Baby Maverick

This blog was created to keep family and friends updated on what's going on with the pregnancy, birth, and surgical plan for Maverick. We'll also be able to keep everyone updated during his surgery and recovery and hopefully be able to show you some cute pictures of him, Maddie, Carter and Chloe along the way.

This was the original intent; however, when we started this blog we had no idea the twists and turns our lives would take. Our sweet baby Maverick was born September 12, 2008 with Transposition of the Great Arteries, ASD, and VSD. We expected to have a baby boy to bring home three to four weeks after his surgery. He had numerous complications after his arterial switch and fought through many that would have taken the life from an adult. He passed away February 24, 2009 - without ever coming home.

This blog is now a place I share my feelings, work through the grief, remember Maverick, and try to make sense out of our life without him. I hope in doing so I am giving a name and a face to babies everywhere born with congenital heart defects.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Preparing Children for the Hospitalization of a Sibling

I wanted to post this assignment from my Health Promotion/Disease Prevention class. The assignment was to do any type of anticipatory guidance handout/brochure. There have been sooo many brochures on immunizations, infant safety, feeding guidelines, child safety, etc. I started thinking about what I learned during our hospitalization with Maverick and what might be helpful to others about to embark on the same type of journey we were on at this time last year. So here it is. I was only able to download it as a jpeg here, but if anyone wants a pdf file of it, send me your email and I'll send it to you. It is a tri-fold brochure and the top is the front and bottom is the inside. Anyone is free to use it as needed. Hopefully it will help another family in a similar situation.

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