Currently, Ivan is in the hospital at Vanderbilt Children's with a paralytic ileus, we were hopeful for just a few days in the hospital but we are coming up on a week. This is such a slow process and doctors have said even if he miraculously turned around the next couple days, which they don't foresee, they would expect him here probably another week at least. Unfortunately that means he will be spending his birthday on Wednesday in the hospital and there is a chance he may be here for Christmas, but we sure hope not. Ivan will be turning 13 this week. Christmas and birthdays are just special days on the calendar that mean the most when celebrated with family, but the most important part of it right now is that he is healthy. We can always spend time together with family later, but it does make us a bit sad to be away from home. As much as I want us to be home now, right now until we get him stable, I think he needs to be here.
In spite of all this, I just want you to know how thankful we are for your gift of the van. We have been so blessed and my words can never Express how thankful I am. There are no words to describe how it feels to be able to drive your sick child to the hospital and not be afraid every second your van will break down along the way. That safety and peace its given me are beyond words. For Ivan, he smiles every single time he gets in the van. He absolutely loves it and still every day asks to go bye bye.
I will forever be thankful to the staff and Chive Charities donors who made this happen!
Ivan recently met some of the Nashville Predators and members of Kings of Leon and Lily Aldridge in Seacrest Studios here at Vanderbilt Children's hospital. Ivan smiles every day in spite of being in the hospital. His smile lights up our life!
Thank you all! Merry Christmas!
Cheyenne, Ivan’s Mother
Birthday Cards can be sent to Ivan at:
Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital
Ivan Asher, Room #8531
2200 Children’s Way Room
Nashville TN 37232