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The kindness of strangers.

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It was November 28, 2011, and my grandaughter and I had just left her doctors office at the Childrens Hospital of Michigan. I held the door open and she guided her wheelchair into the hallway. We could see a lot of people at the end of the hall near the main lobby. I should explain that my 18 year old grand daughter had entered the hospital in February of 2011 for surgery on her legs, this should have been a 10 day stay and then recovery and re-hab. Murphys Law pops up in all our lives at one time or another and it did so at that time. Two days after the surgery all the internal plates had to be removed, exterior fixators were placed on her legs. Next she had a stroke ( sinus thrombosis ) and lost her vision. She developed an infection in her leg. Her kidneys failed she went on dialysis. She had to have a spinal shunt placed in her back to drain fluid. Many more surgerys in the next four months, blood transfusions, antibiotic infusions, ICU, And good care from many nurses, doctors, re-had workers, things begain to turn around. She regained some of her sight, the infection was going away, and her kidneys recovered. In July she came home from the hospital. In August the fixators were removed from her left leg. Through all this time we saw the most amazing kindness from so many people most of them we had never known. It would seem that everyone would want to help her. Now back to the hospital in November 2011, the people in the lobby were the Detroit Red Wings on their Christmas visit to Childrens Hospital. She rolled that wheelchair into that lobby so fast I had to run to keep up. The players were in a small play area with kids, doctors, parents, and reporters all around them. She said "tell me who is who". I started to point out and name players. I pointed at Mike Babcock and said "thats the coach". He saw me and came toward us, " how are you? Would you like to meet some of the guys?" he said. "Sure" was her answer. and with that the coach took her wheelchair and pushed her right into the middle of everyone. She started to have players sign her Orthopedic Surgery folder. I saw Nicklas Lidstrom get past me. If you have read my other blog storys you know I have let hockey stars get away before. Now I had Red Wings all around me and they were getting away! Now I saw Johan Franzen and I took her folder and got him to sign it. I turned to see Fox 2 News, and News Radio 950, setting up to interview my grand daughter. TV camera's came on and she gave them her story. That night we watched the news and there she was telling how great it was to see the Red Wings. The next morning I was on my way to her house and I put the car radio on in time to hear my grand daughter's voice telling why she likes the Red Wings. Everyone in Detroit saw her on TV or heard her on the radio. Total strangers would say "I saw you on TV". Now she is doing well, the other fixators are gone now, she can walk some with a walker now, and she will always remember that afternoon at the hospital, her 15 min. of fame, and the kindness of so many strangers.
True story.


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