Truman's First 5K!
Truman is almost 2 years old and this is his first 5K!!
Over the summer, we started treating Truman for repertory issues, using inhalers as directed by our pediatrician. At the end of August, he got a cold while visiting family in the Midwest. We started to be concerned about his breathing so we headed to an urgent care in Indianapolis. Truman was in worse shape than we imagined and we were quickly whisked away to Riley Children’s Hospital in an ambulance – which Truman loved by the way. We were there for three nights.
We could not have been luckier to have been taken to Riley Children’s Hospital. I could go on three days about how amazing this place is. The play rooms, the comfort carts with toys and toothpaste, the room with enough space for both my mom and I to sleep – well sleep as best you can in a hospital. The doctors, the nurses and respiratory therapists, all attentive, kind and thoughtful. I was so pleased to know an amazing place like that existed – and also hoped never to go back.
So I get home, I start thinking about how I really need to work on getting back into shape and how running always seemed to work for me. I started looking for 5K’s that would accept a stroller in October when I found the Phoenix Children’s Hospital 5K it seemed like a good way to start. I didn’t think I’d visit until we swung by to pick up our race packet on Friday.
And then Saturday morning Truman started to have some trouble breathing. Seemed like a little bit of a cold at first so I didn’t give it too much mind and we went about our day, dropping Dave off at the airport, running a few errands etc… By late afternoon my gut kicked in that all really wasn’t well and off to Phoenix Children’s we went, by car this time. We were quickly admitted and once again under the care of such helpful, patient doctors, nurses and respiratory therapists. While we didn’t get the grand tour of Phoenix Children’s like we did with Riley – we were home by midnight thankfully – I could just tell Phoenix Children’s Hospital is a good place.
I am humbled and grateful that facilities like Riley Children’s Hospital and Phoenix Children’s Hospital exist. I am also very aware of how very fortunate I am that I can walk into these facilities without too much worry about finances due to good insurance. I also know, no matter how scared I might be when I walk in, that our stay will be finite and fairly unremarkable, and that isn’t the way for all families.
So – if you have some spare change please donate to support the amazing people that make Phoenix Children’s Hospital work, for the families who’s needs are far greater than mine and for the research that will improve the lives of so many children.
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