Last night was the retirement party for Dr. Gordon, who has been Namine’s special needs doctor, well, pretty much since birth.

Namine gave him a card, and we all gave him a collage of pictures of the two of them over the years.

Many of our memories with any doctor are bittersweet. Most of the times we’ve seen Dr. Gordon were because Namine was in the hospital, after all.

But as Namine has grown, her hospitalizations have become less and less frequent. The times we’ve seen Dr. Gordon have become more social — like at the annual Special Needs Picnic — or for routine checkups.

The fact of the matter is that Namine is alive because of Dr. Gordon, his Special Needs team, and her many other doctors. We are forever grateful to all of them at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

We wish Dr. Gordon the very best in his retirement. We are richer for having known him, and are grateful for having him as Namine’s doctor.