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Update On Baby Maddie AND Say It Now!

Posted on Sep 10, 2014 by Lisa Ricard Claro   No Comments Yet | Posted in Uncategorized

My blog post of April 2nd (The Tears Won’t Stop – Holding On and Letting Go) introduced you to two special ladies: My great-niece Madeline (Maddie), who was in the PICU, having undergone multiple surgeries for a heart defect, and my cousin JoJo, who suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm and passed away shortly thereafter.

At the time I wrote the above referenced post, we were worried about little Maddie, our Warrior Princess. She’s still not out of the woods, but she’s recovering at home now. Thought you’d like to see an updated photo of this little doll-baby. Here’s Maddie, laughing for the camera:


Madeline laughing

Maddie 10-months-old


At just 10-months-old, she still has surgeries slated for sometime after her 3rd birthday. She’s already been through more serious medical procedures than most of us will see in a lifetime. Her daddy (my nephew) tells me she is expected to come off the oxygen over the next few days, and that she has been weaned from all narcotics. Her weight is still in the low 5th percentile, but she’s gaining weight quickly and her last echocardiogram showed great blood flow. Brain damage due to oxygen deprivation appears to have affected her fine motor skills, but to what extent has yet to be determined. This little girl is a fighter! She’s earned her Warrior Princess status. Please continue to keep her and her parents in your thoughts and prayers.

And just look at that happy face!

P.S. If you’d like to help the family care for Maddie, here’s  a link to the Madeline Davis Heart Fund.


Over the past weekend a family friend was involved in a serious motor vehicle accident, due to no fault of his own (he was sitting in his car at a red light when another driver lost control). At this writing he is in the hospital being maintained on life support.

Learning about the accident brought me careening back to our sudden loss of JoJo. It’s never easy to lose someone we love, but when they are ripped from our lives in what feels like an unforeseen attack, there is yet another layer of grief with which we must wrestle. There is the sense of injustice and frustration, and perhaps even fear because that unexpected blow could touch any one of us at any time.

We cannot take even one moment of our lives for granted. This isn’t an earthshattering epiphany. You’ve heard it before and understood it to be true, maybe even said it yourself a time or two.

But did you think of it today? Did you tell your spouse or child, sibling or friend, mom or dad, that you love them and can’t imagine a world without them in it? Did you tell your neighbor or coworker that you’re glad they’re part of your life? Did you give your dog or cat an extra scratch behind the ears? Did you do any of those things today?

Do it. Do it today. Do it now, right this second. You’ll never regret doing it. Pray never to be in a position where you will regret not having done it.

We can’t—and shouldn’t—live our lives as if tragedy is poised to strike, but taking a few moments to appreciate those closest to us will improve our outlook and theirs no matter the circumstances.

Just in case I haven’t told y’all, I love you! I appreciate all of you who come here and read my babblings. For those of you who leave comments, thank you. I love reading what you have to say. I’m happy to know you, honored that you spend some of your precious time here. I don’t take you for granted, not even for a second. Thanks for being part of my life.

Just wanted you to know.

See you next week for more of the Naked Truth.


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