Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The Faces of RMH

We have met some truly beautiful people during our stay at RMH.  The staff has been wonderful--Sandy, the director, is so sweet and compassionate.  They are all pretty much amazing.

But I want to share with you some of the "faces" of RMH.  No, I'm not going to post pictures of the families, but I just want to paint a picture of a few of the people we've met.

Beautiful S, an 18 year old with Hodgkin's Lymphoma who is undergoing radiation treatments.  This little ball of energy wants to be a mechanic who works on ships and planes!  Because she won't be able to be around the fumes for a while, S decided to get her history degree so that she could be a history professor when she retired.  I love this girl!!  She just moved in a few days ago, but she'll be here for several weeks until her treatments are over.  They are actually just a hop, skip, and a jump away from us in Waldorf!

Patient M, the mother of B.  B is learning how to eat at Kennedy Krieger and is participating in a daily feeding program.  M is soooo good with him!  She patiently encourages B during meals and is so consistant with her reminders and praises.  It is an encouragement to me to watch a mother lovingly care for her special-needs child.  They have traveled here from Louisiana.

Strong-willed H, who is currently wheelchair-bound.  This is their second time at RMH while we've been here, so we've gotten to know them well.  H had limb-lengthening surgery in April and has been in a wheelchair ever since.  She is so determined to work through the pain so that she can get out of the wheelchair.  They travel from Nebraska for their appointments here.

Quiet little B, a boy with a serious condition called Bladder Extrophy.  He's had many surgeries over his 8 years, and it has not been an easy adjustment for him.  His mom and grandma have been here with him for five weeks during this latest surgery, far away from the rest of their family in Kentucky. 

Sweet baby N, who was born weighing only 12 ounces.  Miraculously, she survived with minimal complications and is now home with her parents after three long months in the NICU.  They come back often from their home in Hagerstown for outpatient appointments. 

There are many other families here as well: some fairly local like us, some traveling around the United States, and some from far-away places like Malaysia and Kuwait!  All of us have the same goal though:  going home!

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