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A year ago we were in the hospital with Anna. She had an acute exacerbation of her heart failure and we originally were told that she wouldn’t make it through the night. Obviously, she proved them wrong and with some good medical care and lots of prayers we celebrated another Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Groundhog Day, Easter, Memorial Day, and Birthday. We learned to celebrate any day that ended with a “Y”. None of us know how long we will be on this earth before transitioning to our forever Home. Take time to celebrate each day with those that you know and love!

Halloween in the hospital (specifically in the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit) doesn’t necessarily hold all of the charm that it does in the community. We aimed to change that last year. We originally had planned on going as characters from “Despicable Me”. Anna would be Agnes, Cadi would be the Unicorn (“It’s so fluffy!”) and I would be Gru. Kristin came to the rescue and Anna became the “Queen of Hearts” – What else when you are in the Cardiac Intensive care Unit-and Cadi was the Royal Unicorn. My Sister and Niece flew in from Phoenix and another sister brought candy for the nursing and respiratory staff. Make the best of any given situation and do something nice, for someone else, every day!

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