The first full day back on the main floor was the first day that Nora did not have a fever.
“Doze peoples over in CICU? I’ll give dem someting to keep dem on dere toes!”
William was given clearance by our doctor to come visit, and was also reassured that he wasn’t developing an ulcer. He was feeling much better. We were so happy to see him!
“Is? Is dat really… you… Fodder?”
Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear; in the end they will look in triumph on their foes.
(Psalm 112:8 NIV)
Norns got her ND tube removed, her PICC line removed, AND she got to come off of the monitors. It was so nice to have JUST the oxygen line.
Nora was finally able to wear some clothes again! How sweet to see her in her pajamas!
Nora had been awake and happy for much of the day with minimal napping. I had been looking forward to another semi-restful night, assuming she’d be ready for some good stretches of sleep. I insisted that William go back home to get some sleep. Norns and I did just fine the night before, and we could do it again.
“Mmmmmyeah… Well… I’m just gonna go on ahead and stay up squealing and playing till 4:15 in the morning den.”
Yes, Nora (and Mommy) were up practically the entire night long. I was FINALLY fast asleep on the luxurious plastic chair pullout bed dreaming about shoes and glasses for some reason. (“So I have them.”) In what seemed like only a few minutes later I was being tapped on the shoulder by a nurse to let me know the rounding doctors were there. I jumped up in a semiconscious stupor and skittered over to the door to face the panel of professionals in my frumpy pajamas and floppy socks half on. I was trying to pretend that I was fully alert, that my hair wasn’t standing on end and that the light wasn’t punitively searing my eyes out. I nonchalantly smoothed my hair and listened as they discussed Nora’s current status, her medicines, their dosing schedule and prescriptions. When they told me they were okay with Nora being discharged today, I was given a sudden surge of energetic ambition! No mind that I just got 3 hours of sleep and certainly looked it — WE WERE GOING HOME!!!!
William was back on site at 8:45 AM. Discharge papers in hand, we were walking out the door 3 hours later — WITH OUR BABY!!!!!!
“Dis is kinda different?”
“Is dis my car???”
There were 2 big kids and a dear baby who were pretty excited to finally see each other:
First things first, this poor stinky baby hadn’t had a REAL baff in almost two whole weeks!!!
So now we are home, trying to get re-acclimated to real life again, looking about us and taking rest in our safety. We made it through that fiery inferno!!!!
“Yet if you devote your heart to him and stretch out your hands to him, if you put away the sin that is in your hand and allow no evil to dwell in your tent, then, free of fault, you will lift up your face; you will stand firm and without fear. You will surely forget your trouble, recalling it only as waters gone by. Life will be brighter than noonday, and darkness will become like morning. You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety. (Job 11:13-18 NIV)
This third I will put into the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are my people,’ and they will say, ‘The Lord is our God.’
(Zechariah 13:9 NIV)