You guys, I’ve been in Florida for 13 days – 13 unexpected days with my little guy, without my big guy or my husband. A necessary trip, one that was originally only supposed to be 5 days will turn into close to 3 weeks at the end. I’m ready to be reunited with my boys and for us to be a family again. Nightly face timing isn’t cutting it anymore, I need some real love. They arrive tonight and I’m counting the hours!
I’m in Florida because of a medical emergency for my Dad who has heart issues. It’s been 2 weeks of hospitals, surgeries, lots of driving and leaving my little one with friends (who have all been ridiculously accommodating and wonderful), worrying and not sleeping. Two weeks of dropping everything, including this blog to make sure others needs are met. This is what we do, we spring into action when called upon. It happens every day in a million different ways for all of us. Thank goodness he’s going to be ok, he’s home and recovering nicely.
While my situation is coming to an end and I’ll be back home next week, back into my regular routine, back with my friends, back in my city, another situation is just beginning. I know I’ve written about him before on a few occasions, but Cooper Ascone is about to face another surgery, this time unexpected on his heart. Two years ago, Cooper had a valve replacement and recently at a checkup the doctors did not like the results of his tests. This resulted in Cooper and his parents having to make another trip to NYC to see his surgeons to determine their next course of action. While I’ve been in Florida tending to my family’s needs, Cooper and his family have been right by my side the whole time. They have helped out with taking care of my little guy while I was at the hospital and he couldn’t be with me. My little guy thinks Cooper and his siblings are part of our family and in a way he’s right, they are. Our love for Coop is deep, he’s a smart, silly, active little boy who brings smiles to everyone’s faces. We’ve had the pleasure of spending a lot of time with him over the last 2 weeks and for that we are so thankful.
Cooper and his Dad are in NY undergoing tests and found out yesterday that he will have to undergo another surgery for a different issue, this time on his Aorta. This is an unexpected twist and has thrown everyone for a loop. Cooper will have open heart surgery on Tuesday to fix this issue. His dad Tommy will keep us all updated via his CaringBridge site http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/cooperascone. Cooper is without question in the best hands for his surgery. His team of medical professionals at New York Presbyterian Hospital in NYC are among the best in the world. They are all positive and confident that he will pull through. Please keep Cooper in your prayers and thoughts as he gets ready to fight again. Please keep his team of doctors, and nurses in your thoughts. Please keep his parents Jenn and Tommy, his sister Chloe and his brother Carter in your thoughts. This is not easy on any of them.
Our friend set up a fundraising page for Cooper’s growing expenses. You see, while insurance covers most, it doesn’t cover all. The Ascone family will have to pay tens of thousands of dollars out of their own pocket for uncovered costs, travel, medicines and other expenses. It will take years to get rid of this debt only to have it reoccur in the future because Cooper will undoubtedly have to undergo additional surgeries as he grows. This weekend as you celebrate Easter and Passover with your loved ones, take a minute and pause to count your blessings. I know we all have our own issues, our own crosses and trials & tribulations to bear, but when it comes to the life of a child for me all bets are off. Please consider making a donation to his fundraiser http://www.gofundme.com/q6kp8c, any amount helps.
Pay it forward for Cooper today. Wishing you and yours a Happy Easter, Happy Passover and Happy Everything!