Holding Onto Rebekah

Until this past weekend, Bekah’s world has consisted of Akron Children’s Hospital, doctors’ offices, and our house.  The only people who held her other than Chris, me and my mom were medical professionals.

Instead of passing her from person to person, to keep her as germ free as possible before open heart surgery, we enacted a visitor ban. When Bekah was born we were in the middle of remodeling our former sun porch into a future kitchen (we thought we had five more weeks!), and so it is basically closed off from the rest of the house.

It does, however, have a window that looks in on a small room that we use as a library.

Amazingly enough, there were a ton of people who not only understood our rules to keep her germ free, but who were more than willing to drive to our house to stand on the sun porch and look through the window at Bekah.  In fact, my grandparents (who are in their 80’s and 90’s) made a two hour trip three different times just to sneak a peek at the Bekster.  Aunts, uncles and cousins came weekend after weekend (and sometimes on weekdays) just to see how she was doing and to visit with Chris and me.

We had grown accustomed to being isolated, and we were starting to like it.  That’s why this past weekend filled us with more than a little trepidation.  The big weekend started on Friday night, when my parents and brother crossed the barrier and spent a few hours playing with Bekah.  Since my mom had been quarantined with her for months, Bekah wasn’t at all surprised to see Grammy, but after having spent every Friday and Sunday evening looking at them from the inside, Bekah did look a little confused to be on the same side of the window as my dad and brother!

The festivities continued on Sunday when Chris’s parents, brother and nephew came to spend the day with Bekah.  In the midst of the excitement, we finally relaxed a little…which is good because we’re taking her to church to be dedicated at the end of the month! Yikes—people by the tons!  We’ll be taking hand sanitizer by the gallons for ourselves—and reminding people of our new “no touching” policy that we’ve enacted for the next few weeks.

Hey, we’re going for a SLOW germ exposure here…we’ll break into the realm of the sane eventually…we think!

Read the rest of Sarah and Rebekah’s story through her blog, Following Your Heart.

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About Sarah Plant, Patient Family

Sarah Plant and her husband, Christopher, live in Mineral Ridge, Ohio, with their daughter, Bekah, and a rabbit named Gussie. She enjoys bike riding and spending time with friends, family and her fellow church members. Sarah is a stay-at-home mom and former high school English teacher. In her "Following Your Heart" blog, Sarah shares her experiences as a first-time mom whose baby was born with a congenital heart defect as well as a mom of a healthy boy.


  1. Such a loverly story. God Bless you all!!!

  2. One day at a time is past and now one week at a time. Soon it will be month to month and then year to year and before you know it BAM, she will be graduating from high school and off to college. I am not sure who is in the first picture but Bekah is wondering where is this guys hair? I have more than he does!! lol The other picture she seems to be happy to see new faces! Hope to see her soon, I just may stop in to peak through the sun porch window to get a glimpse!

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