On an ordinary Tuesday in July 2018, my 3 year old was jumping on a couch with her 6 year old brother nearby. She fell and bumped her chin, causing her teeth to clamp down on a chunk of her tongue. I took her to our local emergency room where they debated about how to close the wound and ultimately decided to send her to Boston Children's Hospital to leverage their expertise. Closing the wound turned out to be a moot point as the ER staff at Boston Children's quickly realized there was something more worrisome. The bleeding had not slowed at all, even after four hours. They acted quickly, taking a blood sample and having it analyzed. My husband and I anxiously awaited the results, trying not to let our minds wander to worst case scenarios. Soon we learned that our daughter had Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura, which can show up randomly in children when antibodies start attacking platelets, and that we'd be staying two nights to monitor her dangerously low platelet levels.
When I heard about an all-day yoga-thon that would benefit Boston Children's Hospital, I immediately thought of all the parts of our stay that made it as pleasurable as possible. The wonderful nursing staff, the world-renowned doctors and medical teams, the Child Life Specialists, the play rooms, the visits from clowns - they work so hard to infuse magic into a hospital experience. I'm honored to try and give something back.
I'm so grateful that the talented and knowledgable staff recognized the signs of ITP and I shudder to think what could've happened if it hadn't been properly diagnosed. Please support me in helping BCH continue their amazing work.