Mia was visited by a couple of studs yesterday. They also brought along two guys who happen to play soccer for a living.
Johnny Kimball ( I think he goes by “John”, but I’ve always known him as “Johnny”, and he’s too nice a guy not to call him by his childhood moniker) and Brook Bingham, both who work for and with ReAL Salt Lake Soccer, and who are friends and fellow Sigma Chi’s, went out of their way to bring Nick Rimando (Goal Keeper) and Kyle Beckerman (Midfield/RSLCaptain) to the hospital to meet Mia and our new friend, Kendra Muller. Kendra is currently in the N.T.U., but was in the P.I.C.U. with us for about a month. She is also a soccer player (like Mia) and suffered a spinal chord injury that has temporarily put her on the sidelines.
Johnny and the boys brought Mia and Kendra their own ReAL Home Jersey’s with their names on the back!!! Mia get’s to share Nick’s number (18), and Kendra shares Kyles (5). I will tell you, we had to fight the nurses off the boys, and Heidi’s one regret is that she didn’t get a photo with them herself!! I had to wipe the drool off Heidi’s cheek after they left!
It was very special and so very thoughtful of them all to take the time to come support these girls. They lifted their spirits and gave them something to remember.
I just wanted to tell everyone that these guys are not only great athletes, they are also men of quality, of compassion, and well spoken, too. Which is surprising! Right?! I mean, aren’t these guys just supposed to be just “Jock’s”? I know a common assumption is that professional athletes are all supposed to be self-serving and egotistical. And I suppose in many cases, it may be true. But, after meeting these two men, I was impressed. Nick even offered to come back by to visit again if we ever needed him, and we invited both of them to the next gathering in our back yard around the Jesus Barrel. Mia hopes to be Nick’s next baby-sitter, and the next time we have a party, Kyle said he would bring the team over. I warned him about the house rules about the hot-tub, and he said that was no problem. Anybody interested in attending the next party, let us know. :-) I’ll be taking bids for who gets to join the boys from ReAL in the hot tub at the next party…… all proceeds go to Mia. Heidi’s not allowed in the hot-tub any more. ;-) jk. But seriously…… these are good men. And we thank them.
The only tense moment was when I asked Kyle, since he couldn’t kiss Mia due to her immune suppression, if perhaps I could get a kiss or hug instead?? I mean, c’mon?! SOMEONE in the family ought to score one off the RSL dread-locked ‘heart throb’!?! And if Heidi was too shy to ask,….. I certainly am not! I already asked, and finally received!, a hug from the new Head of Surgery, Dr. Gruber! (Who was part of Mia’s transplant), contrary to all predictions from the nursing staff- and much to their delight! So, why not from Kyle??
And I may have poured it on too much when I suggested Kyle get a feather or two put into his hair in support of Mia? I showed him mine, but after I’d just asked for a hug or kiss, I think it might have put him over the edge? Anyway,…….. c’est la vie!
So, I just have to comment on how wonderful it was for Kendra to meet Kyle, who she had written a paper on in school, and who was her soccer ‘idol’. I took a picture when Kyle asked if he could give Kendra a kiss on the cheek. You should have seen her smile!!! well, I guess you will! (if I can figure out how to upload another picture! sorry, Brian! I’m horrible at this stuff!)
It’s another day, and Mia is on the Bi-Pap machine, instead of the t-tube. Which is nice. But it comes with it’s own set of ‘negatives’. Like, try sticking your head out of the car window at 60 mph, and try to breath comfortably………. for 24 hours a day, days and days in a row?? It’s brutal. But it’s air. And without it, Mia can not support herself. So, unless we have to replace the t-tube, she remains on the full face mask. It’s exhausting, and she can’t talk and barely hear over the noise of the rushing air.
She so appreciates hearing from you all, as she surfs her website and reads all that she can. She is one tough kid, as we all know. But she’s also a 12 year old ‘little’ girl. And she looks forward to a day when she can see all of you again.
For now, …… that is all. I’m off to work for the day. Thanks to my incredible staff and patients, for being tolerant and supportive.
I’m STILL the luckiest guy you know.
With love and Appreciation,
TBrick of THEMBricks
ps. Baking Soda. It’s what’s good for you. or, your teeth.