That's a Wrap....Almost!
April 20, 2017
BENEFITING: Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
ORGANIZER: Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
EVENT: 2017 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2017
Massachusetts Eye and Ear clinicians and scientists are driven by a mission to find cures for blindness, deafness and diseases of the head and neck.
Each year almost 300,000 people - adults and children - from more than 80 countries seek care at Mass. Eye and Ear and more than 20,000 of them undergo life-changing surgery.
This includes my 3 year old son, Rhys. Rhys was diagnosed with torticollis at birth, requiring physical therapy and a corrective helmet for the resulting plagiocephaly.
When Rhys was 1, he began failing the hearing exams given by his local pediatrician. We were referred to Mass. Eye and Ear where Dr. Keamy treated Rhys with his first set of ear tubes. The results were amazing! Rhys began talking (nonstop!) and it was incredible to see how the tubes immediately improved his hearing.
A few months before his 3rd birthday, we became concerned with Rhys' increased snoring and the development of sleep apnea. We were amazed when Rhys' Auntie Katie, a Pediatric Nurse Practictioner, showed us his tonsils....and they were practically touching!! Back to Mass. Eye and Ear we went where Dr. Keamy evaluated Rhys and determined that he needed a tonsillectomy. But while the tubes procedure was a mere 10 minutes, this time Rhys would be put under general anesthesia for close to an hour.
As any parent can imagine, agreeing to put your toddler through a surgery like this was not an easy decision. And due to Rhys' young age, he and I would have to stay overnight so his oxygen levels could be closely monitored. But we were confident in the capabilities of Dr. Keamy and the Pediatric staff at Mass. Eye and Ear.
From the desk staff who greeted us at our early morning arrival to the doctors and nurses who cared for Rhys over the next 36 hours, we were contstantly met with a smiling face and kind, caring words. From the distraction of the toy room to the never-ending supply of popsicles and Mickey Mouse movies, the nurses on the Pediatric recovery floor made sure that Rhys was recovering with minimal pain.
Rhys is now a thriving 3 year old and my family is so grateful for all of the care we received at Mass. Eye and Ear. All donations that I receive will be directed to the Pediatric unit so please consider supporting me as I run my 1st Marathon on Team Mass. Eye & Ear!