There’s a lot of waiting when your child is sick. And one thing a three year old does not like to do is wait. It’s uncomfortable. Scary. And just plain boring.
And for Mom and Dad, there’s an extra layer of worry heaped on top of every wait. Waiting for the doctor, waiting for test results, waiting for your child to wake up after surgery, waiting for a fever to pass so she can go outside and play with other kids again.
This is the kind of waiting that dominates every day when your child is fighting for her life.
Mackenzie, for all of her big personality and charm, has become a pro when it comes to patience. But her parents have figured out a few tricks along the way too…meals that travel with you, impromptu puppet shows and when all else fails, they break out the trusty iPad.
A few weeks ago, Mackenzie was whisked back home to North Carolina by Children’s Flight of Hope after her surgery at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. And yesterday, this tough little cookie finished up her last round of chemo. It’s a huge milestone, but now the wait starts again.
This time, Mom and Dad (and Mackenzie’s hundreds and hundreds of supporters) are waiting for that long, cleansing exhale that only comes when you get word that your child has a good chance to live her days without (as much) worry. That’s the most difficult wait of all.