Sunday, August 6, 2017

Release, Sleep, and Recovery

These little princesses are both home and sleeping.

My heart is so happy to have everyone under the same roof.

It was getting rough yesterday (before we knew Grace would be released).  If you've spent any time at the hospital you realize that hospital and sleeping do not go together.  Our nurses and doctors were AWESOME (only one brief questionable one...just truth).  The exhaustion level was at a "getting home with the twins from Ethiopia, throwing up at the airport and then continuing" high.  I started vomiting yesterday morning about once an hour.  No, I don't have the flu.  It's what I do when I'm beyond being able to function (exhaustion).  Thankfully I have an amazing husband and son who changed places with me at the hospital.

I fed the kids when I got home and proceeded to fall asleep on the floor with Hope next to me.

She looks like she was shot with a sleep gun.

It was so neat to see her sweet little smile.  My heart missed her and all our amazing kids so much!

 Only two little ones are in the difficult spot of processing me being gone, first to China and then to the hospital.   The girls feel like they have always been here, with ALL the children easily absorbing them.  It's just when kids have Mommy leave for awhile, upon return it can be a little bit of payback time.  It's not deliberate, but a way a child vents their frustration that they are not able to verbalize (that they did NOT like Mommy being gone).

I looked over at Ben today (very pleased with himself) who was
in this position, scratching his ear with his foot.
I have no words.

So I'm trying to get back into routine slowly, while trying to recover sleep wise (a slow process).

Thank you VERY VERY seriously to those who have bought groceries, meals, and the things we needed/need.   Thank you for the calls/texts asking what you can do.  My brain is mush, so knowing what we need is not always easy for me to figure out.   It's going to take awhile to get back to normal and right now we are avoiding going anywhere until...
1. We know we are not contagious.  H1N1 has a longer period than typical where live virus can be shed.
2.  Hope gets her labs done, so we know where we are at health wise with her.
3.  Grace is 100% recovered.

This will probably mean a couple more weeks.

Again, we appreciate all help.

We are home with Grace and Tamiflu and antibiotics (as very very mild pneumonia MAY have been starting to develop in Grace).

In total sweetness, I had to really work to even get one smile out of our sweet Grace in the hospital, but once she even got in the car, she started full on smiling.  She was ready to go home and not be poked and prodded.

Please continue to pray for health (our family and Amy's), TOTAL attachment of the girls, and sleep.  
Please pray for a successful week for Thomas as he goes back to work (was having to work at home much of the time).  
Also, our medical bills are crazy right now, we appreciate prayers for God's provision to pay them off (and for a small tax issue that was just based on a miscommunication and  can/will be fixed).  
PLEASE KEEP PRAYING FOR AMY, JOHN, NICK, AND SAM (and family and friends).  With the loss of Jack, this is not a short term prayer, but long term.

Thank you friends!  I'm going to go crash right now as the littles are sleeping now.  I'm going to throw what I can think of when it comes to needs below.  I can't seem to think/brain when people ask, so....


"Declare his glory among the nations,
    his marvelous deeds among all peoples."
I Chronicles 16:24


1. Meals are still very much a help.  We are not only trying to find our new normal, but recovering from illness, no sleep, hospitalization, and still jetlag.  Thank you friends!
2.  Lawn help temporarily.  It's taking all of us still to keep up with the house and such while recovering.  Our normal lawn mowing teens are pitching in inside (since we are afraid to expose others to H1N1 that have amazingly offered to help with cleaning and laundry and such).
3. Grocery runs (even transportation for a teen with who can bring my card) are awesome!
4.. Transportation for teens/kids to events are greatly appreciated.
5. The girls need one piece footless sleepers (long sleeve) in 12 months and 24 months (a tiny bit big on purpose).  They kick off blankets and itty bitty shirts get hiked up.  It can get chilly and it's the only thing we can think of.
6.   We need bibs that have snaps.  The girls tear off the velcro ones and really need bibs.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Kat - Please, update if you can. I've been praying for you all and am feeling a little concerned. Love in Him - Jo


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