Well...we made it! We are home now...and I couldn't be any happier. I'm sitting here in my living room and all I hear is birds chirping and my husband snoring...two of the sweetest sounds.
I'm totally enjoying the peace I feel at this moment. There are no sounds of monitors beeping, nurses talking in the hallways, patients calling for help, food delivery carts clumsily making their way through the hospital...I could go on and on. How is it that anyone actually heals in the hospital?? It's not like anyone gets any rest! Every 20 minutes or so someone is coming in to take vitals, change a bandage, attend to the IV machine, etc. By the end of our stay, I was ready to become a linebacker and just tackle anyone that walked through the door to disturb our rest. LOL
But, even with all of the annoyances that come with staying in the hospital...I must say my gratitude outweighs any other emotion that I may have felt.
My heart still goes out to those who have to remain at the hospital for any number of reasons that they are there in the first place. The lady next door to us that came all the way out from Austin, Texas for her surgery and treatments...the older woman across the hall from us who didn't look so good when we left. I pray that the Lord would just cover them with His love and comfort as they endure what it is that they are going through. One of the doors in our unit was closed the entire time with a sign on it that said,"STOP! No entry except for doctors and nurses who absolutely must enter." I don't even have a clue as to who was in that room...man or woman...but I pray that they are not alone in there.
I am just so thankful to the Lord for allowing me to be able to bring my honey home and in somewhat better shape (minus the cancer; plus staples) than when we went in. I still can't believe that the Lord has given us this miracle of time. I pray that we never take it for granted.
I want to say thank you to those of you who diligently read my blog and leave me comments of encouragement. I want you all to know that I truly appreciate your thoughtfulness and I hope to begin leaving comments on your blogs again as well. Life has just been a bit hectic and I haven't had much energy for much else but being there for my guy.
Kelly - I still have Kimmie on my heart. I think of her often, and wish that she could still be here so that I could share our victory. She would've been so pleased to know that Jay has won this round of the battle. But I am so happy that I have you to share my ups and downs with. I think of you and pray for you often. I gather much strength from you because you have gone through the toughest part of this disease and have remained a very strong and courageous person.
Betty - thank you for your words of love and encouragement. You are always faithful to lift me up.
Krissy - thank you for sharing your words of encouragement to stay in the battle and be strong in my faith in the Lord to deliver my husband of this disease as he has done for your husband TWICE! God is amazing...this I know.
AJ - thank you for always being right there with some loving words that lift my spirits up.
All of you, I have never met, but you have become part of my family. I love and appreciate each one of you.
And to those friends and family who have stuck by me and Jay and prayed constantly and put us on a million different prayer chains...it is that faithfulness, I know, that has brought about this new season of our lives. God is faithful to answer the prayers of those who are faithful to seek Him and His will.
I am in awe of the love that has been shown to us by everyone...those that we know, and those that we don't. It is proof to me that Jesus is alive and well and living in the hearts of those who believe because that is the kind of love that you cannot keep to yourself...it must be shared...poured out in immeasurable amounts.
God bless you all.