When I found out I was pregnant, the prayer that I always whisper to God's ears was to give me a healthy baby. I still do. I can't stop thanking Him for keeping Mila healthy every single day. The worse Mila had was a few days of loose bowel movement and slight fever. It was the first time I saw her without energy. The spark on her lovely eyes was gone and it drove me crazy. It turned out she was just overfed. The failure of a clueless, newbie mom.
I was already imagining all sorts of horrible things. I imagined her lying in a hospital bed with tubes stuck on her arm. Constant barage of nurses with needles as big as a pen, hurting my baby more. The water works just kept on coming. We really were thinking of the worst.
That's when I really understood the horrors of dealing with your children's sickness. No parent wants to see their kid suffering. There's constant vigilance on making sure she is protected against virus, bacteria and other diseases. You spend thousands on vaccines and vitamins to build her immunity. But life really is full of surprises. It just has a twisted way of challenging us. One day, you have the happiest most beautiful baby, the next day he is suffering from the worst pain you will not wish on your enemy.
Mommy Marie of warriormomandcraniokid.com is living that nightmare. Read on for her story and how to help her little fighter Carlisle:
Carlisle Von Patrick was born as a healthy bouncing baby boy on the morning of March 31st, 2012. Being a single mom who carried him for the whole nine months by myself, I was so overwhelmed that he came out as healthy as I prayed for. Crying out loud, rosy cheeks, birthmark. Everything seems to be perfect. I make sure that he'll not be hurt, no insect will bite him. He was present on monthly check-ups, up-to-date with his vaccines.
On his fourth month, my world froze when we rushed him to ER due to viral meningitis. I thought that would be the end of my unexplainable happiness in life, but thank God that my boy survived.
Series of follow-ups and tests were done and since then, we were in and out of the hospital due to his inconsistent nausea, vomiting, and fever. Doctors thought that his meningitis came back, until one decided to do cranial ultrasound on him, and everything weakens me after that.
Carlisle Von Patrick has been diagnosed with Craniopharyngioma (brain tumor) last February 2013 after his MRI procedure and went on brain surgery to remove the tumor last June 2013 at University of Santo Tomas Hospital. His life was saved, but his eyesight wasn't. He's undergoing constant follow up checks to maintain healthy living. Last update that we had is he needs to go for another surgery because the tumor is getting bigger again.
On September 27, 2014, Buffet 101 Eastwood branch will be hosting a dinner-for-a-cause event for Carlisle. The #DinnerForCarlisle buffet is priced at Php 1,100 for adults and Php 600 for kids 3.5 ft and above. Children below the height limit is considered free of charge. Part of the sales will be for Carlisle's hospital funds. Dinner starts at 5:30 PM.
#WearGreyForCarlisle shirts can also be ordered for P400. Sizes ranges from XS to 3XL.
You can also deposit your donations through these channels under Account Name: Marie Ruth C Berma:
• BPI - Account# 0489653699
• BDO - Account# 005000045298
• LBC Pera Padala (details by request)
We also have setup a GoFundMe account for him, which is http://gofundme.com/CarlisleVonPatrick.
For more details, please like www.facebook.com/HelpForCarlisle or you can message Mommy Marie at firstname.lastname@example.org or 09398836164.