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Tears on a T-Shirt...

posted Oct 14, 2011, 7:57 AM by Becca K.   [ updated Oct 14, 2011, 8:00 AM ]

…broke this mama’s heart. 

Natalie had labs this morning.  Her team is concerned about her platelet level.  She is scheduled for a scope on Tuesday and they mentioned the possibility of needing to do a platelet transfusion.  Ugh.

Natalie’s blood just did not want to flow this morning.  She’d get poked, the blood would run, and then it would stop.  And that happened 4 times.
Tears filled her eyes as she looked up at me, having been poked 3 times already.  “No, no, no,” she said.  And then as the needle went in the 4th time, her tears landed on her t-shirt and my heart ached for her.  And tears filled my eyes.
And then she got 4 stickers and 2 suckers from the nurses, and 4 cookies and a "kiddie cocktail" from our favorite coffee shop, and she was ready to face her day as a secondgrader.  My heart was still aching as I watched her walk down the hall to her classroom - smiling.

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