Waiting for an answer – a poem about a very sick child

Waiting for an answer

Our dear boy was born,

On a Monday, I remember;

He came into this world,

On a bright day in September.


Our firstborn, he was beautiful,

I really was amazed;

My love so overwhelming,

I felt completely dazed.


The doctor came to see us,

His face was set and grim;

Our gorgeous baby boy,

Had something wrong with him.


I took him down to x-rays,

Not serious, they said;

So little we knew then,

So easily mislead.


Uncomplicated, straight forward,

The specialist calm and kind;

Eighteen operations later,

I think he’s changed his mind.


Eighteen times under anaesthetic,

Our brave young lad went;

We anxiously sat outside,

And prayers upward sent.


Waiting in a hospital,

Such a hard thing to do;

Every fear and worry amplified,

And shared with very few.


Twelve long years later,

A disease they did find;

Dermalogical in nature,

It created quite a bind.


A treatment plan in place,

It is truly my belief;

Having a diagnosis,

Is such a big relief.


By Robbie Cheadle

15 thoughts on “Waiting for an answer – a poem about a very sick child

  1. I can’t even begin to imagine the ups and downs you and your family must have gone thru. We should never stop believing in miracles. The fact that your boy is still with you on its own is a miracle. Blessings to you and family.

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  2. Wonderful poem – yes, sometimes at least knowing what it is helps. We have struggled with some health issues ourselves and I have a friend who has many problems with her little ones. It can be difficult. Know you are not alone – and I do hope that things improve for you and your little one.


  3. Having a child with medical issues does make you feel utterly alone. And yet, finding others dealing with similar realities is such a relief. Some of my oldest and dearest friends are just such others. I cherish those relationships. I wish you and your child all of the best and thank you for your poem.


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