April 27, 2013

X – for X ray & Xmas


I could not really find words for X, the word that was coming was X-ray, and this word for me is a painful word, as it reminded me of my son Emmanuel, who was very prone for respiratory issues. I had take extra care to protect him.  

Whenever he had cough and cold, the doctors would advise me to take an x-ray, and for Emmanuel it would be fun, to remove his shirt and stand smiling, the lab technician would be so amused, he would carry him and hug him. 


Then came December 2010, Hyderabad was 7 degrees, and it was too much for Emmanuel to bear, we celebrated his 7th birthday, without knowing that it would be the last birthday of his life. Emmanuel went to school, cut the cake, shared with the doctor as well as his friends in school, and was having light temperature, as usual we took him to the pediatrician, and he was on antibiotic for a week.

This time the fever did not come down, and we had to continue to treat him for another week, and then it continued for another week of taking X-ray every alternate day, as the doctors diagnosed as bronchial pneumonia, which led him to the ventilator and within a week he was no more among us….. but continues to live in our lives.

Another word for X is Xmas, which was one of the beautiful experiences with family, when Emmanuel was around. My daughter  loved the Christmas tree, and was all excited to decorate it and Emmanuel was helping her with whatever she required, sometimes playing with it, and getting scolding from her sister, sometimes obediently picking up the decorative materials and giving her.

I had fun watching them struggle to blow balloons, and playing around.  X mas is also a time of giving, and my daughter Dorothy loved gifts.  In order to surprise both of them, I used to pack gifts and hide  and put it on the table on X mas morning, telling that Santa had come, when they were asleep and left these gifts for them. 

Now that Emmanuel is no more, and Dorothy has grown up.  The meaning of X mas  continues to evolve as we keep growing. I love to quote Mother Teresa who says “ It is Christmas every time you let God love others through you… yes it is Christmas every time you smile at your brother/sister and offer him your hand.”  I thank all of you for being kind to me, and made me think, smile, laugh through your blogs, this challenge has been  like X mas for me.

Be Blessed & Be Happy!
Today I'm on X of the Blogging From A to Z April Challenge.
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23 comments:

  1. Such a simple yet touching post. I am sure your son is happy wherever he is and is looking out for you.
    Bhavya
    Just Another Blog

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    1. So true ! thanks for your kind words, appreciate you !

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  2. Am so sorry for your loss, Genevive! A big tight hug for you!

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    1. Thanks a ton shilpa ! it was nice to hear from you..

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  3. Genevieve, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I had tears in my eyes when I was reading this post. But then soon after I finished reading it, a thought struck me. You have connected the X in X-ray with X-mas. And I began to see a connection. Your son had a beautiful name. Emmanuel means God is with us. Emmanuel is with Him in Heaven. Beautiful post, and hugs to you.

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    1. Thanks cynthia, it was a choice to call him Emmanuel, as I did not know what was expected of me to bring up a down syndrome child, and I wanted to be assured each time I called him emmanuel, I comforted myself, saying God is with us.. appreciate you for your comments !

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  4. I like how Cynthia has put it. From x-ray to x-mas. A touching post. Hugs to you.

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    1. Thanks, I am glad you liked my post, appreciate you for your comments !

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  5. Some beautiful pics and words.
    Hugs to you.

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    1. Thanks !for stopping by.. appreciate you !

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  6. ((HUGGS))Heartfelt post there ..

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  7. Your Emmanuel was truly an X-mas gift to everyone he touched - through him and you I learned many lessons in faith, love and hope - what better Christmas gifts! ♥

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    1. Thanks a million corinne! I am glad for Emmanuel, and what he brought into my life, thanks for being my strength, love you !

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  8. Good "X" post. New follower here. I'm stopping by from the "A to Z" challenge and I look forward to visiting again.

    Sylvia
    http://www.writinginwonderland.blogspot.com/

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    1. welcome ! Thanks for being here, appreciate you for your comments.

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  9. Very sweet but sad post - brought tears to my eyes. I love how you say it's Christmas each time you let God love others through you. Sending you lots of hugs and love your way.

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    1. Thanks suzie, it was nice meeting you here in this challenge, I am so thankful for your comments, appreciate you for being YOU !

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  10. Emmanuel means God is with us. And truly God is with you, Genevive. He watches over you as a special angel. And what courage you have to bare your soul such. Someday, I hope I too can. Beautiful post. Love and hugs.


    Dropping by from AtoZ
    BlogwatiG

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    1. Thanks for your kind and affirming words. It means a lot, and I am glad to have found you in this challenge !

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