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Home at Last

Don’t have much time to write as we’re still settling in, but I wanted to let everyone know that we’re home and all is well.

Yesterday took a dramatic turn for the better when someone (we still don’t know who) made the decision to transfer us down the hall from our four-bed, semi-private “pod” to a two-bed room, where the other bed was vacant and exceptionally unlikely to be filled. So basically, we got what was essentially a private room. With a door. And a bathroom. And densely engineered, cushioned chairs that folded out into not-very-comfortable-but-at-least-mostly-horizontal beds.

El still refused to consider the crib, but she was much calmer overall and would sleep if being held. So we took turns walking her around, sitting down when she fell asleep for as long as she’d let us, and then crashing while the other did the same. It’s not a routine I’d recommend for fun, but it was a hell of a lot better than the night before.

Now she’s asleep upstairs, probably on the rocking chair in Mommy’s arms, who I most fervently hope is also asleep. She’s still in some pain, and very unhappy about the restraints she has to wear to prevent her from digging in her mouth, but overall just immeasurably better.

Me, I’ve got a dishwasher to unload. But I wanted to say thanks to you all for your thoughts and prayers and offers of help. The next few weeks are going to continue to be tough, so we may take you up on your offers. (Who wants to rake our leaves? Don’t all speak at once.) But for now we’re just ecstatic to be home.

Who am I kidding? “Ecstatic” doesn’t even cover it. I showered today after being awake and unwashed for most of the previous 52 hours. I may have cried a little.


Comments

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1: Palmo on November 15, 2012 at 2:40 pm


Love love love love!!! I can come tomorrow to help with your leaves. Or anything else, for that matter.

In fact, I have next week off, and can even stay with you, if you like. Think about it.

(I don’t do windows, though.)


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2: Caroline on November 15, 2012 at 2:43 pm


Being a parent is the most heart-wrenching, heartwarming, torturous, exhilarating, painful, joyful, and unbelievably wonderful experience in the world…as you now know. So glad we can share in it together, dear brother.


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3: Judi Srigley on November 16, 2012 at 8:59 pm


So glad you are home and that she’s doing better. I’m praying for you.