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.