We are the Rod Squad. A family of four out of NYC, starting a new chapter in our lives after our recent miscarriage.

in life •  last year 

The video is in honor of my son, Michael Angel Rodriguez.

In December, my pregnant wife, Kelis Rodriguez, suffered from preeclampsia, and our son, Michael Angel Rodriguez, was stillborn at 24 weeks gestation.

After my son's miscarriage, my wife's preeclampsia developed into what is called HELLP syndrome - hemolysis (H), elevated liver enzymes (EL) and low platelet count (LP). She endured severe abdominal pain, and doctors heavily medicated her. My wife was under close observation while her blood pressure got back to normal and her platelet count increased.

We were in the hospital for 11 days, while my two boys Lance, 11, and Christopher, 8, had to stay with my cousin, and then with my mother in law.

I remember as I heard other newborn babies cry in the hospital, I wish I was the guy who had that problem. I yearned to be the father who had to feed him or her his or her bottle or massage his or her stomach to get the gas out or do whatever it took to soothe our crying baby.

To stop crying and beating myself up, I kept telling myself that I already had that chance with my two boys, and I should be grateful.

When my wife saw a newborn in the elevator on our way from a test, she began to cry, and I told her that we already had our children. We had to be grateful for them.

After I picked up my sons to take them to see my wife, I felt my sons' bones, and I realized how hard they were in comparison to little Michael who only weighed 1 lb. 8 oz.

In tears, I realized that there was still a lot of work that I had to do with my children.

My name is Neal Rodriguez. I am a fatherless son. My mission is to ensure that my children, my wife, and I do everything we can to become the happiest, most productive people, and most helpful people we can be.

Michael taught us to show more gratitude for each other, our boys, and everything we have.

The video is in honor of Michael.

The footage shows how he has helped us embark on a new chapter in our lives during the past six months where I have intensively taught myself, my wife, and two sons how to be mentally and physically prepared to deal with life in the best way possible.

Hope you like it. Please subscribe to our YouTube channel and join us on our journey:

Happy Father's Day to all the fathers and mothers who have to be fathers, and all the fathers in your lives.

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don't worry boss, God always done the good thing which is better for us. anyway , wish your happiness and enjoy your life. May God bless you @rodsquad

I too had pre-ecl. My two Sons were Born slive but much to early. I want to day you as a father of 3!! And a pretty darn great mum of 3 going strong in the next chapter if your life Being watched over by Micheal your third Son
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Greetings, rodsquad! Wish you a very wonderful journey here in this culturally diversified yet mostly unified community :) All the best

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You're highly welcome @rodsquad.. beautiful family u got there. Your story inspired me... enjoy the new chapters and face of your life....and also welcome to steemit.

Thank you so much for your kind wishes, favourjames! You take great pictures!



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Wow, what a journey you guys have already had. I'm sorry to hear about your experiences. Well done for joining steemit, I hope this brings you all some success! I'm sure you'll do well here.

Thank you so much for your kind wishes, yasminep. Greatly appreciate your welcoming words.

My upvote doesn't do much yet but it is yours. I am sorry for having to face this but you seem strong. take care.

On the contrary, it does a lot for me to know that you supported me. Thank you so much, stever82. Take care and Happy Father's Day to all the fathers in your life!

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Welcome to steemit btw!

Thanks for the tip, dber. I'll definitely take that into account next time. Talk soon!

Actually scratch that - at least for promobot - turns out promobot will only give a set max upvote percentage although that isn't indicated on steembottracker. I think the tactic still applies to several vote bots, but not promobot.

And this is @dber from my other account btw :)

ahahahah...so touching... am sorry for your loss. may you receive strength in Jesus.

Thank you for your concern and strong words; greatly appreciate it.

bella familia, bendiciones

Muchas gracias, alageraldine! Feliz dia de los padres a los papas en tu vida.

I salute you @rodsquad for being such a good father and a good husband! God bless you!

Thank you so much; I try my best. God bless you too; and happy father's day to the fathers in your life.

Thank you! More power man!

Hello @rodsquad..nice to meet you here..

You too, man; thank you for reaching out.

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Hi there :D

be patient

A terrible story to read. But it is great and encouraging to see that you and your family are holding together and keep yourselves strong for the future.

Very inspirational. I wish you nothing but the best for your future.

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I'm so sorry that you had to go through all that. Sending lots of love to you and your family. Like you said, your son taught all of you a lot. Keep that close to your heart, and always remember that the most difficult times can be gotten through with the love of family and others who care for you. Love can help you get through anything. Happy father's day to you, sir.

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Sorry to hear your sad story but i want to wish you and your family a Happy Father`s Day...

Very touching story and a very thoughtful father. I suddenly missed my family:( Anyway, welcome to steemit @rodsquad:) God bless and enjoy!

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You are a great person to dedicate that video to your son

Thank you so much, merryslamb! Greatly appreciate you watching it. He really did teach us a lot.

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Hello and welcome to Steemit! I'm sorry to hear about your experiences :( I hope you will recover well! Have a great day and God bless you!

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I hope your family is always happy.

I hope your family is always happy.

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Welcome to Steemit! I am also SO sorry for your loss. My cousin had HELLP about 2 years ago as well and lost a baby girl. :-( I am so glad your wife is doing better. Happy father's day!

My deepest condolences for your loss. Thank you for sharing your story, you're very brave to put such a personal story out there for all to see.
I'll be following your story from now and I wish you and your family all the best!

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Sorry for your family's loss!

Sorry bout the miscarriage. Trust y'all be okay ?
Anyways . Welcome to steemit. Thanks for gracing our timelines with your beautiful faces. 😊😊

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@rodsquad I love how you guys can take something so painful and turn it around so that it becomes beautiful.Welcome aboard and I wish you the very best of luck in life!!God bless you guys!!!☺

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