Monday, July 13, 2015

Home!










I really don't think I've ever been as ecstatic, thrilled and grateful to walk through the front door of my home as I was this weekend. We left the hospital and I practically ran out of the place. They did a fantastic job of caring for the LB, and it was important to me to keep my mood upbeat and my face smiley while we were there, but you know what the hospital is like. I was feeling positive about his surgery, though; if it worked, it gets one anatomical problem out of the way and will make it easier to focus on the larger issues of kidney function, metabolic health and overall health and growth, all of which will need to be watched and monitored for the rest of his life. Having good doctors for him now, and hopefully right through childhood and adolescence, means the world to us.

He was such a good little patient and everyone loved him. The housekeeping woman told him that he had pretty eyes and that she wanted to take him out with her on a Sunday to show him off. He was bashful but I think he liked it. Doctors and nurses told him he was smart and well-spoken and that he seemed much older than nine. Between the compliments and the cable television and the unlimited cups of juice (we don't have either of those at home), he had some good distractions and made a satisfactory recovery, at least by hospitalization standards.

Now at home, the recovery continues, and it hasn't been easy. He's in a lot of pain. We've set him up on the couch in the family room. The end seats of the couch recline, so he's been laying back in his seat with a small table pushed up beside him where he keeps his water bottle, books, tablet and writing materials. He has done a little math work, which seemed to make him fall asleep, so we haven't pushed it. We take walks through the house and around the backyard, arm in arm - he needs support for walking right now. He sat outside on the patio last night with Penny Hen on the chair with him while the Bear grilled hamburgers for dinner. At least it's nice out, and we've had wonderful cloudy afternoons and evening storms. Fresh air does him good and he sure loves his chickens. Inside, we're watching movies and food shows. He reads the newspaper comics on the tablet every day. He's enjoying the forbidden luxuries of juice and jello. He's getting there.

It's not really about me, of course, but I'm so glad to be home. I ate and slept very little in the hospital. I've been very grateful for wholesome food and my own bed, which has never seemed so comfortable. My days are packed at home, there's no time to get bored with the catheter care, medications, temperature checks, incision checks, bathing and other general care activities. It's okay. I actually really like to take care of sick people. I never considered it when I was younger, but I would probably have made a good nurse. The GB helps a lot, little sweetheart. That's especially good as I have my work cut out for me this week while the Bear travels to Washington, DC. He won't be back until Friday, and since I can't go out right now, I shopped yesterday and laid in lots of food. I have a full Netflix streaming queue, library books I haven't read yet and plenty of yarn to knot. In between care cycles, and at night, I'll have plenty of time for me.

Thank you so much for the get-well wishes and lovely, kind comments over the past few days. They mean so much to me. It was a delight to have your comments to read in the hospital. They made a hard situation a little bit easier. It was comforting. I'm sorry to say that my blog feeds are a lost cause at the moment; I'm just going to start over when I have more time. I'm determined to keep blogging as I can while we work through this; the routine and normalcy helps a lot. I look forward to getting back to reading blogs too. Thanks again for your kind words. I hope your week is getting off to a good start.

53 comments:

  1. I'm so glad to hear that your boy is home and doing well, I'm sure being in his own surroundings will help him heal all the quicker!
    V x

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  2. That's great news that you & your boy are back home. Sending positive vibes. x

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  3. Thrilled that you are home again, recovery is always easier and quicker at home. Stay strong.

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  4. Hi Jennifer, it must feel good to be back home, for both of you.
    Wishing you a good week ahead!
    Hugs,
    Ingrid xx
    Myfunkycrochet.blogspot.be

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  5. So glad you are home, I know it wont be an easy road but everything is better when you can sleep in your own bed. 9 years old. Bless him. Big hugs for you both,
    Jillxo

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  6. I almost started to cry when I read that you're back home with LB (and I'm normally quite a cold-blooded frog when it comes to such things...). So good to hear everything went so good, but so sorry LB is still in so much pain ! So unfair a child has to suffer so much... I really hope he'll feel better soon - and probably, that will happen soon, since he's at home now, under your care, in his own environment, with his family and his chickens with him !
    A big hug from Belgium, for you and LB !!

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  7. Nothing nicer than your own bed! I'm sure you find it a lot quieter being at home too, your little guys on his journey to better health and with such a supermom he is having the best care. Kids can be so resilient and once feeling better bounce back fairly quickly, but it is sure hard on the parents. It sure takes its toll. Oh man. Best wishes and hugs to you.

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  8. It's great to see a post from you, and even better to hear that the LB is recovering. I'm glad you're home. It must be tough on all of you but he's in excellent hands. We were wondering if we could send him a get well soon card? Xx

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  9. It's great to see a post from you, and even better to hear that the LB is recovering. I'm glad you're home. It must be tough on all of you but he's in excellent hands. We were wondering if we could send him a get well soon card? Xx

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  10. It's great to see a post from you, and even better to hear that the LB is recovering. I'm glad you're home. It must be tough on all of you but he's in excellent hands. We were wondering if we could send him a get well soon card? Xx

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  12. Welcome home to both of you. I can just imagine how wonderful it feels to be home. Sending big hugs, and lots of healing vibes. xo

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  13. I'm so glad you are both back home and I hope the recovery continues well. LB sounds so brave, it must be really tough for him. Hugs x

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  14. I love the photo of LB and the hen. I hope he continues to improve and that you manage to get some you-time this week! Take care of yourself!

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  15. I'm so pleased that you're both home again and fingers crossed for a speedy recovery. He sounds like a son to be very proud of. Virtual hugs. xx

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  16. Sorry I have some catching up to do! So glad that L is now home and hope this will help to speed his recovery and the pain will lessen. Thinking of you all. Sarah x

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  17. Great to know, as home is everything. Peace and good health to you and your family. Best wishes!

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  18. May your young son soon be free of all pain and make a good speedy recovery. Take care of yourself too.

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  19. I am wishing LB a restful period of recovery. I am also thinking of you, the Bear and GB, who are helping him along the way to get better. I hope the pain eases quickly. Take care of yourself Jennifer. xx

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  20. Wishing the LB a swift recovery. As a newbie to overnight hospital stays I so appreciated my own bed and home comforts when we got home. It's weird as I became so quickly institutionalised! Hoping you're able to take it easy. thinking of you all xx

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  21. Sending lots of get well wishes to LB. I'm sure being home with you all and his chickens will help speed his recovery. Sam xx

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  22. So good to gave you both home. Get better soon and keep on resting a bit, playing a bit and loving the chooks!

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  23. Wishing LB a swift, and comfortable recovery. x

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  24. HI Jennifer...
    Just read about your son...
    Sounds like he is in good hands ♥️
    Get well LB...
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  25. Wonderful news that you are home, Jennifer, and your son is on the mend from his serious surgery. Your first picture is delightful, little toes under the blanket! Best wishes to you both this week, and take care. <3

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  26. Great news! I agree, home is best and will certainly aid his recovery more than being in hospital. All the best to you and the family as you snuggle in at home to bring LB back to health.

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  27. So glad that you and your sweet boy are home, though I'm sorry to hear he's in lots of pain. Bless his little heart. You're such a loving, patient mama. {{hugs}}

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  28. Home! It's such a wonderful thing.
    So glad he has come this far. How wonderful to hear all those good things about him too.

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  29. Hey Jennifer,
    I have a lot of catching up to do. I'm so glad that your little bear is on the road to recovery. I know exactly what you mean about being glad to be home. He sounds like such a brave, stoic chap.
    Much love,
    Leanne xx

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  30. Glad that your boy and you are home. Wishing him a speedy recovery.
    Marianne x

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  31. Welcome Home, Jennifer! Know that I am cheering you and yours on, especially during this week with its special challenges. I met with a group of ladies tonight who are knitting and crocheting little baby blankets for babies in a local neonatal unit. I started knitting a multi-shade pink blanket on size 8 circular needles, 64 stitches across in acrylic baby yarn. This week I started reading Soul Keeping by John Ortberg and am really finding it interesting thinking about what he presents about the meaning of being a soul. Believe it or not I laughed so loudly at one point that one of my family members came to check on me to see if I was okay :) xx

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  32. There is no place like home and I'm sure under your careful nursing your LB will make a complete recovery. Look after yourself too Jennifer.

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  33. Jennifer, I'm so very glad he's home, and that you are too. I hope he heals well and that the pain eases very soon. It's good that the hospital and nurses were so caring. My other half still remembers how lovely a nurse was to him when he had a hospital stay as a child when he was around seven. You're a wonderful caring person, always so patient and kind I think, and being at home with you is certainly the very best therapy there could be. I hope your week without the Bear isn't too difficult. I know you'll probably make it a lovely week for all of you, or as good as it can be for your Little Bear. I'm sending my very best wishes for his recovery. Look after yourself as well sweetie, CJ xx

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  34. It must be a relief to be home. Don't forget to take care of yourself as well LB and GB. Sending you love and best wishes :)

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  35. so glad you're home, hope the recuperation goes well, take care of yourself too xxx

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  36. Glad everything went to plan and he's recovering, it must have been such a worrying time for you xxx

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  37. glad lb is home and getting there slowly. take care xx

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  38. I'm so pleased to hear that you're both home and all has gone well. I don't think the road to recovery really begins until you're in your own home with familiar things around you, and of course, your loved ones, both humans and chickens. I'm sure he'll come on leaps and bounds now. Sending lots of love and hugs to you all. xx

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  39. Home is never a more wonderful place to be than after a stint at the hospital. Sending lots of get well wishes to LB!

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  40. I'm so glad the LB is on the mend ,I think it is so unfair that children have to suffer, I know you would swap if you could. Sounds like the family are doing a sterling job.I am glad you are home I totally agree your own bed is simply the best place ever.I am sending hugs

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  41. Good to here you are home, wishing LB a speedy recovery, it always so good to get back home after a spell in hospital, just being home makes you feel better, sending hugs
    Clare x

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  42. so glad you are home....hurtle one! Cheering on the rest of the recovery.

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  43. Welcome home to LB and to you of course it must be hard to see your child in pain, I hope his recovery is as smooth as can be for the both of you. Sending lots of best wishes and healing vibes. xxxx

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  44. I'm so glad to hear he's been discharged from hospital and you're both home now. It's the best place to recover and he's getting the best care from you and the rest of the family. I hope this week without your husband isn't too hard. Take care and don't forget to look after yourself too.

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  45. All such happy news. So happy everyone is home and healing. I'm still sending positive and healing vibes your way.

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  46. I haven't been around much of late so was unaware of LB's health issues and upcoming surgery. So pleased all is okay and you're both home again now. Prayers and thoughts for his continued speedy recovery and good health. P x

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  47. Sorry Jennifer I am just catching up with my blog feed after coming back from holidays so was not aware your little boy had been in hospital. I am so glad all went well from a medical point of view, but the real hard work comes now as you care for him at home. It is gruelling but it sounds like you are in a good routine and that helps. Hope you are not too exhausted. Take care X

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  48. Hey you........Thinking about your little man. So glad that surgery went well. I can just tell that he is a gift by the way you write about him. How blessed are you my friend and how blessed is he to have a mama like you. You hang in there and stay strong. Sending you love hugs and prayers as you make your way through the next several weeks. Nicole xoxo

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  49. I haven't been online lately so I have missed all of this. Gosh, what a lot you have all be through! Your LB is a brave little boy! I wish him a speedy recovery. Big hugs, Colleen x

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  50. Ah, my friend, I feel like I have missed out on so much these last few weeks. I did not even know it was time for LB's surgery. I know you feel ecstatic he is done with it and is recuperating, still it is not easy to be a nurse and a Mom. Wishing a speedy and healthy recovery for LB>
    Meredith

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  51. Glad he's home, Jennifer. Hope his recovery is swift. For his sake and yours, MumNursing is hard. Take care xx

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  52. Can so relate to the coming home from hospital relief. Its a big hurdle coming home I know... But somehow I always felt more pressure as there was no fallback? I too enjoy the care giving. I think actions can giveva sense of control and accomplishment. Its when we have to watch them in pain and feel powerless I struggle most. I am so sorry that I have been away from blogland during this time although I know I can't do anything. I would have wanted to be there for you as an understanding friend from afar. Hoping each day he recovers more and the knowledge / relationship of expert drs is a comfort to you as I know it his to me. Take care, J9 x

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