I have a friend who I have known for over 10 years. Actually, we are more like sisters than friends. If you’ve read my blogs before you may have read the one about this same friend being pregnant. You also would have read that her daughter was expected to be born with a heart problem; the doctors told her that the baby was going to need heart surgery.
Well, she had her baby on March 18th! She is an amazing and strong little girl named Payton. She was born at 3:10 a.m. and was 20 inches long, weighing 6 pounds 15 ounces. She is the cutest thing I have ever seen! Having a baby is a miracle in itself, but having a baby with complications is an even greater miracle. After the doctors rescheduled her surgery three times she finally underwent surgery 2 days ago. She is in the CVIVU, but she is doing great. She is going to be there for 10 more days and then they will be able to move her.
Now, you might be thinking, why am I talking about this and calling the blog ‘support system.’ Well, going through all this with my friend has made me think of my own family and other friends, and the type of support systems we have when things get tough. We were in a similar situation with my brother when he was only two-and-a-half years old. I remember having people surround my parents, my siblings and myself: bringing food, sending up prayers and everything else that you could imagine.
Having my sister/best friend go through this hard time and being able to be there for her reminded me of when my family was in the same boat. It reminded me of how important having that support system is, whether it’s made up of family or friends or both. It made me realize how lucky I am to have that in my life; it made me want to put out my hand for others and say, if you are going through a hard time, need a shoulder to cry on, or even just someone to listen to you, I’m here, SoLas! Que dios los bendiga!