Saturday, November 14, 2009

"Against All Odds" Addendum

I have mentioned several times in telling her story, that Maddie is fiesty. I would be extremely remiss if I didn't tell you of one incident that occurred that shows exactly what I mean.

As I said, Maddie had a catheter which had to remain in place until she began to have normal kidney function post-surgery. Now if you have ever experieced this delightful gadget, you will know that there comes a point where it becomes extremely uncomfortable. Well, Maddie hit that point Thursday evening. 

We were all in her room just to be with her and to try to keep her entertained. (Believe me, its not easy for an active 3.5 year old to be pretty much confined for 3 days in a bed that's only 4x6! 

Somewhere mid-evening the catheter became really bothersome and Maddie was (for the first time) in pain. She began to cry and whine in that little voice that every parent knows well.) "Mommy, take it out. It hurts. Please Mommy, take it out." Ratchlet and the nurse tried to explain that it couldn't come out yet and why. Didn't matter to Maddie. "Please Mommy, take it out." Over and over, repeatedly, over the course of what seemed like hours. We could see that it hurt and she was trying her best, but she wanted it gone! It was heart-breaking!

All of a sudden, Maddie sat straight up, and in a very adult voice with no trace of tears or whine, said loud and clear, 

"If you don't take this out right now, I'll say...... dammit!!"

She was 3 and a half years old. That was the very worst thing she could think of to do. It was the only threat she had.

I have never before or since heard anything that was so funny and so unexpected. The 6 adults in the room, almost as one unit, exited into the hall outside her room and exploded with laughter. It was Maddie all over! 

Strong-willed??  Oh, yeah!  Fiesty??  You'd better believe it!!


  1. Ha ha ha ha ha!!! I love it! Not too long ago Chickie started saying, "I'm not supposed to say dammit." And of course she liked to repeat that sentence multiple times. Sigh....

    So, so glad that she didn't have to do chemo or anything. It's hard to believe the whole thing took 6 days plus recovery. That's amazing. Very happy for your miracle girl!

  2. Every time I remember it I laugh out loud. She was so sincere and definite about it. You do what I want or you'll be sorry! So there! What a hoot.

  3. That's hysterical! And how nice that the only bad word she knew was dammit. By daughter said "shit" at the ripe old age of 1.5 when she fell out of a rocker.

  4. Oh yeah, it could have been a whole lot less funny if she knew and words that were worse! And oh, she was so matter-of-fact about it. Funny, funny kid!! Surprises us at every turn.


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