It’s hard to believe, but after an intense but relatively short 10 day stay in Charlottesville we are back in our sweet house. After John’s chest tube was removed on Thursday evening, things started to move quickly. Once he started acting more like himself, eating, sleeping, using the bathroom, taking his medicines by mouth and taking walks, the doctors and nurses wondered what was keeping him in the hospital. When they couldn’t answer that question, they all agreed it was time to discharge! It all felt very fast but we also saw that he was healing well and knew that he would heal even better at home. So for the first time since 5:30am last Thursday, John experienced the fresh air of a beautiful June day.
While John is healing quickly physically, we are seeing the effects of all he’s gone through in other ways. Last night, he had 2 night terrors. He could not be calmed and was yelling some of the same things he yelled when he was having those traumatic procedures. We know that we will need to acknowledge and talk through his fear and pain for a long time to come.
We are thrilled to be in our own space and our own beds tonight. We could not be more grateful for the excellent care we received at UVA. Seriously, it’s amazing the amount of knowledge and kindness that exists in that place! And we are exceedingly grateful for your support (more on this in our next post) and prayers. The Lord hears and answers abundantly!