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Bennett Gamel · 1d ago

The calm after the storm

Finally, our family's "chaos knob" has been turned waaaaay down. Quiet. Calm. Predictable. That's the way I would describe our family's life right now.Most children like predictability.  My ...
Bennett Gamel · 4W ago

Bennett returns to school and how he's doing

Bennett was SO nervous that first day back to school a week to the day he had surgery to remove his colostomy. As he rounded the corner to enter the classroom, he pushed his hair to the side...
Bennett Gamel · 1M ago

Colostomy Reversal Day 2

::Edit: Bennett was discharged on Day 3 (Saturday, April 15th).  We were thrilled to able to enjoy Easter as a family.::Yesterday was full of a lot of things...but all of them good!! 1.) Ben...
Bennett Gamel · 1M ago

Colostomy Reversal Surgery Success!

Very early yesterday morning, Brian and the kids and I arrived at Children's Medical Center in Dallas to admit Bennett to surgery for his colostomy reversal/reanastomosis. It was worrisome t...
Bennett Gamel · 1M ago

Flip and float

To prevent toddlers from drowning, swim instructors often teach youngsters to "flip and float": get access to air and save one's energy until help arrives. It's a powerful life-saving strate...
Bennett Gamel · 2M ago

How is Bennett doing with his colostomy?

We're just over 3 weeks in of Bennett having a colostomy.  So, I thought I would share with how he (and our family) are adjusting to this new normal.It took Bennett several weeks to become c...
Bennett Gamel · 3M ago

Update on Bennett

I thought I'd share an update on our life since being home from the hospital.  We are all doing well.  Bennett is now over the flu. And so is Brian.  Thankfully, the rest of us have stayed w...
Bennett Gamel · 3M ago

Flu Positive

I feel like I couldn't make up a crazier story.  Bennett now has the Flu.The nurse detected a spike of fever around 9pm last night. Bennett had not shown any symptoms.  In fact, he was feeli...
Bennett Gamel · 3M ago

Readmitted

I apologize for taking so long to provide this update.  Things felt like they careened out of control for a bit.  But, I think we've finally resolved the problem and will get out soon.  :::h...
Bennett Gamel · 3M ago

Day 7 - We've been Discharged!

We received the sweetest Valentine's surprise yesterday: We were discharged! Yesterday morning, we woke up at 5:45am with several visits from the Pulmonology and Surgical teams (we usually h...