February 28, 1985 early in the morning i was awakened with the news, I’m having contractions we need to go to the hospital. So off we went to the Cortland, NY hospital, I was still in college. I had been drinking on and off after nearly three years with out a drink. I remember the panic that set in over the nurses face when Kristin was born, the labor was tough and so was the delivery. In an instant, Kristin, purple and not responding was shuffled out of the birthing room. No one said anything to us other than she has some complications but don’t worry.
Congrats, Kristin Joy… And Joe!
It felt like eternity but they came back in and said she is ok, but we need to have a specialist come in to see her. I was devastated and just like a typical drunk I left the hospital and went to Paddy’s Pub to let everyone know I had a girl and proceeded to get hammered…
Kristin Joy made it through she has handled the challenges she was born with exceptionally and has become an unbelievable human being, a great daughter, sister, mom, aunt, friend and now becoming a wife! Twenty seven years later I am getting ready to walk this miracle girl down the aisle to hand her off to her friend and partner Joe Nichols. I could not be happier. Life is good!!!
Go, go ,go…