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The time at the House healed our depressing hearts.

November 19, 2010 Akiko Kyozuka

“We’ll reach the hospital in about 30 minutes, but the way things stand, she may not make it. She’s in a lot of danger, so please be prepared for the worst.” I responded affirmatively to the ambulance personnel’s comments, but it was an automatic response and I was not prepared for the worst. That afternoon, my daughter had complained of stomach pains and was diagnosed with “suspected appendicitis”. However, the CT scan did not reveal whether she had appendicitis, and only revealed peritonitis.
We also learned that she had a large amount of air and abdominal fluid in her body, meaning that there was a hole either in her stomach or intestine.
Just several hours later, my daughter’s temperature and blood pressure dropped and her blood oxygen level also fell. She continued to vomit gastric fluid mixed with blood, began to lose consciousness and could not talk, and could not focus her eyes.
I could not believe what was happening, and the ambulance arrived at the hospital with me still unable to understand anything. There, I rushed with my daughter down the hospital hallway to ICU, and waited by myself in the waiting room.
After one hour, I was told by the doctor that my daughter was in critical condition. That she had a hole in her stomach or intestine, but they could not find where it was. That we were approaching her time limit. That they would need to perform an exploratory laparotomy, cutting away for several hours until they found the hole. That considering the current situation and her physical strength, she may die while they were operating. That if they did not operate now, she would not live to see the morning.
When my daughter was being taken to the operation room, I stroked her cheek and told her “I’ll be waiting for you” while thinking that it may be the last time I see her alive.
After six hours that felt like an eternity, my daughter survived her operation and came back to me alive.
My daughter’s condition was peritonitis due to perforated duodenal ulcer. Even now, we do not know the cause.
I checked in to the House after I saw my daughter safely return from the operation room. I had not slept for more than 40 hours and must have looked terrible; I was moving by sheer force of will, unable to eat or sleep. The House volunteers received me and took in my fears and worries that I may lose my daughter with friendly smiles and meticulous facilities, without comment and without asking any questions.
I had been raising my daughter on my own for 10 years since the death of my husband when she was 1 years old.
And her life was now in danger. She continued to suffer from severe peritonitis even after the surgery, and under her condition, we were unsure if she would be able to survive each day. No planned ICU discharge date was set, and she was constantly fighting to live each day. At that time, I was able to gather up and lift up my fragile spirit thanks to staying at the House, and thanks to receiving encouragement from conversations with other mothers at the House that made me realize that I was not alone in my agony.
How many children undergo operations on their small bodies and fight to survive the day, and how many parents spend sleepless nights praying that their children will live? It is because I understand the worries that such parents face and the pain of knowing that my only option is to pray that I hope that more people learn about the Houses.
The four weeks that I stayed at the House were a time of immense anxiety and worry, but also represent a time when I was helped by a countless number of people and supported by quietly and gently offered helping hands.
My daughter is still undergoing medical treatment and must continue to fight her illness. Nonetheless, we have decided to take a patient and slow approach to her treatment and healing. My daughter’s stomach has a large scar measuring more than 10cm in length and a scar of the hole for the tube, but these are admirable, “cool” scars and legacies of her fight for her life. She does not think that her scars are embarrassing or distressing, because she knows that they are evidence that she won the fight and survived.
My daughter was transported to the hospital on a very cold night in midwinter, and was discharged and left the hospital in the spring sunshine. Thank you very much to everyone at the “Sapporo House” for always offering your warm smiles.

  • Yuki Urakawa

    Yuki Urakawa

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    Toshiki Terasaki

    The volunteers and House staff gave us a lift. We appreciate it.

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    Mari Nemoto

    I can go and see my son every day. My son smiles at me. RMH is the place that has made all these possible.

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    Misako Terada

    Owing to the House, my family could stay together and have time to take good care of my sons

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    Yuko Hiramatsu

    Relationships and Encounters with People at the House Are Treasure for Our Family.

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    Naoko Saito

    Thanks to the House, we could stay together.

  • Hisako Yamazaki

    Hisako Yamazaki

    The House is like our home close to the hospital.

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    Hikari Miyauchi

    The House always provides a strong support to us.

  • Michiko Gomi

    Michiko Gomi

    Owing to the relaxing House, I could take good care of my daughter.

  • Yu Sato

    Yu Sato

    My gratitude goes to the second home which has brought the happiness of being with my kid.

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    Marin Tanioka

    The House brought a smile to my daughter and made her say “I feel safe with you, mother. It’s fun to stay here!”

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    Miho Nakamura

    Communicating with mothers in a similar environment are soothing.

  • Yumi Muraoka

    Yumi Muraoka

    Thanks to the House, our family can share a happy time in a while.

  • Yukie Fujiwara

    Yukie Fujiwara

    I am happy to lead an ordinary life even my child is hospitalized.

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