Experience Akron Children's through the eyes - and hearts - of our parent bloggers as they capture the ups and downs - joys and fears - of parenting. Our parent contributors hope that by sharing their stories, they may help others. Feel free to join the conversation.

Going out of the way for MRI results

For the first time we didn’t have a cardiology appointment in September. We’re spreading them out to a little over a year apart for the next few appointments so they won’t fall during the school year. Instead, Bekah had an appointment with Dr. Lawhon, eye doctor extraordinaire.

Day rehab grad

We officially have a muscle school graduate. What an amazing journey. We could not have asked for a better experience. We watched Jordan go from externally rotating his right leg out before surgery, to wincing at each crawl, to attempting to stand with his walker, getting new bracing to help with support, walking so tall with his braces and keeping his toes pointed forward, going the distance then walking with canes.

Akron Children’s ambulance is one of the most beautiful vehicles on earth

I grew up seeing cars every day. My dad owns an auto body repair shop. But there is vehicle that always stops me in my tracks, brings a tear to my eye, and a prayer to my heart – Akron Children’s transport van.

Day rehab program helps Jordan move forward by leaps and bounds

Jordan has officially hit the ground running (with his braces and walker) in Akron Children’s day rehab program, which we call Muscle School. We are beyond blessed to have a program that will allow children to receive such an extensive amount of therapy after surgery. Dr. Baird first mentioned it when we met in January. […]

3-2-1 Cast off

We had been counting down and looking forward to Jordan’s big day of having his cast removed. Neither Randy nor I have ever had a cast or experienced seeing one removed so we were interested to see how Jordan’s little body would be set free. Will, an orthopedic tech, came in and explained how the machine would work as it would cut the cast but not his skin.

Lifelong bonds form in NICU

Friends come about in all sorts of ways. Some grow up together because their parents are friends, some we meet at school or church or the park. Sometimes, in the midst of life, young or old, we end up with people who have things in common with us. We share friends or interests that repeat often enough that we can’t seem to escape knowing one another.