Tuesday morning we began this journey and I recall a picture that early morning that really struck me Day 1. The picture reflects the anxious atmosphere of our hearts and minds...but the focus of the picture is Brooke. In her moment prior to leaving us for surgery, it’s as if she touches the anxious, sad face of Meredith and assures her that this will all be okay…it’s in God’s Hands now. Obviously Brooke was simply adoring her older sister but it brings me back to our verse in Jeremiah 29:11…”For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” This week truly has been God protection one day at a time and our absolute peace in God’s plan.
“So….who am I talking to here now?”
While most of the week has been intense, we have enjoyed our moments of laughter, most of which occurs when a new professional walks in the room. Wanting to be politically correct and not offend, the professional surveys the participants in the room and notices Shyla and me and usually Allison or Meredith along our side. Even more perplexing to the new visitor are the few times Erica may be scuttling in the room. Perhaps they train for this initial visit in medical school in “Bedside Manners 101” but the initial conversation usually goes as follows…. “So….who am I speaking to here now….” hoping to eliminate the awkward moment of calling me grandpa, or even worse Shyla grandmother. Or, to Meredith or Allison’s dismay, of being the assumed adoptive mother. What about this other 6 year Asian girl scuttling in the room…to whom does she belong? We always enjoy this initial awkward moment!!
This morning began with a restful night until a plastic connector on Brooke’s arterial vein decided to fail and an intense few moments ensued trying to figure out exactly what was going on considering there seems to be a dozen such lines running along her little body. Once the nurse found the cause of the bleeding and pain, we then had the difficult task of masking and cleaning and replace the faulty connector while Shyla and I tried to restrain a strong and determined young girl.
|Tired Mei and Brooke after an adventurous night with the arterial line!|
|He just loves our sweet girl so much- we are so thankful for the gift he has given us in Brooke's repaired heart!! God is so good!|
|Leaving the PICU! See ya later! We have loved our time here- all of our nurses have just been absolutely wonderful!|
|Wonderful Donna, who brought us the most delicious chocolates when we needed them the most :)|
|Watching old videos with Allison!|
|Erica came to see Brooke! Her little pained smile.. :( Brooke did NOT want Erica to leave!!!|
|Grandma and Grandpa came too!!!|
|Brooke even got some mail from Samford University...Meredith's school! How amazing!|
Goodnight from our little corner of the hospital... Larry for all!
Oh...and PS...we got a SMILE today!!!
|We are so, so blessed.|