this little story will bring some solace to you as your family and friends grieve for Henry. Our son received an organ donation at UW-Madison and deep in our hearts we hope that somehow that donor's family know how much we appreciate the decision we made. In the Milwaukee Journal it mentions how many people will benefit from your generosity. Thank You for thinking of others during this trying ordeal.
“A New Christmas Story”
Sam…This Christmas, I have someone new to shop for. His name
is Sam. Sam joined our family late one September night about a year and ago. Actually, our family
does not know if he is a Sam or a Samette.
I didn’t buy Sam a gift last year because I didn’t realize the person he
was to become or the unforeseeable impact he was going to have on our family. Oh, I knew he would make a tremendous
difference in all our lives once he arrived, but I wasn’t prepared for the
emotional impact he would have on my grandchildren.
For the most part, Sam has adjusted to his new surroundings.
He is the bulge in my son’s right side. Sam is my son’s new kidney. My
grandchildren have named him Sam and given him a personality. He has become a
living entity in our family.
Sam couldn’t have
found a better home. He is now nestling
and being tenderly cared for, snuggled into my son’s abdomen. Sam is
functioning and being sustained by the blood pumping from my son’s heart, and he
is being nurtured by the food my son eats.
The myriad of pills and the drug regimen my son faithfully follows helps
Sam feel right at home. The tests my
son’s doctors do on a frequent basis carefully monitor Sam. Sam has found a loving home. My son has never
smoked or used alcohol. A virus that
attacked his lungs began a process that damaged his kidneys. He dealt with the declining functioning of
his own kidneys for years until the decision was made, it was time. He needed a
new kidney and he was put on the transplant list. Thanks to the generosity of people like you he received the transplant he needed.
Although my son still tires easily, my grandchildren do not
have to listen to him be violently sick every morning. I just realized that their dad being sick had
been a morning routine for over half their lives. It is no wonder Maria pats her dad’s side
quite often and says, “Hi, Sam.” She’s ten and has grown to understand her
dad’s illness and the importance of Sam in their lives. When she was younger
and told her teacher her dad did drugs during a drug awareness program at
school, they had to sit her down and tell her the difference between good drugs
and bad drugs.
And so, this year I bought my son a sweater. It isn’t the
first one he has received from me, but this one will keep Sam warm too. It is wrapped in gold foiled paper with a big
green and gold bow. Yes, if he wasn’t before, Sam is a Packer fan now(Sorry about that)!!! Although, the package is a gift under our tree, it reminds us of the gift we
have received from Sam and his first family. Thank you for saying, “Yes,” and
sending us Sam. We are hoping and praying Sam likes his new home and stays for
a long time.
May God Bless you.