Michael and I have opened our family to the community by sharing Emmett's story in an effort to spread awareness of a hidden danger that placed our family in a world of pain, anguish, sadness and uncertainty. I am not looking for sympathy. Only that writing is therapeutic for me and I hope one day to look back at the post's as only a journal entry and distant memory.
Each day Emmett deals with many complications. I try and post the many joy's that come to remember to count them as blessings. When I have days as a mother, where I struggle with my emotions, I can look back at the photo's and post's and realize I am so richly blessed.
Emmett struggles with retching ( fierce dry heaving). Retching was not an issue before the accident of swallowing the button battery a year and a half ago. It is one of the many side effects. Many parent's with special needs kids can understand the pain, struggle and heart ache it is to watch your child retch. On a good day Emmett will retch up to 3-4 times and hour. On a difficult day, which is more frequent than not, he can retch up to 10 times per hour. Retching puts Emmett into distress, causing his oxygen levels to drop, strains his fragile esophagus, sweat profusely, causes his mouth to pool saliva which then spills over into the trach (airway) and into the lungs which then results in a low grade fever. He also then becomes lethargic.
The Physician's here are fully aware of Emmett's issue and they are doing the best of their knowledge to help out Emmett.
A month ago I wrote about a personal decisions I made to try and never ask WHY. Sometime's it is difficult in Emmett's behalf. My heart ache's each day as I have to watch my son suffer. I do have faith, I know Emmett's and my families suffering is not in vain.
I have met some pretty amazing woman through this experience. Forgive me Cindy I didn't warn you I was writing this. Cindy is a pretty amazing woman who know's heart ache on a daily basis. She inspires me to keep moving forward as she and her husband do with courage and faith. Cindy's family story . Thank you for your example!
Thank you everyone for their faith and prayers. Time to keep fighting!
Go Emmett, Go!