In the Beginning – HOMECOMING!
Aidan came home on Saturday, June 2 after 12 weeks in the hospital. He had a feeding tube and was on a small amount of oxygen. The hospital set us up with visiting nurses and therapists for home so Aidan could make progress. The nurses had encouraged us by saying that kids often heal better at home in a less traumatic environment. We saw that.
The doctor stopped by the night before Aidan was discharged and asked, “Would you believe me if I said I’m ready to send Aidan home tomorrow?” I’d heard that before and told her I was hesitant. I also recall thinking that I had a concert to sing in on Saturday, which had been one thing to bring me joy over those months. Being discharged from the hospital can take forever, lots of hurry up and wait. We finally headed home. Garreth actually spent that first evening alone so I could go sing.
And then, together, we started living our new normal…
*This is the story of Aidan’s first few months. It starts here. My present day thoughts are in bold.