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Day 94 of living in the hospital..
Hi everyone, this is Lauren for a change. I decided to snag the computer from Mom and just tell everyone how I've been doing and about this special girl I met yesterday. First off, I'm hanging in there. Day 94 UGH, but I'm doing well. Still waiting unfortunately, but *fingers crossed* today is the day! I have slight blood clot in my left arm, which I have had four blood clots in the pas in the same arm. Thank God for Mom and her eagle eyes for catching my "fat arm", ha! She is the one who told the doctor's about it.
Yesterday Mom and I had the pleasure of meeting another amazing mother/daughter duo! About 2 weeks ago, when I was on HOT 96.9 in the morning, Sherein and Mackinsey happened to be listening to my story with the GetUp Crew. Shortly after, I had a message from Sherein (mother) on FB. She explained how her and her daughter were listening and how her daughter could relate from a cardiac point of view. She always through in there how she kind of looked up to me :) After many conversations back and forth, we set up to meet after Mackinsey's appointment at Children's.
I'll let Sherein tell you a little about her little warrior...
When you meet Mackinsey you will undoubtedly catch her coming and going from cheerleading, softball, or her favorite gym Crossfit696. If you are lucky, you might get an update on the latest Taylor Swift rumors or hear her rap Hamilton. She has a lot going on even at the age of 13, and she never seems to slow down.
Mackinsey was born with a complex condition called Tetrolgy of Fallot. Mackinsey had her first repair on January 5th 2005 at the age of 2 months old. Her second repair was completed when she was 4 years old.
Almost 13 years from the date, Mackinsey was scheduled for a PVR which is a full valve replacement. Mackinsey had her surgery on January 9th, 2018, she has amazed her doctors and nurses.
Despite a little shy, Mac and I hit it off great. Doesn't she look amazing for someone who just had open heart surgery?! This special girl has been through the ringer, but still has the STRENGTH to put a smile on her face, and just like me has an amazing mother in her corner every step of the way! It broke my heart though listening to what some people say to her, kids can be assholes. But like I told her, let them try and go through what you have been through.. or even TRY for 1 day. They wouldn't last. I know, I know, it's easier said than done. But I joked and told her, you're a girl.. that scar is just going to make it look like your cleavage is bigger and you'll appreciate it when you get older. Hell, many women try and contour just to get the look we have naturally now! It felt great not only for mom and I, but for them knowing there are other families out there. I know I had an impact on Mackinsey, but she had a bigger impact on.
Things like this make this long, mentally draining journey worth it at the end of the day. When I get down or think I cant do this anymore, I just think of everyone I have rooting or looking up to me for inspiration.
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