For those of
you visiting Ian's Rainbow Flu Foundation for the first time, I
thought I would tell you a little about our family. My
name is Julie Moise. My husband is Glenn. Glenn and
I have been married for twelve years. We have three
wonderful sons. I like to call them "my Moise boys".
Sean is our first born. He enjoys playing the piano and
hanging out with his friends. He is a very bright twelve year old boy. In a couple of years he will probably be
running this web site. At the very least, he will be
teaching me new tricks on it. Next, is Ryan. He is
our ten year
old free spirit. Ryan enjoys doing art work, guitar and
plays the piano. Ian is our baby boy. He
would have turned five this past May 21. Ian was such a sweet, happy
boy. He brought joy to all who met him. In March of
2005 we received another gift. Faith Ann joined our
family. Glenn and I
are truly blessed with our four wonderful children.
December 17, 2003 Ian died of complications from influenza
A. We had heard about the children who had died from the flu
in Colorado. We thought we would safe guard our boys with
the flu vaccine. The boys received the first of two doses in
the beginning of December. Less than two weeks later Ian showed
his first sign of being sick on a Tuesday morning. We took
him to our
pediatrician and later that night to a children's urgent care
facility. Both told us that he had the
flu. We were to treat his symptoms and to follow up in 48 hours if he did
not show signs of improvement. The following day we thought
Ian seemed to be getting better. We were wrong. He
went into respiratory arrest on Wednesday afternoon. We
never realized that the flu could be so serious and
work so fast. We lost our precious child that day.
Glenn and I vowed to tell our story to as many people as
possible so that they will take the flu seriously. We pray
that no else has to go through what we go
ask three things of you. First, follow your instincts.
No one knows your child as well as you do. Second, count
your blessing everyday. Lastly, tell your loved ones how much they
mean to you.