Response to Super Mom

January 31, 2015 at 10:59 PM 7 comments

Last week Amy published “Mom in Scrubs,” which said “I’m not a super mom” over and over again.  She basically dared me to write a response, so here it is.  I apologize in advance for those of you who may have delicate sensibilities.

Our lives by the numbers, in no particular order:

  • 18 month old baby
  • 6 week early delivery (by very emergency C-section)
  • 2 days old for heart catheterization procedure
  • 250 diagnosed cases (maximum – ever) of Eliana’s genetic condition
  • 4 weeks old when dialysis started
  • 14 week NICU stay
  • 12 (or so) emergency room visits (we’ve lost count) – including 2 caused by careless home nursing errors
  • 7 surgeries
  • 4 cases of peritonitis
  • 1 memory foam mattress topper for hospital stays
  • 12 (or so) medicines per day at her max
  • 1 nasty case of sepsis
  • 4 wings of the Hershey Medical Center Children’s hospital (out of 4) that we have stayed in at least once
  • 30 (give or take 10) home nurses who have worked here at least once
  • 12 hours of dialysis, 7 nights a week
  • 9 weeks in a row with virtually no weekend night nurses to start the year
  • 15 year average half-life for a deceased donor kidney (closer to 25 years for a well-matched live donor)
  • 0 days in Eliana’s life where she has not taken some sort of heart or kidney-related medication
  • 0 days in Eliana’s life where she will not have to take some sort of heart or kidney-related medication (absent some huge scientific breakthrough that has yet to be made)

And that’s just what I can remember off the top of my head.

So when Amy writes “I am not a super mom” I can think of only one appropriate response:


And we all know it.


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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Bubbe  |  February 1, 2015 at 12:01 AM

    I agree totally. Amy, Shira and I guess i have to include you are doing more than you ever thought you could to care for Eliana. She is in our lives for a reason and someday we will find out what it is.

  • 2. Anne  |  February 1, 2015 at 8:58 AM

    Could not have said it better

  • 3. Evelyn Burton  |  February 1, 2015 at 9:47 AM

    You already are a super mom, so don’t give a thought to what someone else thinks. Oh yeah, Hank is a super dad, too. ( no sarcasm intended.)

    • 4. Hank  |  February 2, 2015 at 10:27 PM

      None taken – I am pretty freakin’ awesome. But maybe that will be another post.

  • 5. Frank Jacovini  |  February 2, 2015 at 3:43 PM

    super parents…God Bless them and Eliana

    • 6. Hank  |  February 2, 2015 at 10:30 PM

      Thanks, Frank.

  • 7. Sandra Pittman  |  February 10, 2015 at 11:37 PM

    Definitely Super Parents… and a Super Big Sister too!!!


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