I Wish It Were Me Instead Of You

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Back in June our son Jake begun having a bit of lung trouble.  They call it Spontaneous Pneumothorax wherein the lung spontaneously collapses.  Immediate family has of course known of it and thinking it was a passing thing, especially after the last “fix” (a chest tube insertion) done at an ER visit during the county fair in Indiana, I opted not to post anything about it…though it has been heavily on my mind.  Last Monday the chest tube came out, at which point the specialists agreed that they should operate.  Surgery is scheduled for Friday.

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I think it’s crazy how so many in our family can go for years and years, with not so much as a root canal and then wham…2012 comes along and it seems like everyone is seeing way too many doctors and the inside way too many hospitals.  Enough family.  Enough now.

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Jake,

If I could trade you places you know I would.  I would do it in a heart beat.  I’d much rather it was me than you; any parent would feel the same.  You are young and strong and you’ll bounce back in time for hockey.  I know you’ll get back to full strength quickly, though I know it won’t be as fast as you would like. 

Your Dad and I are so very thankful that what you have is a ‘condition’ and not some crazy, mean, incurable disease.  We hope and pray this is the end of it and we can quit all these hospital, ER’s, x-rays, doctor appointments and junk from here on out.  Okay?   Okay.

Love you baby.

~Mom

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18 thoughts on “I Wish It Were Me Instead Of You

  1. Oh, Dee, every mother (and dad, too) agrees with you on trading places. You and your family will be on my mind and in my heart on Friday. I’ll be watching for updates.
    Sending happy thoughts to all of you!

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  2. Jake you know any of family would trade places with you if we could. I was just on line reading about the hospital that you will be going to for your surgery and we were very impressed with what they had to say about it. I know you will be in very good hands. I know the waiting for all is hard and being so far from home for it, but we can see why they want you at that hospital. You will do great, you and grandpa can share stories after this.
    MUCH LOVE.

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  3. With a tear in my eye I’ll add, we love you too Jake and we know you will be just fine. Dee, I know this is really hard on you. Mom’s feel the hurt every time their kids hurt, as we hurt for you now. Let me know if you need me there to hold your hand and brush the hair from your brow. Dad’s feel the pain too, they just don’t show it the same way. Love you all three!

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  4. Oh Dee……I am not a parent but I so TOTALLY know what you mean about wishing you could trade places…..when someone you love and care deeply about is in “trouble” – whatever that is – you want to make it all go away for them. I will be holding you all in my heart and mind Friday – you’d just better believe that I will.

    Love, Pam (and Sam)

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  5. Aww Momma … this is tough stuff. Of course we agree with you, any parent worth their salt would happily do the same.

    Prayers and love for you all on Friday; I will hope for good news and a sigh of relief soon for you all.

    MJ

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  6. Aw, sorry to hear of this.. Pneumothorax is pretty high on my list of things I’m hoping to avoid in life – my sympathies are with your guy! Glad he’s in good hands and hopefully the surgery will bring the relief he needs.

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  7. Jake, hang in there, you are so strong and pretty soon it will be behind you.The hockey guys are going to be amazed at your new lung capacity. I will be praying for you and your Mom & Dad. Love you guys.

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  8. WOW………WHO KNEW YOU WERE GOING THRU SO MUCH ANXIETY AND
    YET YOU KEPT YOUR LOYAL FANS CHARMED WITH YOUR
    CONTINUAL NEWS OD FARM AND FAMILY AND ALL OF YOUR
    VERY BEAUTIFUL PHOTOGRAPHS!!!!!!!!!

    PLEASE TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF AND WE WILL WAIT FOR
    YOU TO LET US KNOW JAKE’S IMPROVEMENT.

    HOCKEY?????????? YIKES!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    MUCH LOVE TO U

    DOT

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