That’s how I feel about this hospital stay. I honestly felt when we came to the ER on February 8th that we would be here a couple of hours, maybe a day, though I had been warned otherwise. Nurse Ann and my friend Lynn had said that she might be admitted, but I didn’t think they had meant for this long! Oh well. It is finished – and I am so thankful.
Her heart has been repaired. The doctors are positive that with time she won’t need the oxygen or the feeding support. They feel her pulmonary hypertension will improve. What a blessing! And in my quiet moments, I no longer plan her funeral, but think of her life and all the wonderful things she will do!
I am grateful for many things. I am grateful I live in Houston. I have meet many families who are from out of town. They live in hotels or the Ronald McDonald House. (They are my favorite charity right now! They have 2 houses here in the hospital and then a big house down Holcombe. I truly appreciate what they do for the families of sick children.) I am grateful that Bella’s condition was correctable – I have seen so many very, very sick children here. I have complained several times about this being a teaching hospital, but there are so many good people that work here. I am grateful for their care of our baby. I am grateful for my church family who have brought meals into my family for these seven weeks. I am grateful that Asia and my Mom took the kids when we ran off to the ER in such a hurry. I am grateful for Rachel who watched and loved my children. I am grateful to Marissa for the weeks and weeks of babysitting. How can I thank you enough? I am grateful for those who snuck into my house and cleaned (how embarrassing! ;) ) – thank you for your kindness. I am thankful for those of you that have encouraged me along the way, with food (Emily and Laura B.), visits (Krystal, Debbie and Linda), emails(so many new cyber friends), rides for my Becca to and from school and church, and things I’m sure happened that I don’t even know about. Most of all I thank you for your prayers and kind thoughts. Jason and I talked one night about how you hear people say that they can feel the prayers of others. We know we have. We know that without those prayers, we would never have made it through. Thank you. I am thankful for my husband and all of his support. He has had to bear the brunt of the emergency bathroom remodel and life for our family. He is a dear, kind man and I’m grateful to be his wife. I am grateful for my kids. They have been through a lot. I am grateful that they just keep on going. I am thankful for Bella’s birth parents for blessing us with this sweet, wonderful child. She is a miracle child and we are so blessed to have her. I am thankful for Bella. She amazes me with her strength. To have her stare into your eyes is magic! I am thankful to my Heavenly Father. I was struck by this phrase the other day, “having power given them to do all things by faith.” (2 Ne. 1:10) We have felt that power – and what a wonderful gift.
In my inadequate way, thank you everyone for everything!