We have. Kevin's work had a blood drive yesterday, so Kevin, Kinley and I thought it was important to give back. Obviously Kinely was not able to donate, but I gave her my sticker because I knew she would have donated if she could have. Neither Kevin nor I had donated blood before, but after Kinley's stay at Children's Mercy we know how important it is now. If you remember, the reason Kinley came off of ECMO was because she was bleeding too much after her repair surgery. I can't remember exactly how many transfusions Kinley had the day she came off of ECMO, and frankly I don't want to, but it was that blood, among other things that saved her life. It wasn't just that one day either, Kinley needed blood on several other occasions while at Children's Mercy.
Everyone at the blood drive was really nice and helpful. They all said how cute Kinley was and when they heard her story and why we were donating blood they asked if they could take our picture. There is a chance Kinley might end up in a calendar promoting blood donation.
Here are a couple of pics that I took once we got home. If you look closely you can see the sticker I gave Kinley saying "First Time Donor".
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
A couple of weeks ago we took Kinley to...where else...Walgreens so that she could meet Santa. We warned the photographer that Kinley would probably start to cry right away, so the quicker he could take the picture the better. We didn't have to warn Santa because, well, he is Santa and he already knows what Kinley has been up to. Aside from crying whenever someone other than Kevin or I holds Kinley, she has been a really good girl this year! She even surprised us and didn't cry at all for her picture with Santa. She must have know that she should be extra good if she wanted a lot of presents this Christmas. I guess she learned that lesson early. Anyway, it was a good trip to meet Santa. Kinley was very well behaved and we didn't have to wait in line at all to see Santa, Kinley got the VIP treatment.