Monday, February 16, 2009

One LONG Year

Today is the anniversary of Aidan's accident. Actually it's almost exactly a year to the minute we were told he was actually alive. This has been the most trying, exhausting, frustrating, scary, thankful year I've ever had. I've tried not to dwell on the events of that day. It's hard, because they always play through my mind, especially when I least expect them to. Instead, today was spent at the hospital waiting for Aidan to have an MRI and a SPECT scan. I guess that kept my mind off of it, despite the fact that I spent the day in the same hospital we lived in for 6 whole weeks a year ago.

The local news station called Russell today and wanted to do a follow up story on Aidan. We met with the journalist at the hospital and Russell did the interview. I didn't want to be on camera. She then followed us home to get some pictures of Aidan with his nurse and some with Evan. I haven't seen the interview yet, though it is supposed to be airing soon.

Since I don't want to get all emotional about the past and things that I have no control over, I just want to say how extremely grateful I am to the many people who have been praying for our family, and shown support for our family. I am continually in awe at the compassion shown by perfect strangers. I realize that this happened to Aidan for a reason. God has a purpose for Aidan. He has touched so many lives all over the world, and I hope that he continues to do so. I keep praying that he continues to make remarkable improvements and that this will be his testimony for others.

Aidan has improved so much since last year. He's grown a lot. He doesn't have the neuro-storms any more, although he has days of irritability. He is able to breath without the trach, he's much more limber, and he's now able to eat by mouth. Aidan smiles and laughs and coos. He does things that I never thought he'd be able to do again.

I hope and pray that next year I can be reflecting on even more milestones and accomplishments. I'm praying that we are able to raise the money to get stem cell therapy for him and to continue hyperbaric treatments.

One thing I want to pass along to anyone who has children in their lives, be it their own child, a niece/nephew, a grandchild, whatever--- never leave small children alone near water. A child can drown in as little as an inch of water. And always communicate with other adults who are looking after children. Aidan's accident could have been prevented if we had just communicated with each other. If I had known he was on his way to the part of the yard/porch where I was, I would have noticed that he wasn't where he was supposed to be much sooner.

Accidents can and do happen. The best we can do is to try our best to prevent them and keep our children safe, but it doesn't make us bad people because an accident happened.

Again, I thank you all for following my ramblings this past year, for patiently awaiting news on Aidan's improvement and for praying for him and loving him. That is one of the greatest gifts. I'd give each and every one of you a huge hug if I could.

~Erin

4 comments:

shea said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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Carly Nicole Elliotte My Micro Preemie said...

I seen your story tonight on News 14. I just want to tell you how blessed you have been even though you go through struggles. Aidan is such a cute little boy. My little brother was in a car accident almost a year ago and was in a coma for nearly a month and suffered a severe TBI so I know how hard it is (well for a family member) but I also know what it's like to have a sick child. My first daughter passed from a heart defect. I pray that God continues to give you strength and peace. I also pray that God will continue to touch Aidan's body and heal him and bring him though a full recovery.

God Bless You All!!!

Rachel Elliotte

Rachel E. said...

It has been a privilege to pray for you, Russell, Aidan, and Evan over the past year, and I look forward to continuing to do so over the next year to come. I am so glad that you believe that God is walking with you through this and that he has a plan for Aidan that is GOOD. There have been many times in my life before I knew God that I thought there was no way He could have been with me where I was, but I am so thankful I know differently now! Your family is an inspiration to me.

*Peach* said...

Big Hugs to you Erin! Bless you and God strengthen you and know that so many love and are praying for you, Aiden and your family. We believe we receive when we pray, and we shall have what we pray for ~ healing and miracles.