Monday, July 13, 2009

Well, hello there. remember me??

Wow. Just wow.

We were released from the hospital on Saturday -morning- of course "morning" can be interrupted different ways by different groups..

..to my sister Kathy, morning means 4:10 am- the start to her day.

..to my granddaughter Alyssa, morning means anytime after 12 noon..and sometimes 2pm..

..and apparently to doctors and hospital staff, morning can mean anywhere from 3am for your "morning" pills, to 4pm, when all the paperwork is signed, the transport van is called, the prescriptions are written, the staples (stitches) are taken out..and you start to pack up a weeks worth of your life..

..magazines bought, brought and even donated by April's caring co-workers..

..flowers, candy and cards sent in love and concern..

..pizza dinner ordered by Brandi, Ella and Johnny from New Jersey to be delivered to April's the first night home..

..any number of items purchased to try to make Mr. B more comfortable..from pajama pants to floor-gripping socks ...to bed linens..

..all the "goodies" you may need at "home" (April's home for the time being)..water pitcher, little plastic breathing machine , lotion, body wash, wash tub, etc.

Finally, FINALLY, you hug the nurses, thank the housekeeping staff, wave good-bye and tote what seems to be a small army's total supply truck of stuff home..

Okay, hospital bed rented and set up..check

..sheets and pillows and pillow cases bought, washed and ready..check (thanks April! )

..prescriptions filled, medication chart written, dogs and cats sternly warned NOT to jump on Grandpa like normal..check

So, we're here at April's until he can safely and comfortably (?) fly home on approximately Saturday.

It's been quite a time, but we've all once again been reminded of what's really,really important..



DRUGS..

OK, not really, OK, well really for Mr. B..

Yeah, those things you take for granted..family, friends, body movements..

sleep..

going potty..

showering..

sitting up..

rolling over in bed..

the ability to stay awake for an entire sentence while in a sleep-induced state of being..

the ability to cut one's own meat at dinner..

......and the joy of the bendie-straw!

I have tons of photos but failed to bring a cord to be able to upload them to April's laptop.

So for now, picture in your mind Mr. B's sweet smile and laughing eyes as he thanks all of you for your love and support..

And picture me, asleep in the recliner, next to the rented hospital bed, in April's family room, pillow on my lap, cat on pillow, dog at my feet, my mouth wide open, snoring blissfully..

'cause, that's the way we roll...

love to all,
-me

18 comments:

Charmingdesigns said...

I have been so worried about you guys. I'm so glad you wrote your update! I was ready to fly out there and check up and make sure Mr. B was mending! Take care my friend...I hope you don't swallow any fly's while you are snoring...(they don't taste very good). Take care...I'm sending hugs! Laurie

Vee said...

Well I am so darned glad that you're outta there because I know that you can be a whole lot more comfortable at home. Take care now and heal.

Lucy said...

The best thing about being down is when we start to feel alive again and realize what a joy it is. So happy for the good news!

Just Breathe said...

Bless your hearts, what a time you have had. What a difference a day makes. So sorry about everything.
Get well soon and thank God for all the help. Take care & God Bless all of you.

Jan said...

Hey Mr. B! (sorry Colleen, this is for him) Happy to hear you're out of the prison...er, hospital...ward and on your way back to your ol' self! It's gonna take a minute so don't get in any big hurry! Let MRS. B do her thing and dote on you to her hearts content! Behave yourself! You're in our prayers!
Hugs to you both!
Jan

June said...

I'm so glad you're with family who can love you both up. Get your sweet face in the sunshine as much as you can, then give him a kiss and let him smell the summer on your skin. Really. It will do you both good. We're thinking about you and wishing you WELL...

Laurie said...

It's so good to read your update Colleen, I'm so glad Mr. B. is recooperating, and that life is somewhat normal til you can go home. Bless you both!

The Feathered Nest said...

Oh sweetie....I'm so glad that you guys are out of the hospital!!! You just can't rest there and Mr. B will heal quickly now!!! Take good care sweet friend and you get plenty of rest too ~ we take so much for granted each and every day!! love and hugs sweet friend, xxoo, Dawn

Artistic Accents by Darla said...

So glad to hear your hubby is on the mend. Hopefully he'll just keep improving daily and you'll be home, safe and sound in no time!
Darla

Julie said...

I know Mr. B will be taking baby steps for a while, but he took a giant step today. Out of the hospital - yay!!

Sweet Repose said...

I love the way you guys role...moving forward one day at a time, one prayer at a time...can't wait to have you guys back safe at home!!!

See ya soon...can't wait for the pics, especially the lounge chair scenario...drool glistening in the sun...ahhh...

Neabear said...

So happy to hear about your progress. Little by little it will get better. Keeping both in my prayers.

diane said...

You poor things are having a bad time. Glad to hear MrB is out of hospital. Hopefully you can all get some better rest now and start geting strong enough to travel home. It makes you realize how good it is to be healthy.
Get well soon MrB with smiley eyes.

Brandi said...

I love you, dad! Ella made you a card, so we'll get it sent out (to Utah, just incase). You are sounding better everyday!

Irish Cottage Dreams said...

I hope Mr. B is on the mend really soon. I have been thinking and praying for you all.

hugs~kimme

white o'morn cottage said...

Glad to hear he is on the mend. Paul is just out of surgery and it went well though we are all exhausted! Love to you all...Pam

Laurie and Chris said...

I am so glad to hear that mr B was released from the hospital. Now I hope you can both get some rest before you try to fly home. You are in our thoughts. Thanks for the update. :)

Pen Pen said...

I've missed you guys! So glad Mr. B. is doing better. And I can only imagine how much you want to see Braxton and Lulu!