Friday, January 2, 2009

Stella Pays a Visit to the Hospital

On New Year's Eve, my nephew, Matthew, was rushed to the hospital due to severe pain in his side. Unfortunately, he had to have emergency appendectomy surgery. After several tests done and a cat scan performed, the doctor had warned my sister and her husband that it looked like Matt's appendix had ruptured which was not good at all. But, praise be to our God that while Matt was in surgery, that was clearly not the case.

We visited Matt at the hospital yesterday and he was completely alert and feeling much better. He was up walking from hall to hall for exercise. I filled Matt in on Stella visiting me from England and how I would really like to get some pictures of Stella with him. He gave me this BIG smile and was happy to do it.

I later warned Stella that there's no telling what she might get into while visiting us. lol!

We did have a pretty awesome outing today that I can hardly wait to share with you, but because Matt was such a sport in agreeing to take a few pictures with Stella, I have to post this first.

What a sport, huh?
Matt is reading the back of Stella to learn more about her. There's not too much writing, he was just curious to read what it said.
Stella is relaxing on a windowsill while Matt was getting some exercise walking down the hall. The hospital still had all their Christmas decorations up. This gingerbread house actually looked better in person than it does in the photo.


Again, Matt is doing much better, but would you say a prayer for him to have a complete and speedy recovery so that he can return to school?

Stay tuned to read all about Stella's big outing today in my next post!

My family is having a ball with her! Morgan even complained and asked why I didn't have any pictures of her and Stella. Who would have ever thought that a teenager would want to be part of this? lol!

39 comments:

Melissa Miller said...

Oh my I'm so glad he is doing okay. I'm praying for his speedy recovery. Stella is just too cute with all her visiting! :)

He And Me + 3 said...

I will pray for a speedy recovery. So glad he is ok. Love all the fun you are having with Stella. Too cute!

Jennifer said...

Poor guy---hoping and praying for a speedy recovery. Glad to see he is up and able to take a few snapshots with Stella. What an honor! Looking forward to more pics of Stella and the family.

Melissa said...

you are too funny with Stella! I bet she's having a blast! ;o)

Sorry that your nephew had to have surgery! Poor little guy! I'll be sure to say a prayer for him!

Alicia said...

Poor little guy! I'm glad he got to the doctor when he did!! What a cutie he is too!!

And who would have thought that having Stella in the picture would make a post so interesting to write about??!!

Amy said...

Bless his heart... praying for a speedy recovery!

Liz said...

Poor guy! I hope he gets well quickly. It's no fun being the hospital.

Stella is just too cute! This is absolutely the most fun thing. I am looking forward to more of her adventures!

Lee said...

I hope he gets well soon! I would hate to have surgery during the holidays, especially as a kid!

Edie said...

I just said a prayer for Matt. I'm so glad he's doing well. Looks like Stella is having the time of her life. Can't wait to see the next outing.

Lindsay-ann said...

Sorry to hear about your nephew being unwell. I will pray for his speedy recovery. I am pleased to hear that Stella brightened his day in the hospital. I look forward to your next post and Stella's big outing.
Best Wishes
Lindsay

Chris said...

I hope your nephew is recovered from his surgery, thank goodness he got there when he did. And, That Stella, she is going to have so many stories to tell. I just love following her.

Hugs,
Chris

Anonymous said...

Stella,
Thanks for visiting my Matthew!! And thank you all for praying for my son. He seems to being much better.

Eventually, I will try blogging when things settle down. I will show him all of your sweet comments when he wakes up.

Blessings & Smiles,
Vickie

Sandy Toes said...

What a sweetie..poor guy!!! Glad his surgery went well!
-sandy toes

Lorrie said...

Oh my Daphine--I'm so glad that Matt is doing fine now, those things are so frightening. He looks like a real sweetie!

You are hilarious to take Stella to the hospital. Matt gets extra points for posing with her!

The Blue Ridge Gal said...

Looks like Stella is earning her nurses cap. Or is she going for Candy Striper of the year... oh, that's right.. they don't have candy stripers anymore... LPN? RN? Go STELLA!!!

Debra said...

Oh Daphine,

I'm so glad Matt is ok. He is a sport to pose with Stella after what he had been through!

I'll keep him in my prayers. Hugs to you, my friend.

Brandi said...

I pray that Matt feels better soon! He is such a cutie!

Stacey said...

Matt is so cute! He's the perfect age to have Stella visit. :)

So glad he's doing well!!

Darlene said...

How scary for Matt...I am glad everything is well. I am praying for a speedy recovery. He is young so I predict he will heal very quickly....they seem to bounce back! I'm glad Stella was there to comfort Matt.

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hope Matt continues to improve! It's fun keeping up with Stella!

Brenda said...

Glad your nephew is doing better. He's a cute and happy kid.

I guess I don't understand about Stella.

Heather said...

aww poor Matt! I'm so glad they got him to the hospital before it ruptured. I'll add him to our prayers for a quick recovery. Good thing Stella was there to put a smile on his face :)

michele said...

I will pray for a speedy recovery for Matt. This Stella journey is delightful~ I love hearing about her adventures!!

Neabear said...

Whoa! What an unexpected detour for Stella! I hope Matt gets better fast. Can't wait to see what else Stella will be up to at your house!

Michele said...

I will say a prayer that he gets better very soon! Praise Jesus for the speedy treatment he received. God Bless!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I'm so glad your nephew is OKAY! Praise God, Daphine! And it looks like Stella is a good nurse!

XO,

Sheila

Melanie said...

Hia Daphine, thanks for visiting me. I'm glad youe nephew is doing a lot better. Gosh how scarey! I hope he recovers quickly.

It looks like you had a real fun Christmas. :-)

Hello Stella from us in England.

Happy New Year

LisaShaw said...

Abba Father,

We bless Your holy name and we are ever so appreciative that we can gather together in prayer, at your feet, at your throne and receive all that we stand in need of. We lift precious Matt before You and we thank You for being with him through the surgery and we thank You in advance for restoring his little body. We pray Your hedge of protection to continue upon him and his family and we thank You Abba and we love You in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. Amen.

Dawn said...

Oh your poor nephew!!! I hope he is doing better! He looks like he's feeling ok. He has a great smile! I'm glad it wasn't as bad as the doctor's had thought! I wish him a healthy, speedy recovery!

take care,
Dawn

Look Beyond The Picket Fence said...

Happy New Year! I am starting to enter the world of blogging again. Catching up with all my "blog friends". Sorry to hear about your nephew. Glad he is on the mend. Looks like your holidays were fun. I am also sorry to hear about the movie incident. You did tell a nice story though.
Stella sure looks like she is having fun!
denise

April said...

Daphine!

I'm so sorry to hear the news about your nephew, but glad to know that he's ok. Hope his recovery continues to go well. That Stella...she just HAD to get in the mix of things! See, I told you she was a camera hound!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Rebekah said...

So glad that he is well and recovering! It sounds like you are showing Stella the time of her life! :)

Beth E. said...

Awww, poor little guy...tell Matt we're praying for him! And that Stella...she's quite a traveler, isn't she?! Looking forward to more pics of her :o)

Named Alicia said...

He's such a little guy for that kind of problem. Poor thing! I pray he recovers quickly. He did look like he was in good spirits. I'm glad Stella enjoyed her visit to the hospital ;-)

Jill said...

I hope your nephew is feeling better. Poor little guy. I know Stella will have a blast with you guys. I loved the pic with her and Gucci. Too cute :)

Rick said...

Hello Daphine, Please forgive my boldness, but I am doing a bit of blog surfing to invite people over to my blog for my 2nd annual giveaway. Rest assured, this isn't some kind of gimmick. It's just my way of celebrating. I am giving away a free caricature drawn by me, plus a few other prizes. I hope that you will do me the honor of coming over to take a look.

Jennifer Raack said...

I've not had time to check blogs lately due to Paul's surgery. I'm sad to hear that Matt had to have surgery but I am happy to hear that the appendix wasn't ruptured. I had the same surgery two years ago and the recovery was not bad at all. I'm glad to hear Matt is doing so well and that Stella was able to bring a smile to his face.

Tell Vickie I'm praying for them!

Life with Kaishon said...

So sweet! This just made my day SO much better. What a blessing your family is! I will pray for that him too!

Sherry said...

I hope Matt has a speedy recovery and so glad he enjoyed Stella's visit. She does tend to bring a smile to everyone's face!

A Stella Stalker
Sherry