Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Healing Home

Enjoying cuddles with her cousins and brother
We've been home for 5 full days.

The first night and the first full day were almost too overwhelming and I have to admit, I thought to myself many times, how on earth am I going to do this?  We came home with bags of supplies and medicines as well as all the equipment to keep Gabrielle hooked up to oxygen.  Yes, the learning curve was incredibly steep but we've managed to make it through the first 5 days.    :)

It's wonderful how adaptable us humans are.

It has been amazing for us to finally be at home together.  The boys adore their sister and love to hold her and pass her toys.  The most incredible thing about being at home is seeing the change in Gabrielle.  She is a completely different baby.  She loves the busy house, the laughter, shrieking, yelling and sound of all the lively kid voices.  She loves being held by her brothers, cousins, grandparents, aunties, uncles and friends.  She loves the stimulation that she wasn't getting in her hospital room towards the end of her stay when she needed it.  She loves going outside on the deck and in the backyard.  She is smiling more then I've seen her smile in the past 83 days and her breathing at night is even calmer.  It makes my heart so happy.

Brother James helping with NG feed
Despite the huge adjustment (I knew it would be, I just didn't know what it would feel like) we are busy, utterly exhausted, and happy to be at home.  We need to be careful until roughly Day + 100 (July 1st) where at that time she'll have her central line removed and will be off most of her medications.  Her lungs are still a concern as she continues to fight her coronavirus but her counts from her transplant are amazing.  We are still going in to clinic for follow up appointments with the doctors.

Did I mention how wonderful it is to be at home?  My next challenge is going to be taking Gabrielle for a walk in her snuggly and oxygen tank!  Wish me luck!

I can't end this post without displaying my excitement for the playoffs.  James hasn't taken his Canucks jersey off all week until I made him put it in the wash today, it was a little stinky. Loved the game tonight - Go Canucks Go!!!  

1 comment:

  1. So glad she's enjoying home so much!! Looking forward to seeing her soon!!