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Saturday, December 5, 2009

#33 - SADLY, SOME OF THE SIGNS COME TOGETHER

I was talking with the school psychologist at my last stop of the day yesterday; she looked at me and said (out of nowhere) "Hey, did you work with that little boy that died yesterday?" This, of course, made my heart skip several beats. I told her that I was aware of the incident, but didn't know anything about who the child was. Apparently the grandson of one of the secretaries in the building went to the same babysitter as the deceased child (the child died at the babysitter), and she had 'gossiped' some information to the school psychologist earlier in the day. She told me what she had heard, and I could only think of one kid on my caseload who fit the entire description. My heart skipped a few more beats. After two phone calls, I had confirmation. It was the child I had suspected, and I should have seen him the day before at preschool if I had not had the MFM appointment in the morning. Instead, on my way back to the office at the end of the school day, I drove past his babysitter's completely unaware that within the next 10 minutes he would be found lifeless there. :-(

I have not worked with him long, but that doesn't really matter - you quickly connect with most of the little ones you work so hard to help. Someone pointed out how profoundly he was delayed, both cognitively and physically (and the all-too-familiar 'maybe it's better this way....'), but that doesn't matter, either. All that matters right now is that he was someone's (only) child, and I can only imagine how much her heart is breaking. Over the next few days, if you all said an extra prayer for his mom, I am sure that she could use them all.

6 comments:

Mrs. Mother said...

I am so sorry about the child that died. How sad for his family.

I read your last post and wanted to let you know that we lost our second daughter to Trisomy 18 last year when she was stillborn. It was the hardest thing I've ever had to go through.

Two and a half weeks ago, I gave birth to my rainbow baby, who is healthy and happy. I know how hard it is when you experience such a loss.

Tina said...

Oh no...I am so sorry. My heart goes out to the little boy's mother. I will be thinking of them today...and you. xx

pixie2183 said...

I'm so sorry, I will of course keep her and you in my prayers. It breaks my heart that any more mothers have to go through the loss of a child. :(

JenJen said...

How terrible! I am so sorry and I'll be thinking of and praying for the family...

Heather said...

I am so sorry to hear of this. I will definitely keep this family in my prayers.

Jessica said...

I will definately say a prayer. I am so sorry...