Thursday, October 28, 2004

Semi-Sweet Victory

As she so often does, Maureen said it best: "I feel like we're in one of those bank robbery movies when everything goes wrong."

Like those caper flicks, we'd thought of everything.

We received clearance from Beaumont doctors to bring in a radio so Will could hear the final out of the Sox's World Series victory, something Joel has waited 34 years to hear. We left St. Clair Shores in the fifth inning and arrived at Beaumont by the seventh. We had a fancy bottle of champagne hidden in our backpack. We had fresh batteries for the radio.

We had everything, except a radio signal.

We watched a few innings in the family waiting room. Not smart. By 10:30 p.m., the tears in hospital waiting rooms aren't usually for millionaires trying to reverse a make-believe curse.

By 11, we were in Will's room with the radio. By 11:10, we realized we'd be lucky to pick up a weather signal, much less a baseball game. By 11:15, we were trying to find a security guard to buzz us out of the NeoNatal Intensive Care to watch the final inning of the World Series. By 11:30, we were back in the waiting room. We'd missed the entire inning, and walked in just as the Sox were celebrating.

We settled for a whispered kiss and message to Will that we were together when miracles happened, faith perservered and long-shots became sure things.

We know the folly of pinning life-and-death hopes to entertaining distractions, but we're happy that we can tell Will in 10 years or so we were together when the Sox won the World Series, even if -- like so much in life -- things hardly worked out as planned.

And lately, we've felt so much better about making long-range plans.

Will is doing well. He's up to 2 pounds, 12 ounces, back on the C-PAP breathing tube through his nose, and seems to have really taken to his feedings. A full skeletal X-ray this week revealed no abnormalities.

We pulled into the driveway about 12:10 and popped the champagne by 12:12. Maureen was in rare form.

"I have a son and the Red Sox won the World Series. Who's life am I leading?"


Blogger Grandma Clem said...

Congrats to you and the newest Red Sox fan! Taped the game so you and Will can see it in its entirety someday.
Keep the good news coming.
Love you all..

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