“You are very lucky in your great misfortune.” Monday was our first follow up with Jesse’s neurosurgeon after discharge. The doctor went through all of Jesse’s brain scans with us—from the first in the ER on March 24 to the one he got just days before the...

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Relentless AF

Cruz got off the bus the other day crying so hard I could barely understand him. I came home for a quick shower and to love my kids for a few hours, and seeing him upset sent me reeling. I asked him to calm down, speak slow and tell Mommy what was wrong. “But it’s not...

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The oatmeal at Penn Presbyterian Hospital was bomb. That means a lot coming from me, I don’t usually like oatmeal, but Crespo loves it. I established a regular routine during our 12-day stay there, and each day that started with oatmeal. I’d head to the cafe each...

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Day Fifteen

From the window of Jesse’s hospital room I can see the Comcast Technology Center, the tallest and most magnificent building in Philadelphia. I proudly tell anyone who will listen that I work “there” as I point to the skyscraper and gush about the amenities of the...

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On Any Given Sunday

“Your husband is very sick,” said the ER nurse after bringing Jesse back from a CT scan last Sunday. Yes, I thought. He was throwing up since his routine jaw surgery five days ago and had a headache so intense he could barely keep his eyes open. Finally someone was...

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Strength is a gift

You give yourself.