“2021 has been a hard year for me medically. I spent more time in the hospital during the month of February than I did at home.
I watched my son’s (Alex) fifth birthday party over FaceTime from a hospital bed and that crushed me.
Since late January I have been admitted to the hospital five times. Each time is harder on Alex. He gets anxiety when I leave now because he’s afraid I’ll be back in the hospital.
I’ve always cherished my time with my son. He’s my world, but being away from him for weeks at a time and him not being able to visit me because of COVID-19 restrictions made me cherish my time with him even more.
This photo is one my wife snapped of us snuggling and sleeping while he didn’t feel well.
Being a dad is the best thing about me and this kid has gotten me through some of my hardest times.”
– Chris Essex
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