A Thank You to One Very Thoughtful Little Girl Answered
This last Wednesday, while sitting in my daughter's hospital room, I picked up my computer and checked my e-mail. There was a message from Cattrampoline wishing for my daughter to get well soon. It took me a moment to put it all together. My little girl, known here as sistergldnhair, has a best friend, known here as themoose64. Moose posted to let the Instructables community know about SGH's upcoming surgery.
Here is the truth. I am 45 years old and I did not see what one 11 year old little girl saw. I should have know, but I missed how important this site is to SGH and just how much she would love to receive well wishes from the people here.
On a trip to California last year, all SGH wanted to do was see Instructables. I heard for months about how she got to meet Fungus Amongus and Angelabchua and how she got to play with Angie's dog. She was practically bouncing when one of her Instructables was Featured and squealed when Scoochmaroo and Penelopy sent her a comment. She also did a Forensic speech on Instructables. Wrote Eric an e-mail. He responded with some links and she worked and worked on her project. And a few months ago, we had planned to attend the Instructables event in Chicago. Unfortunately the same day as that event, SGH had to have an MRI/MRA of her brain. The dye made her quite sick and we were not able to go. One very heartbroken little girl.
She was scared to have the surgery, which was to her forehead above her right eye. Afraid of the anesthesia and afraid of how she would look when it was all done.
Moose wrote a post and received some criticism for spelling you as U and a few other mistakes in language usage. I absolutely, 100 percent understand that criticism. I edit and proofread for a living and I really do get it. I am not at all fond of this texting lingo, but putting that part of the post aside, the meaning behind it was significant. Two little girls that have been best buddies since Kindergarten and one of them did an amazing thing for the other in an effort to make this difficult time a little easier.
So, I thank themoose64 and I am so thankful that I will have the opportunity to see her grow into an amazing young lady.
As for my SGH, the surgery was a little more complicated than they thought. She was very sick and the first smile she was able to give me was when I read her cattrampoline's message. She is very swollen and can't move her face yet. This is all very traumatic, but we know it is only temporary. Today is better, as I expect each day will be. And she is working on her next Instructable, a hospital gown for children that keeps your backside covered =)