Marty as an eight year old! Technology wizard, big brother, loving son, learner, writer, speller, Mr. Comedian! A few months after Marty turned eight, he came down with pneumonia. Like many Down Syndrome kids, this meant for Marty, a stay in the hospital as it lingered on. His sensory issues come into play when care giving is required. Initially, Marty was not a happy camper with IVs, pulse ox monitors, oxygen masks, cannulas, blood pressure cuffs topped with constant poking and prodding.
Being sick can put anyone in a bad mood, Marty was especially sad to be away from his home. His parents were there every minute with his favorite technology at the ready. Family and friends gathered for support. Prayer sent heavenward. Eventually after a week, Marty slowly accepted the prodding and poking to ensure his oxygen levels were improving. After ten days, he even showed the nurse which arm to do the blood pressure and sat still for temp readings. He endured! He showed strength and courage. He accepted the care and love that was showered to heal his lungs.
He and I missed his brother’s 6th birthday party. He happily waved good-bye as his family left for the party–he was staying home alone with Grandma–and of course, free use of any technology he could get his hands on! We had a great time hanging together, plus he showed off his alphabet skills
There are times we must accept the care others have for us, and there are times we must forego a special event in order to retain our health–this is what Marty learned shortly after his 8th birthday.