Today marks one year since Sugar had surgery on her tummy. In case you missed it, last summer Sugar had really bad abdominal pain that was so bad she couldn’t stand up straight. We took her to the ER since we thought it was her appendix. They thought so, too, but couldn’t tell for sure, and since our community doesn’t have a pediatric surgeon, we were sent to Dell Children’s in Austin. She had surgery on Monday morning where they removed a duplication cyst from her small intestine, along with that piece of intestine and her appendix. Basically, a pouch-like cyst had developed along her intestine as her intestines were forming in utero, it got infected and inflamed with some food in there and she was in a ton of pain. All these pictures are from her hospital stay, except the last one, it was from last week.

While this was not a huge emergency and many families deal with much more tragic and life-threatening events, it was a bit of a turning point for me. I am still thankful for each day I get to spend with this spunky girl. She is so healthy and strong. It really is amazing that all that happened to her.

Afterward, I wondered why she had to go through all of that. I honestly have no idea and I hope we never have to do it again. It taught me that each day with her (and each of my kids) is a gift. Sometimes I forget that in the midst of all the tasks of mothering–unloading and reloading, folding and sorting, cleaning and wiping, bathing and shampooing, correcting and disciplining, reading and soothing–sometimes, we need that jolting wake up call that this is not about the to-do list and the meals and the house and the schooling, but about their hearts and their souls. These little people are growing so fast into the people they will be. Our time with them is short, and at one year after we came closest to losing that time, I am so thankful for each day I have had. Even if some of those days are spent reminding myself that it is just hair and it will grow, crayon wipes off most things except for carpet, a table is just a table and bite marks add character, and so on.

One Response to “Surgery-versary”

  1. Josie says:

    So happy to see this post and also it gives me a great reminder to appreciate each moment.