HLHS Dad on the Radio!
Last week I had a really awesome opportunity to share my experiences as a heart dad on a very special internet radio show called Heart to Heart with Anna (http://annamariejaworski.com/). Anna Jaworski is a heart mom herself and does an INCREDIBLE job of finding weekly topics that can help and educate heart families and healthy families alike. I’m serious, she covers some great topics, including sports for boys with CHDs, how CHDs affect parents’ relationships, etc. Really good stuff. I was honored to participate in the show titled “Working vs Stay at Home Dads.” You can listen at any time at this link:
I’m not going try not to spoil the conversation because I want you to listen to it and the great viewpoints brought by the other dad on the show, Michael. I will say that I’m really grateful for people like Anna and Michael, who take the time to share their experiences with others. Once I went back to work in the middle of Nolan’s Norwood recovery, it was very difficult to remain focused, especially since the way ahead seemed to unclear. It was often during this time, on lunch breaks, I would scour the internet for stories, thoughts, ideas…anything that would give me a sense of hope that everything was going to be a-ok for Nolan. Fast-forward to now and I get the privilege of writing this blog as a way to help others, and I couldn’t have done it without those heart parents who paved the way.
There’s lots of great resources out there…positive resources, and I encourage you to connect with other heart families. It’s amazing the amount of support you can get…and hey, I’m always available to help too! I don’t have it all figured out: I don’t pretend to. What I can do, however, is continue to be honest and share what happens with us and Nolan. Hopefully someone will find hope out there just like I did.
To the stay at home heart parents out there: you guys are doing an amazing job. I know the days often blur together, you feel exhausted, and you feel like you’re accomplishing nothing….but please keep it up. You get to spend some special time with your little ones and it’s truly a blessing. Your impact will be seen for years and years.
And for the working parents: you keep it up too. Keep providing, keep doing the best you can, and remember to shut work off once you get home so your family gets all of you. I know sometimes it’s hard to miss cardiology appointments and the like because you have work, and sometimes you want to stay home and hold your heart warrior just a little while longer. Your efforts aren’t in vain, though: you’re working to pay for those life-saving doctor visits, and everything you do, you do to keep your family warm and safe.
Keep it up, heart parents…you’re the best sidekick a heart hero can have!