Friday

The Day is Finally Here!


Today is the day my family and I have been waiting for….praying for.

My mom gets to come home today. This is after being in the hospital and a rehabilitation center since March 23. She is still not 100% but definitely much better.

In the beginning it seemed that for every step forward, there were two steps backward.

On Easter Sunday, April 12, my Father, my Siblings and I gathered together at UVA for a conference with the doctors. They had never found the cause of her problems and informed us that there was nothing else they could do for her. That she would be considered a hospice patient. They talked about inserting a feeding tube that would prolong her life. The decision was my Dad's but the feeling was that this wasn’t the way to go, as it would only prolong her life and that her quality of life would not be great.


But my Dad ALWAYS had Hope! He told us “we have to give her every opportunity to get better”. So the feeding tube was inserted. Within a few days she was transferred to a Nursing/Rehab Center that was located near my Dad.

Before that, my siblings and I had been taking turns staying with her at UVA, which was about a 3 hour distance for each of us.

We would take 2-3 days at a time.

Now that she was moved, my Dad was able to visit her daily and lots of times twice a day.

My brother was also able to visit almost daily as he lives near as well.


During her stay a the Nursing/Rehab Center she was in and out of the hospital many times.

One hospital stay was as long as 5 days.

But after that last stay, she really seemed to start to get better.

She started eating by mouth, not just through the feeding tube. She was walking with a walker

and her spirits seemed to rise daily.

And today, August 7, 136 days later, she comes home to

live in the home she has lived in since 1970, the home I grew up in,

and the home she had not spent the night in since March 23.

She is going to LOVE sleeping in her own bed tonight!


We are so thankful that she is still with us and that my Dad never gave up Hope!

Thank you all for your concern and prayers!


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27 comments:

Kathy said...

Your post today brings tears of joy and understanding to my eyes.
My father came home from the hospital last Friday, July 31, after being in three hospitals continuously since January 28. He too had many setbacks, but is now back home, able to once again sleep next to his sweetheart of 62 years. God bless your Mom and your entire family.

Kathy

Valerie said...

That is wonderful news. I am sincerely happy for you all. What a blessing. I am sure I don't ned to remind you to treasure these moments ...

June said...

Great news! I'm so happy for you...

Erin said...

a wonderful day indeed.
miracles are amazing...aren't they?
so happy for you and your family.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Praise the Lord!This is a day of celebration for you,enjoy every moment.Your picture looks so peaceful,I trust this is what you will experience todady.
Blessings,Ruth

RuneE said...

That was very nice indeed to hear! And the lesson? NEVER GIVE UP HOPE!!

PS And it was a vety nice bench to - just the right kind for a rest when she feels like stepping out again.

happyone said...

Oh Kerri, what wonderful happy news. I am truly happy for you, your mom and your whole family. :-)

Your photo looks so peaceful, it's how you all must feel today.

imac said...

Wonderful, It was not your Mothers time to go, I do hope she is enjoying being home at last.
God bless all of you.

Jo-Ann said...

A happy day indeed!! I, too, have elderly parents who require my attention almost daily and I am so happy for your great news -- may she have many days of good health ahead!

dAwN said...

Awesome! what wonderful news!

Tom said...

Hope is a fantastic thing Kerri.... I am so glad for you all...

Tom
My blogs today both show benches Park Bench and a Bag Lady ?

i beati said...

treasure these times close to your heart ...sandy

Holly said...

Oh Kerri, I'm so happy for you and your family! What a wonderful day! God Bless!

Larry D said...

Wonderful news!

Robin's Nesting Place said...

That is wonderful news! I'm so glad your dad still had hope.

I'm spending a lot of time taking care of my m-i-l right now, I know first hand how stressful and tiring it can be. So very glad this had a happy ending for you all!

Linda said...

So happy to hear about the progress your mom has made. I know that this has been a difficult time for you and your family. It's never easy to make the kind of decisions your family has had to make. So thankful your prayers have been answered and really happy for your Dad.

Carletta said...

I'm sitting here with tears in my eyes. I feel such joy for you.
Hugs and blessings for all of you!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

I am so happy for you and your family, Kerri. It's an amazing story of hope.

Jayne said...

Oh Keri, that is such wonderful news. She sounds like someone who has a fighting spirit, and well, it just was not her time yet. Sometimes, medicine does not know everything. So glad to know she will be in her own home again. Blessings to you all!

PERBS said...

Fantatic news!! I am so happy for all of you.

The bench is a beautiful one to sit an ponder the blessings rceived.

Coy said...

Touching post Kerri!

Dr's certainly do not have all of the answers. This is wonderful!

Thanks so much for your many kind comments on Country Captures, it means a lot to me.

Beautiful Creation said...

Congratulations. I'm so happy for you and your family. God is good!

Laurie said...

This is such wonderful news. It was a long journey and a tough one too. So glad that she is home.

MedaM said...

This post of yours brought a smile of pleasure on to my face. :-) There is nothing better but to hear good news. I am honestly happy for you and for you family and that your mother finally came back her sweet home and to her dear ones.
The photo you posted is just fantastic; what a beautiful and peaceful place!

lisaschaos said...

Wow! I didn't realize all this had been going on with your mom! I'm so happy that she gets to come home! Your dad is a wise man it turns out.

Ruth said...

You mother must be surrounded by love and encouragement and have a reason to fight to come home. I wish her the best.

Hilary said...

I'm SO happy for you. :)

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