Disclosure: I received a Walmart gift card in exchange for this post. The Walmart gift cards and information have been provided by P&G. As always, the thoughts and opinions below are entirely my own.
I vividly remember the days leading up to C’s initial hospitalization. The thought of a gtube was a far-off possibility, but then he stopped drinking water or eating food. He stopped climbing, jumping and dancing. He became lethargic. We were told to travel to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, to be admitted. Our stay lasted a few days. He received an NG tube during that visit, which was a feeding tube inserted into his stomach via his nose. We were taught how to measure the tube before each feeding to ensure it was still located in his stomach. We were taught how to tube feed our child formula since he would not eat by mouth.
In those days, with a sick child and an uncertain plan of action, you function on adrenaline and necessity. We were thankful for such wonderful hospital staff to walk us through every step and care for our sweet boy. We would be back for another hospital stay that month, and too many tests and office visits to count over the following two years.
C is not alone. Did you know that 62 children enter a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital for treatment every minute? Your support helps provide 32 million patient visits for 10 million kids every year. So many sick children. So many families stricken with fear and uncertainty.
I was thankful to learn that Walmart and Pampers are donating $200,000 to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in June of 2015. U.S. members hospitals provided $3.4 billion in charity care in 2012. Here’s an infographic to show you how your support can make a difference.
You can visit Walmart.com/cmnh for more information and to make your own donation.
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