Ben Is Home! Woo Hoo!

Just over a week ago Ben had his third brain surgery within a period of 13 months.  Three days after this most recent surgery he was out and about again in New York City, and he DID get to go to a New York Yankees baseball game.

 

NYPD

Out and about with one of his heroes, an officer from the New York Police Department

 

 

One day after the ball game, Ben was headed home.  His happy face on the airplane tells the story.  Soooo happy to go home, he later told me the hospital was like a “monster” to him.

Headed home

 

On his arrival home he was greeted by an outpouring of welcomes from his sweet little neighbor friend.

 

And some Welcome Home balloons from his G-Pa and me.

Welcome balloons

 

Ben’s mom went back to work later in the week, and Ben’s dad stayed home with him.  Isn’t that great that Ben could spend that time with his dad?!  And what a wonderful time they had together.  Here is a Facebook post from dad:

- Pack of chewing gum from street vendor......$3 - One night in the NYC Ronald McDonald House......$35 - NYC cab fare to go five miles......$45 - Major brain surgery by the best doctor in the world......$250,000 - Getting to work outside (at home) with my "best pal" when  exactly one week ago we were told he had a life-threatening  condition......BLESSED (and priceless)!!!

– Pack of chewing gum from street vendor……$3
– One night in the NYC Ronald McDonald House……$35
– NYC cab fare to go five miles……$45
– Major brain surgery by the best doctor in the world……$250,000
– Getting to work outside (at home) with my “best pal” when
exactly one week ago we were told he had a life-threatening
condition……BLESSED (and priceless)!!!

 

My husband and I finally were able to visit with Ben yesterday.  We had kept his little dog while he was in New York, and we met the family half-way between their house and ours (we live two and a half hours away) so we could visit for a little while and let Ben take his dog back home.  It was so good to see this smiling face…

Yesterday's visit

As always, please continue to keep Ben in your thoughts and prayers.  As a result of his ordeal, he has lost some range of motion in one foot and now walks with that foot turned inward.  At Dr. B’s request, Ben’s mom and dad have contacted his pediatrician to arrange for physical therapy.  Tomorrow, Ben also will begin formal swimming lessons which not only should be fun for him but also could help stretch and strengthen the muscles in his foot.  I will keep you posted…

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