Ronald McDonald House Charity and Step Challenge
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On September 27, 2019 we had our third baby. A boy named Mylo. My wife and I both thought we'd be having a third girl :) ... but to our surprise a beautiful baby boy was born.
He was born with Esophageal Atresia / Tracheal Esophageal Fistula (EA/TEF). It's a rarity. Basically your food pipe is blocked (or not attached depending on the variation) and your wind pipe is attached to your food pipe (this is not good). Right away we new something was not quite right.
We were transported to Sick Kids in what seemed like a blink. Sarah (my wife) and I followed behind the ambulance and when we arrived at Sick Kid's we were briefed by one of the docs. By this time it was about 2am (as Mylo was born just after 10pm).
[As an aside... my wife's sister also had a beautiful baby boy just after 6pm that same night... imagine that? :) - a cousin born on the exact same day! ]
On Day 2 of life, Mylo underwent a 3.5 hour surgery for correction. By late Sunday afternoon Mylo was out of surgery and now it was time for his body to do it's healing.
Mylo was fed through a surgically placed NG Tube (nose to stomach). On Day 8 of life Sarah tried to breastfeed Mylo and was successful at first but then he decided he just wasn't ready. We were really saddened by this because Sarah knew the longer we waited to have that connection (with mother/baby) the less likely he would be to breastfeed ... but he just wasn't ready. It was time to be more patient. (When you think about how long a scab and new tissue takes to lay down - he just wasn't there yet on day 6 post surgery).
On what we thought would be a week or two stay at Sick Kid's turned into a 43 day stay. (which is short compared to most - we are grateful). The time we spent at the Ronald House was equal to 30 days. It just so happens this is the average time a family will stay at the Ronald McDonald House. The cost without the charity would be $183 / day to stay there. Therefore, 30 days would be about $5500 - which is my goal with the fundraiser.
Sarah stayed at the hospital by his side. Which we both felt was incredibly important for him to know we were present. I went back and forth everyday to the hospital between my Chiropractic practice and looking after the kids at home. The only reason I could do this was because my mother-in-law lived at our home temporarily to look after my older two. We are incredibly grateful to all of our parents and family who helped during this time.
I took one day off visiting Mylo in the hospital... only because my girls needed me at home that day and my oldest had an open house at school. And I took one day (Saturday) off in my practice during this 43 day period. So, when I mention in my posts #tndo (take no days off) - it's of that mindset... I know the parents at Sick Kids and the Ronald House have no choice and take no days off. So, when ever I think about taking days off this is where that comes from. You can change your pace and scale this back... but some small progress needs to be made everyday towards your mission (goals).
Mylo fed through an NG tube for most of his stay at the hospital - he needed to get off of it and prove he could eat in order to go home. However, Sarah and I were determined for Mylo to leave the hospital as a breastfeeding baby. Sarah had a preference for breastfeeding compared to the bottle and wanted what she felt was that extra connection with Mylo. We were told at the time that only one other baby they had seen leave the hospital breastfeeding who had this challenge.
The last Friday we were there we did what was called "care by parent" - where the nurses checked in only once a shift and it was up to us to care for Mylo in the hospital setting. (For this we were extremely grateful).
It was here that Sarah and I decided to let go of the breast pump and bottle feeding and take a leap of faith that Mylo would breast feed...
Over the weekend Mylo was able to feed from the breast and by Sunday - he passed his car seat test and was ready to go home. On Sunday November 10 - Mylo came home after 43 days at Sick Kids.
I am incredibly grateful for emergency medicine. The nurses and doctors were amazing. The hospital staff, security, restaurant servers and Starbucks baristas were incredible. We met many great people.
However, because of this experience - I am more passionate about health and healing than ever before. The principles of health and healing applied here as they do everyday. Once the surgeons did their job - who did the healing? Mylo's body.
I am excited about our infinite potential as humans and the message of health (through a healthy functioning spine and nerve system). You'll notice I share many of the principles of health (and lifestyle tips) on my social feeds. I also deliver many of these tips in my emails. On how we can better care for ourselves and reach our highest potential.
How to get involved:
We’re starting .... Ronald McDonald House Fundraiser and (2 Part) Step Challenge
“Let’s Make Georgetown the Healthiest Community in Ontario”
Here’s the details...
✅ It’s not too late to get tickets .... they are on sale still (suggested $20 donation, 100% of the proceeds go to Ronald House). Donation gets you 1 ticket and entry into the step challenge (if you want to do it).
✅ We have 13 sponsors and 13 prizes (see list below).... if you’d like your business to be a sponsor still - please message Dr Matt (text/call: 647-951-1860)
✅ You can start this months challenge between now and April 5 (allowing for those in isolation since returning from March Break to do so). Note: you can still start.
✅ You can track your steps on the honour system for 30 days consecutive days. Please track your steps on your phone or on a notepad. (Ex April 1-April 30 or April 5-May 5 (if you start 5 days later). Completing at least 240,000 steps in 30 days gives you 2 additional tickets for draw - please report to Dr Matt on the honour system.
✅ I wanted to start this month - because it’s something to get excited about and follow along with. However - I will be doing another month once life goes back to regular pace. Therefore, you can do this month as part 1 and walk again in month 2 (if you choose). If you need a pedometer - I have donated those as well and you are welcome to one (supplies limited)
✅ Completing 80% of the steps (10,000 steps on 24/30 days) this month will give you 2 bonus entry tickets. And if you choose to do part 2 in another month in the near future (TBA) you can up your entries for the draw.
Let’s make this fun! Please share your walking pictures daily and tag Dr Matt on Instagram ( @MattBradburyOLF )... as I’ll have some fun local gift cards to draw for.
Let’s get moving, have something to look forward to and ensure the families at the Ronald McDonald House don’t get forgotten.
Prizes and businesses involved:
⭐️ 50” 4K Toshiba FireTV from Dr Matt
⭐️ McMasters Gift Card McMasters Meat
⭐️ 1 Month of GT Fit Classes CrossFit GT
⭐️ Philips Sonicare Toothbrush from Argyll Dental
⭐️ Home Hardware Gift Card - from Kaven Construction & Renovations Inc.
⭐️ Custom bird feeder from Creature Comfort Co. Georgetown, Ontario
⭐️ Ionic Heat Brush Package from Caroline CB Buzzanga. (Creatively Beautiful)
⭐️ MPower Gift Card from Shannon at M Power
⭐️ Spike Mat by Vigurus Technologies from Margaret Wallis-Duffy
⭐️ Ukulele and 4 lessons from Peter Pine Cone Music Studio
⭐️ Auto detailing package from Christian Febel (at Georgetown Toyota)
⭐️ Cirque Du Soleil ($50) Gift Card from Hawley D.
⭐️ Party Package from Stefanie Moneypenny Pop Up The Party
All prizes will be drawn after Part 2 - TBA
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