Thank you so much Mariah! You captured a milestone for me! I LOVE pictures and these are fabulous!
I absolutely LOVE the ones of my boys!!! What photogenic kids they are!
It is hard to think back 5 years and to be so unsure about the future. By March 9th, I was still in ICU. I am thankful my sister Jaime took such diligent notes so that I can go back and reread and remember all that I have to be thankful for. On March 5, 2010, I had completed some PT...I say some because at that point I was only able to walk for 70 feet. I did a Google search on 70 feet to show you that distance and I came up with the length of Rapunzel's hair from the Disney movie Tangled. During the afternoon of the 9th, I also had my stomach tube placed. I still remember this procedure even though I was medicated and I definitely will never forget my first day recovering from it. I am sure my Mom and Darren wont either! Out of the various procedures, tests and assessments that I endured during my 6 week stay, I must say that this was one of the worst. I remember Dr. Peach coming in and telling me about the procedure, I remember my family discussing the importance of a permanent feeding tube, I remember my feelings and fears about what a feeding tube meant for me.
My PEG tube - had it for over a year & so glad to get rid of it
Dinner time when I came home... my meal Jevity, Zach & Darren ate real food,
Kadin was doing a bottle & baby food -
My food - Jevity
My meds - compared to what I was on in the hospital, this was a major downgrade
I always asked for soda... one day while in Rehab, Dr. Kralick obliged and wrote an order for Dr. Pepper (my favorite) to be given to me in my tube... I even burped Dr. Pepper burps.... it was wonderful :0)
I take some time around my Brain Birthday to reread all the daily logs, emails, cards & prayers that were collected for me during those long 6 weeks. I think it helps me to keep perspective. Its TOO EASY to forget the experience once its past. I don't remember all the minute details anymore, just the big bold points. Overall. I am so thankful and blessed to have endured this. I count myself lucky. May God continue to be present in my journey, all the days of my life.