Rhea Regale

Erotic Romance Author

Christmas Cheer, Part 1

This is going to be a little different from the other posts, as it will have nothing to do with my books, my writing habits, story ideas, etc.

But that’s perfectly okay.

This will be a story in and of itself because I’m going to share with everyone a little Christmas cheer.  If you are friends with me on Facebook, then you might have seen my post regarding my plan to provide gifts to children who will be spending Christmas in the hospital this year.  You may also know from reading previous posts that I’m a nursing school student in addition to writer.  Most of all, I’m a mother of two wonderful children that I love with all my heart.

When my son was young (3), he came down with a battery of sicknesses, starting with scarlet fever and ending with pneumonia.  He had two relapses of pneumonia within six months, and numerous respiratory scares between.  As a mom, there is nothing that can turn my world upside-down and wrench my heart more than seeing my child sick in a hospital bed.  Knowing that there was nothing I could do to help him other than love him best I could during those trying days could’ve killed me.

We spent the next five years in and out of the hospital due to asthma attacks and such.  I know, it’s only asthma, but asthma is a dangerous condition that if not controlled can kill.  I am grateful that we gained control over the condition, and that he’s now growing out of it.  I have never once taken for granted how lucky we are that he has a condition that is easy to manage and that has not affected his life to the extent that many other illnesses affect children.

After completing my clinical experience on a Peds floor, I felt this immense desire to do something for these children, especially with Christmas right around the corner.  Hospital bills will accrue, and stress levels will spike.  Compile the normal stress of the holidays and it makes for a very trying time.

So, I decided to contact a local hospital with a Peds unit and ask about donating gifts to the children who will be spending Christmas as inpatient.  I know, there are many different organizations, groups, programs that do things like this all over the country and the world, but I wanted to give something back to my community and be personally involved.  I’ve gathered some of my closest friends/family, and we are going to do everything we can to provide hospitalized children with a Christmas this year.

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I came up with this idea.  Will I be snubbed?  Will the hospital refuse the gifts?  How will I know what to get?  How can we tell the number of patients so we don’t leave anyone out?

I had a very uplifting conversation with my contact about my idea and intention.  I don’t think I have ever heard such joy in a person’s voice as I did while speaking with this woman.  Whether or not the hospital I chose to donate to received gifts in the past, I can’t be sure, but by the conversation, I would venture on no.

This is the first step in an exciting, and heartwarming, adventure. I will be posting between now and Christmas about our journey.  If you have any personal experiences you wish to share, please, by all means, I invite you to comment.  I would love to hear 🙂



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