Infusing Love: Hemo Dads

This post is written as a special shout-out to my husband; a hemo dad, and all the other caregivers who have patience just like my husband Shane.
I’m pretty lucky to have a husband who is very involved in Maddox’s infusions. My husband, Shane, gives Maddox his infusions three times a week. As a full-time guidance counselor, I currently have to leave early for work.. When I have a day off I try my hardest to be there to infuse, but it’s Shane who is solely the go to for all of Maddox’s infusion needs.
On Memorial Day I was home, so Shane and I decided to infuse together. Maddox was not having it. He was trying to squirm in his highchair, was drooling and crying (a bad combination to keep the site sterile), and just wanted to be held by his mama. As a side note: Maddox usually never has any problems with his infusions. He sits there with his iPad, and lets Shane infuse with no problem.
I think Maddox was confused as to why I was even there, because this wasn’t his routine. As I tried to hold Maddox calmly Shane tried to go into his port. “I’m missing because he’s moving,” Shane informed me. Shane had to start over again because the needle came out. Attempt number two and Maddox was still not having it. I probably would have thrown the whole kit out the window by now, but Shane just took a deep breath and tried again. I whispered under my breath, “Come on Shane, don’t miss.” Success…blood return! Phew, that definitely was a lot.
I commend my husband, because he truly is amazing. He’s got patience, knowledge, and does well under pressure!
Having a child with hemophilia is not easy by any means; however, it’s crucial to have a strong support network where there is balance. Each infusion is different, along with different needs and severities of hemophilia. Maddox is doing well, and that’s all that matters. He’s got a hemo mom and hemo dad who strive to be the best they can be for him.
Heather lives in Massachusetts with her husband, Shane, and her young sons, Logan and Maddox.
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