These are Jersey's beads of courage. Each bead represents something done to her or that she experienced. If my house was burning down and I could save one thing, other than my blondies, it would be this box. A dear friend made this for us; we already knew Jersey endured much but it was quite different seeing it. Her strand of beads is over 6 feet long, I hate how long it is!
Her beads begin after her silver name and pink beads.
Black: IV Pokes- 33
Orange: Central/PICC Lines- 6
Purple: Infusions (medications)- 13
Aqua: Tubes (NG, Chest Tubes, Foley and PD Catheter)- 8
Red: Blood Transfusions- 72
Green: Procedures- 77
* Chest X-Ray- 51
* Ultrasounds- 13
* Echos- 12
* CT Scans- 1
Sun/Moons: Days/Nights in Hospital- 41
Multicolored: Days on TPN- 41
Silver: Dressing Changes- 22
Dark Green: Days on PD (dialysis)- 27
Double Figure Eight: Days on ECMO-6
Purple: Surgeries- 5
Pink Butterfly: Her release, her new, perfect beginning!
That's a lot for a little princess to undergo, especially in the 41 days she lived! It's also sad that there are other children who have experienced worse. But for me, for my princess, it's more than enough. I'm grateful she'll never be asked to experience ANYTHING like that again. I'm grateful I know where she is. And I'm MOST grateful she's all mine and some day, there will be a glorious reunion and she'll NEVER be taken again.