How to Save a Life — 5 Minutes for Special Needs

How to Save a Life

by Heather P


“And I would have stayed up with you all night…” (The Fray)

Funny…my nights are filled with constant coughing.

Wet washcloths to the forehead.

Pulse oximetry.

Puking of mucus.






My little dude is not doing so hot.

His lungs aren’t doing their job very well.

There’s Lysol, medications, inhalers, nebulizers, steroids, antibiotics… and yet, it’s not all working too well.

When you read this, I am not sure if we’ll be home or at the hospital.

I don’t want to be at the hospital… it scares me.

I don’t want him to go in with one thing and contract something else.

I don’t want to feel like I can’t take care of him.

I don’t want to fight with nurses who treat me like a nobody.

I don’t want to even think that I might lose my child.


This week.

The love.

The conversations.

The hope.

The tears.

The struggle.

The cuddle.


What do you do when you really don’t know how to save a life?

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Heather is a mom of two, wife, and nurse educator doing what she can to save the day! She lives in Orlando where she is routinely spotted driving while singing ABBA--all on a mission to advocate and educate!

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1 Jo May 4, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Ask us all to pray for you all….We will
Please keep us updated. I hope you guys stay out of the hospital.
Sending you hugs,

2 Heather P May 4, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Thanks Jo! We are home (for now) with strict orders to stay hydrated and rest… (well, that’s for him, not me!). I’ll keep you posted! xo

3 Janet May 4, 2012 at 2:22 pm

Been thinking and praying for you guys. I hope that where ever you are right now (home or hospital) you are feeling peace and hope.

4 Heather P May 4, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Thanks Janet… we’re home. He’s finally sleeping a bit. I’m attempting to scale Mount NeverRest (the laundry) while he is not being needy! 🙂 xo

5 Kathleen Basi May 4, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Hospitals scare me less now than they once did. Now I look at them as a “thank God I have them” when I need them! Glad you’rehome.

6 Heather P May 7, 2012 at 9:46 am

Isn’t it funny how our perspectives change? Only not really? Thanks Kathleen!

7 KDL May 4, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Sending prayers for you Heather. I have only ever been in hospitals with my two typicals (ironic) but they were babies then. It is definitely not the place you want to be…unless you need to be. Here’s hoping rest and hydration does the trick, and that you get some respite in here somewhere because you need rest (and hydration) too!

8 Heather P May 7, 2012 at 9:47 am

Thank you! I stayed in my pajamas all day Saturday. Which was delightful… He’s holding his own. 1 step forward, 2 back…but I’ll take what I can get!

9 Susan (5 Minutes for Mom) May 4, 2012 at 7:24 pm

I am soooo very sorry. I’m thinking of you both and praying.

10 Heather P May 7, 2012 at 9:47 am

Thanks Susan…I’ll take all the thoughts and prayers we can get! Smooch

11 Mary Smith May 5, 2012 at 2:48 pm

My prayers are with you and the little one and I am glad to hear you all are home.

12 Heather P May 7, 2012 at 9:48 am

Thanks Mary! I’m glad too. Even if it is rough. Home is…well, home!

13 Michelle May 6, 2012 at 10:17 pm

Heather, your post brought back a host of vivid memories of countless hospital stays past.

Prayers that you will find grace for each moment.

Much love,


14 Heather P May 7, 2012 at 9:45 am

Thanks Michelle…every day the sun still rises! xo

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