The stage has been set. The machines have beeped their last beep. The medications have all drained out. At last Lis stands alone with just the catheter in her chest and a couple of IV’s hanging from her wrist. She no longer needs to bring a “buddy” into the bathroom. She can go at it alone, no machines to tag along with her. It’s really quite a sight and it made me want to shout out in glee in the elevator.
Tonight nurse Maria turned off the machine and unplugged the IV from Lis’ catheter. Slowly they have been trying to get her back to “normal” (will there ever again be a normal?) She now is free from everything. She needs to begin to digest her food again with small bites, getting her stomach back into the routine of eating a good size meal. If all goes well Lis may be home for Mother’s Day.
Did you read what I wrote?!? Mother’s Day! There is no better gift then being allowed to walk away fromProvidenceHospitalon Mother’s Day. Thirty-one days after it started. Amazing! Again, it seems unreal. Our prayers will be answered (sort of, she still needs to be completely rid of this silly thing). The doctor and nurses have told us that she will be home for Mother’s Day. Before I left I waved goodbye to Maria and she walked up to me and gave me a hug and said “Happy Mother’s Day. She should go home Sunday.” I wanted to cry a different cry. I was so happy.
Tomorrow Mama Silva and Elen arrive. Lis thinks they arrive on Saturday though I have a sneaky suspicion that she knows they come tomorrow. It will be good. They can see her in the hospital for a day and then have time to spend with her at home, helping her, cause she’s going to need it. Things are really coming together.
Today she looked great. Her temp was perfect, her blood-sugar level went back to normal after days of being low, her nausea was limited, she looked great!
This has been an incredible month. Incredible meaning horrible. I would have to say hands-down the worst month of my life. But as this month in the hospital ends we can only look forward to what the future holds in store for us. What God holds in store for us. What does he have in store for us? Things will be different but I’m looking forward to it.