this morning, we woke up to this beautiful sunrise.
and our minds were filled with these words:
the whole earth is filled with awe at Your wonders. where morning dawns, where evening fades, you call forth songs of JOY. – psalm 65.8
and joy is exactly what is overflowing from our hearts. today has been a very, very busy day. hence, the late post. this morning, the surgical team came in around 7:00am and gave the good news that mom would be able to come home today! they ran the tests on the output from her drain and determined that the values were normal. because of this, they were able to remove the drain and she came home untethered!
we packed all of our goodies ((which, required a cart, and a few suitcases, and a box – y’all are far too good to us)) and headed out around 11:00am. our favorite nurse, claudette, came by and we shared hugs and “see you laters.” as mom was wheeled off the unit, she waved and said thank you to everyone – even those that have never cared for her.
for a moment, i thought i had left something in the room and popped back over to double check. on my way back, a nurse who had never cared for mom said “weren’t you guys in 38?” and when i responded she said, “your mom is amazing, we really wish you guys the best.” while i can’t say that i’m too terribly surprised her sunshine touched far beyond the reach of her little corner on the floor, i was surprised how far away on the floor it reached.
the medical field can be a very dark and stressful place. it is often filled with hard conversations, heartache, and meeting people on their worst days. it is rare to find patient’s who, in the midst of their hardest days, just completely spill joy. and mom spills joy. she walked the halls smiling, blessing, and loving. our outcome, for all intents and purposes was the best case scenario. but i have no doubt in my mind that if the tables were turned and the news wasn’t great, my mama would have continued to spill joy. she just isn’t capable of anything different.
since getting home, the hardest task is getting mom to SIT STILL and REST. jason and i popped out for lunch and came home to mom looking guilty sitting on the edge of the couch. she finally confessed her sins of trying to straighten up some things in the kitchen. she has since been shamed and ordered to behave. i have determined that trying to get mom to rest is going to be much harder than working 40+ hours a week.
i keep promising mom will stop by and say “hi”, but every time there seems to be a free moment, somehow i talk her into resting. so. . .i promise she’ll be by soon. and that i will get to responding all of your beautiful, encouraging comments that helped breathe life into the wait and recovery. we so, so value them and appreciate them. trust me, your words did not fall on deaf ears.
. . .alright, now that i’ve bored you all with 540 words, i’ll sign off for tonight.
as always, we love, love, love hearing from you in the comments.
until tomorrow. . .