June 22, 2011
On June 6, we were invited by Dr. G to join him and another transplant family at the Cincinnati Reds game to surprise Dr. Ben. This was also one of those moments in life that we won't ever forget. Dr. Ben is unfortunately leaving us at the end of the month to take an attending position at CHOP (Children's Hospital of Philadelphia). As most of you know, Dr. Ben has been with Max since the beginning of his fellowship. Max was only 6 weeks old when we met Dr. Ben. Little did we know that on July 1, 2008 we would meet one of the doctors that would not only make a huge impact on our lives with his bedside manner and easy going personality, but we had just met someone who was going to have a huge part in saving our son's life. Dr. Ben never made a decision about Max's care without confronting Tim or I to ask our opinion. If we were unsure of something, Ben would be there to answer any of our questions and if he didn't know the answer he wasn't afraid to say so. If he didn't hear from us after a couple of weeks he would call or email us just to check in and make sure everything was still going well. He went out of his way to come to the dialysis unit every time Max was there for a treatment to make sure he was doing well and to see if we needed anything. He came in on his day off once because something unexpected happened to Max. Guys, these are just a handful of the things that he did for us as a fellow. Can you imagine what kind of attending he is going to be? Dr. Ben is going to be one of the best attending doctors that CHOP has ever seen. We are so devastated that we aren't going to be apart of it, but we are overjoyed that we got him for the three years of his fellowship. As heartbreaking as it is to lose a doctor like him, we wouldn't have traded the time that we have gotten with him. He got Max, Tim and I through the hardest 3 years of our lives. It's impossible to repay someone for saving your son's life. All we can do is take comfort in the fact that what Dr. Ben learned in his three years of being Max's fellow will help him in saving another child's life and that is enough to put us at peace with him leaving CCHMC. Dr. Ben- you will never be replaced and will be missed greatly. Remember that you are always welcome to come back :)
On June 20th, Tim and I signed a contract on our new home. We got word that our financing was approved and that we will be closing on July 29th. We are so very excited about our new adventure in our new home!
Enjoy the rest of your June! We will see you all again in July.
PS: For some reason I am not able to load more than one picture at a time due to computer issues. I promise to get pictures of our Gatlinburg trip and of our night at the Red's game up as soon as my computer will allow me to do so. I just didn't want to delay the update any longer :)