Samuel Nolan Ramsey
Born April 18, 2002 to Sam and Nancy Ramsey
Big brother Cooper and Big Sister Mackenzie
8lbs 14ozs 20 inches
I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them. Isaiah 42:16
This website was created to keep family and friends informed on the progress of Nolan. Nolan went through a cord blood transplant for a metabollic disorder called Hurler Syndrome. Nolan was diagnosed on January 24, 2003. His transplant was April 4, 2003 at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. Nolan is 100% engrafted and developing well. Nolan still has GVHD problems, many orthopedic issues and is developmentaly delayed but we have hope for a wonderful future for him and thank you for the continued prayers and support for our precious son. You can learn more about Hurlers on the MPS Society Web
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Thursday, September 12, 2013 9:47 AM EST
Not what we wanted to hear!
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On Tuesday Nolan had his first post op appointment with Dr. Ain. We did not hear what we wanted to hear, yes the x-rays looked ok, nothing pulled out or moved, but Dr. Ain did explain a few things to us. First being that this was a redo surgery, Nolanís bones are mush, so we will have to be extra careful while healing. Second we did not understand the severity of not keeping Nolan in his brace locked straight 24/7.( There was some major miscommunication on his part) We had been letting Nolan sit in a chair with his brace on and ride in the car and sit up for eating, he has taken showers and even slept once or twice without the brace on (itís hot and uncomfortable) BUT Dr. Ain made it clear Nolan is not to be out of the brace at all, or sitting up at all!!! In all the 11 years we have been dealing with doctors I have never been reamed like I was on Tuesday or told how disappointed he was in us as parents (even though it was really his own negligent instructions). Now because we had not kept the brace on 24/7 or locked straight Nolan will now have to wear the brace another 3 months instead of another 6 weeks. I felt sick that we have caused him to miss even more school and to be stuck in this situation until December 10th! The third surgery we were planning looks like it may not occur until 2014! So we had a little pity party on Tuesday and Wednesday, cried, complained, had a glass of wine and moped around. Today is a new day and I am trying to make plans for things to keep Nolan entertained until December, I think he is more upset about missing Halloween than anything. The Home and Hospital teacher started last Friday, her name is Ms. Kristie, she will come Monday and Thursday for three hours at a time. Nolan and she seemed to have hit it off well. Nolan and I have watched Pitch Perfect more times than I can count and I am sure we will see it a few more times in the coming weeks.
Whenever I feel down about our situation I just have to read up on some of our MPS friends to know how blessed we are, so many of the other MPS kid have so much going on, from infections, heart valve replacements, surgeries, pneumonia, ICU visits and list goes on and on. We are blessed that Nolan is relatively healthy and happy and that he adjust well to his ever changing situation. Nolan rarely ever complains about his plight and when he does it is understandable. I on the other hand have a harder time accepting why he must suffer so much in this life, why any of our sweet babies must suffer, our courageous strong fighters, who just roll with whatever comes their way. I would not be so gracious enduring the many things that befall our MPS warriors. I am always so proud of Nolan when he just lets the doctors do what they need to do without as much as an ouch or a whimper coming from him, sometimes a silent tear falls from his eyes and it breaks my heart. While Nolan watches life from the sidelines never asking why he will never play football, or lacrosse, why he wonít run track or a marathon, why he canít ride a bike, play soccer or just run up the stairs, I feel slighted sometimes. I want all of those things for him and more. (I think I am still in pity party mode) Nolan has such a sweet good hearted spirit, people are drawn to him like a moth to the flame. I feel so bad that he did not get to start middle school with all his friends, to experience the first day and all that comes with this coming of age moment. Just one more thing that MPS has stolen from him.
Thatís all for now.
Love and Blessings
Patient Room: 10th floor North room 44
http://www.mpssociety.org/index.html Info. on MPS (Hurler Syndrome)
http://www.dukechildrens.org Info. on stem cell transplant
http://smilequilts.com/index2d.html Nolan's smile quilt