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Dec 4, 2017

Cases Of Love

Our Little Cases of Love Helpers
Our Little Cases of Love Helpers

Summary;

A charity of nurses has created vital care packages called, "Cases of LOVE." As pediatric nurses, we know Texas may soon be facing an unprecedented health crisis. Our most precious and vulnerable flood ravaged infants and children are at risk. Their little bodies are now primed for illness, Post Traumatic Stress Disorders and Failure-to-Thrive issues. Our Cases Of Love care packages are cases stuffed with love, and the needed nourishing supplies to help them survive and thrive.

The On-Going Need:

Numerous families are still deeply impacted by the devastating floods from hurricane Harvey. Recently, an organization that shelters more than 500 women, infants and children has reached out to Angels In Waiting to seek more "infant cases of love," for their growing infant population. Numerous individuals and families are still displaced from Harvey’s destructive floodwaters and are still residing within homeless shelters and camping sites throughout Huston Texas.

Our goal is to provide the basic necessities for survival in our cases of love packages. We are happy to announce that we are sending additional infant-cases of love to one of the largest shelters for women and children in Huston, Texas. The shelter has promised that all of our “Infant-Cases of Love” will be delivered to victims who have been directly impacted by hurricane Harvey.

Gratitude:

We would like to directly express our heartfelt thanks to you and to our cherished donors! One donor in particular, donated over $3,000 towards our Cases of Love cause and we would like to extend our appreciation and gratitude for this gracious donation.

Furthermore, our comfort penguin Sammy appears to have been a great hit among the children, who have been deeply affected by this devastating hurricane.

Cases Of Love Infant with Sammy
Cases Of Love Infant with Sammy
Our Last Boxes Ready for Inspection & Shipment
Our Last Boxes Ready for Inspection & Shipment

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Oct 17, 2017

One More Angel Finds a Forever Home...

Chrystal's Papers Into Her Forever Home
Chrystal's Papers Into Her Forever Home

Crystal was born in Sacramento in 2008. Her parents were from Mexico and spoke little English and had limited resources and finances.  The pregnancy was uneventful and without complications. However, soon after birth it became very clear that Crystal had a serious medical condition.  Crystal failed to breathe when she was asleep.  At 3 days of life Crystal was diagnosed with Congenital Central Hypoventilation Syndrome (CCHS),  a very serious, rare and deadly disease.  In order for Crystal to survive she would need to be hooked up to a machine (ventilator) that 'breathed' for her when she was sleeping.  She would also require a tracheotomy (hole in her neck to her lungs) to connect to this breathing machine.  The complexity of care that Crystal required was significantly more than her parents could provide and Crystal was placed in CPS custody. And this is where Crystal's story goes from sad to unbelievably terrible...

for the next 8 years of Crystal's life was spent in a hospital. Yes, 8 years.

Crystal resided in a peds-subacute nursing home facility for nearly 3,000 days/nights.

During these years Crystal was kept alive....but she was NOT living..

She had a bed, a tv and an iPad. No family. No visitors. No mom. No dad. Just hospital staff that was over worked and under paid. 

She was treated like an invalid and was not taught how to eat, go potty on a toilet, or even talk. 

She wore a diaper, had a G-tube for nearly all her nutrition and was spoon fed puréed baby mush 3 times a day.  She was never given water in a cup. She was on a continuous pulse oximeter that acted like a ball and chain inhibiting her movement drastically.  She did not communicate with others and her language was nearly incomprehensible.  She ate inappropriate objects and required to be hospitalized several times each year when she lived in the peds-sub acute hospital for various reasons.  She was on over 10 medications daily. She would watch TV or play on her iPad all day, everyday.  

In February 2016 Crystal finally got the chance to start living.

Crystal was taken in by an Independent RN foster mom and dad!

And this is were Crystal's story goes from unbelievably horrible to wonderful!

For the first time in Crystal's life she had a mom, dad, brother, dog and cat.  She was LOVED! And she had 2 experienced ICU nurses caring for her. The consistent nursing and benefits of being in a loving home had a drastic impact on Crystal's health and well being! She now had rules, expectations and stimuli.  She flourished and within 6 months she was potty trained, eating all of her nutritional needs by mouth (G-tube was removed), learning how to communicate, attending special ed school, running, jumping, riding a trike and on zero medications!

Crystal had MANY 1st experiences...she flew on a plane, rode a horse, watched a parade, went camping, played at the beach, went grocery shopping, played at a playground free from her pulse oximeter....

And Crystal continues to have many 1st experiences since she continues to grow and flourish.  She has never been healthier (has not had a hospitalization since she moved into foster home) and she definitely has not been happier.   And as of October 2017 her Independent RN foster parents officially became her legal guardians and Crystal is no longer a foster child!!!

Crystal is an amazing example of perseverance and how RN foster moms/dads are saving children with love and nursing through a program called Angels In Waiting. 

Family Love
Family Love

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Oct 17, 2017

One More Angel Finds a Forever Home...

Chrystal's Court Papers Into her Forever home
Chrystal's Court Papers Into her Forever home

Crystal was born in Sacramento in 2008. Her parents were from Mexico and spoke little English and had limited resources and finances.  The pregnancy was uneventful and without complications. However, soon after birth it became very clear that Crystal had a serious medical condition.  Crystal failed to breathe when she was asleep.  At 3 days of life Crystal was diagnosed with Congenital Central Hypoventilation Syndrome (CCHS),  a very serious, rare and deadly disease.  In order for Crystal to survive she would need to be hooked up to a machine (ventilator) that 'breathed' for her when she was sleeping.  She would also require a tracheotomy (hole in her neck to her lungs) to connect to this breathing machine.  The complexity of care that Crystal required was significantly more than her parents could provide and Crystal was placed in CPS custody. And this is where Crystal's story goes from sad to unbelievably terrible...

for the next 8 years of Crystal's life was spent in a hospital. Yes, 8 years.

Crystal resided in a peds-subacute nursing home facility for nearly 3,000 days/nights.

During these years Crystal was kept alive....but she was NOT living..

She had a bed, a tv and an iPad. No family. No visitors. No mom. No dad. Just hospital staff that was over worked and under paid. 

She was treated like an invalid and was not taught how to eat, go potty on a toilet, or even talk. 

She wore a diaper, had a G-tube for nearly all her nutrition and was spoon fed puréed baby mush 3 times a day.  She was never given water in a cup. She was on a continuous pulse oximeter that acted like a ball and chain inhibiting her movement drastically.  She did not communicate with others and her language was nearly incomprehensible.  She ate inappropriate objects and required to be hospitalized several times each year when she lived in the peds-sub acute hospital for various reasons.  She was on over 10 medications daily. She would watch TV or play on her iPad all day, everyday.  

In February 2016 Crystal finally got the chance to start living.

Crystal was taken in by an Independent RN foster mom and dad!

And this is were Crystal's story goes from unbelievably horrible to wonderful!

For the first time in Crystal's life she had a mom, dad, brother, dog and cat.  She was LOVED! And she had 2 experienced ICU nurses caring for her. The consistent nursing and benefits of being in a loving home had a drastic impact on Crystal's health and well being! She now had rules, expectations and stimuli.  She flourished and within 6 months she was potty trained, eating all of her nutritional needs by mouth (G-tube was removed), learning how to communicate, attending special ed school, running, jumping, riding a trike and on zero medications!

Crystal had MANY 1st experiences...she flew on a plane, rode a horse, watched a parade, went camping, played at the beach, went grocery shopping, played at a playground free from her pulse oximeter....

And Crystal continues to have many 1st experiences since she continues to grow and flourish.  She has never been healthier (has not had a hospitalization since she moved into foster home) and she definitely has not been happier.   And as of October 2017 her Independent RN foster parents officially became her legal guardians and Crystal is no longer a foster child!!!

Crystal is an amazing example of perseverance and how RN foster moms/dads are saving children with love and nursing through a program called Angels In Waiting. 

Family Fun
Family Fun

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