

My wife and I rushed to the airport to catch the first flight out there -- but the Good Lord put a few road blocks in our way -- we were on the 2:45 flight, but weather in Houston kept us from taking off until 5:45. Tense, nerve-wracking hours. Then a 1.5 hour ride through another thunderstorm to pick up her brother. And an hour and a half more to the hospital. Through it all a lot of tears and phone calls. Whoever invented the cell phone is a saint.

But it was two more days before we were out of ICU.

But rather than let me tell you about it, get it from my daughter in her own words: What I learned this week

So now you know why may post have seemed curt and canned for the past week.

--steve buser

19 comments:

photowannabe said...

Oh Steve that was a heart stopper. I'm so glad she is home with her family again. Thanks for sharing your journey with us.

salian said...

I am so glad your granddaughter is doing better and smiling :D I bet she's a real fighter. She is very lucky to have such an incredibly supportive family behind her too.

Neva said...

OMG Thank heavens she is on the mend...how scary that a baby can get so sick so quickly...apparently your daughter has a GREAT pediatrician...hope all is on the way to being good again...prayers your way for as long as you need them!!
I particularly loved the story about the grandson and new scooter and race car set....lucky him!

• Eliane • said...

I am glad little Sophie is feeling better. I wish her a prompt recovery. She and her big brother are lucky to have such wonderful grandparents.

Coltrane_lives said...

What a harrowing experience for all. Steve, I echo others who wish your granddaughter a quick recovery. Sorry you all had to take such a frightening journey. I've a 3 yr old who recently had a bad case of croup and spent a night in the hospital and that nearly sent me over the edge; it's hard to imagine what you all went through. Get some rest!

KMF said...

hi i am first in your blog i missed many good photographs now i am lucky finaly i reached near u

Lynette said...

Steve, my heart is full for you and yours. God's blessings on all of you.

oldmanlincoln said...

I am happy for you and your family and that the life you all live together is back, somewhat, to normal. It was an experience you will not soon forget and is a reminder of how different life is and how it touches each of us.

Beetle said...

All the best wishes for your cute granddaughter,It's a very touched story you've posted and glad to heard the happy end.

preilijuly said...

Thank you for sharing, Steve - it always reminds us of true values in life. I'm very glad your little granddaughter is well again and that she has such a strong and caring family.

Marie said...

That is a very touching post. That must have been such a scary experience. I visited your daughter's blog. I "told" her I had learned I was going to be a grandmother.....

Moi said...

Oh, I'm so happy for her, you, and your family, Steve. here's wishing her a life full of joy and good health :)

Carlos Lorenzo said...

Now I understand the curt and canned thing. You both did what you had to. And since everything turned out right luckily, I imagine the feeling of relief and inner thankfulness. The words of your daughter are quite touching. I really feel happy for all of you. Your daughter and granddaughter should be proud of her family.

david mcmahon said...

Dear Sophie,

I have three children of my own and they are my universe.

I understand exactly how your grandparents and parents must have agonised over your situation.

Wonderful to hear you are on the mind.

Cheers and smiles, all the way from Australia

David

Hyde DP said...

all the best Steve - it brings back to us when we went through a similar harrowing time - keep on truckin'

indicaspecies said...

Hi Steve,

My first time on your blog. Beautiful pictures you have here including that of Sophie and Sullivan. Glad Sophie is recovering and smiling. I Wish her good health.

Celine

PS: By the way, I have a sister by the name Sophie. :)

bknight said...

So happy that your granddaughter is better. She is absolutely beautiful. So sorry you and your family had to go through this, but glad she is doing better. Your family is in my prayers. Miss you and Linda. Love your photos!

Lavenderlady said...

Steve, our grandbabies are such important parts of our lives. Thank goodness it has turned out well. Our thoughts are with you and your family as baby Sophie continues her revovery.

Sunkyoung said...

I'm relieved that your granddaughter has become better. When I had to rush to a hospital to see my dad at ER after 4-hour bus riding, my mind was filled with numerous thoughts. I hope all of your family are in good health.