Sunday, November 15, 2009

Across the street

So today I went over to see natalia for the first time since she has been moved from St. Mikes. It was tough to see, the ICU is a part of the hospital that you hope to never have to see but you are glad is there. The hospital is directly across the street and I made it there for an hour this afternoon while Angie's mom helped with the baby. I wasn't really prepared for what I saw, but I got a huge sense of relief from how professional the facility and the staff are. It gives me a lot of confidence for the tough days forward. Natalia is sedated, but can respond and I was able to tell her about Sophie and Angie being fine and that lots and lots of people are working hard to get those lungs. It was tough to see her in that state, I left after an hour and got some relief from my baby across the road at Mount Sinai. Sophie doesn't know how much easier she has made things for me and angie in her 2 days on earth (even considering that I haven't slept in almost 3 days).

Also, I was able to figure out which window is natalia's room and the 3 of us here can look at it anytime we need. So that's the update. Thanks for reading folks.
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Ramona said...

It is so hard to hear about someone you care about so much be so sick.

I am also very happy that she is at TGH, and know that Natalia, also has alot of confidence in them. They will help her get her lungs and get her home, healthy and stronger than ever.

I can't wait to hear what it's like to breathe with normal lungs!!
Sending love and strength to all.

So happy for you and Angie that your beautiful daughter is helping you through this difficult time.

John and Angie said...

Hi Ramona, i bet you us people with the normal lungs just take this completly for granted, but we shouldn't.

Daughter has a set of lungs on her... if you know what i mean :)

Sarah @ When two becomes three... said...

John - you are going through so much right now and having zero sleep is adding to your challenge.

I send Nat all of my love and positive energy all of the time. I pray that she is comfortable and I have so much hope for her. Hang in and stay strong.

Julia said...

Congratulations on the arrival of your beautiful baby girl.

I read about Natalia in The Toronto Star and have been thinking about her, worrying about her and praying for her ever since (and following her blog). Today I was at the Santa Clause parade with my husband and 3 kids and I kept looking up at Toronto General Hospital and thinking about Natalia up there somewhere waiting for her new lungs to arrive and prayed that they would come soon. I realized how fortunate I was to be able to be out in the beautiful weather with my family. She has made such an impact on me and made me appreciate all that I have so much more.

Please let Natalia know that even complete strangers such as myself are praying for her and spreading the word about organ donation thanks to her strength and courage to do the Star story. She is a remarkable woman.

Enjoy your baby girl. The next couple of weeks will probably feel like one long exhausting day but things slowly get better and it is so worth it.

Good luck with everything.

Poppy said...

Thanks for taking the time to update us. I'm glad Natalia is holding her own and I hope and pray those lungs come quickly.

Close your eyes and get some rest. Your girls (Angie, Sophie & Natalia) need you :)

Ronalee said...

Hi John

I'm one of the dietitians from the CF clinic at St Mike's, I'm currently on mat leave and a couple of days ago was updated by some of the team members about Natalia's condition and transfer to TGH. They also told me about her blog and I had the privilege to read some of it last night.

I don't know how sedated Natalia is right now, but if you can let her know that I'm thinking of her and hoping that those lungs come quickly! She is a strong person and has a lot to live for. Tell her that I look forward to seeing her when she comes to visit us in clinic with her new lungs and meeting her beautiful Scarlett.

Congratulations on the arrival of your lovely daughter as well. So much joy and sadness all at once - hang in there. We're all pulling for her!

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