048: It was like a symphony – George & Henry’s 2nd Birthday

  • Jun 10, 2019

048: It was like a symphony – George & Henry’s 2nd Birthday

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The morning started at 3:30am Saturday, June 10, 2017 being awaken by Sarah saying something is wrong. As I rubbed my eyes trying to figure out what was going on, I realized her swift movements to the bathroom indicated I better jump into action. As I ran into the bathroom, I looked at Sarah as tears ran down her face. I knew…I better call Dr. Hearn immediately. I wondered…how did this start.

After rushing to GHS at 4:30am, I knew something big was going to happen. I hoped the boys could hold on a few more weeks, but I had a weary feeling in my gut. As I raced Sarah down I-85 to GHS, I called my mother who spent 28 years in the GHS Emergency Department. She told me where to park and how to find OB Triage.

After rushing to the sixth floor and into OB Triage, I knew we were in a teaching hospital. Teams of physicians and nurses surrounded us, checking Sarah, checking the boys, telling us to prepare for a long day. Then it came…it was finally said…we were going to deliver.

As they prepped Sarah for surgery, I dropped into execution mode calling all the family, friends, ministers, and even Dr. Hearn. I told him what was happening, he reassured me that we made the right decision. I stood in the labor and delivery recovery room as they took her away. I watched my wife, my twin boys, my whole life and being wheeled away to surgery. My heart sunk!

Today…this traumatic day became one of the best and most memorable days of my life. Today, June 10, 2019 is George and Henry’s second birthday. We brought the family to celebrate their birthday together and shared some stories. Happy Birthday to George and Henry. Thank you to South Carolina’s Systems of Care!

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Bobby Rettew

Bobby Rettew is a multiple Emmy award-winning storyteller, content creator and digital communications strategist focused on the integration of storytelling into organizations’ business goals. Bobby is the owner of Rettew Creative.