Friday, September 23, 2011

Just Passing Through

...and in other news...

Jason passed out last night and fell down the stairs.
I jumped out of bed, yelled his name, and found him at the bottom of the stairs laughing.
"What happened?" he asked.
I. Was. Not. Laughing.
That's all I need...
One baby in the hospital and one husband bleeding from his open skull.

He wasn't bleeding, but he easily could have been.
Like I said...that's all I need.

Emily is finally improving.
They closed her chest, took her off of the ventilator, and stopped her constant morphine drip.
In fact, I actually got to hold her yesterday...and she was awake.

These are a few things I've learned:

Not all nurses/doctors/fellows/residents/etc. are created equal.
And those who actually treat my baby like a person rather than a symptom get my vote...every single time.

The cafeteria food at Primary Children's Hospital tastes the same no matter what you eat after you've been there for a week.

Wet laundry can stay in the washer for two days before it starts to smell like mildew.

My baby girl defies the odds every single time.
And she makes the doctors scratch their heads.

Your true friends are the ones who show up in the middle of a crisis and stay.
To those of you who have shown up...thank you.
From the bottom of my heart...thank you.


trublubyu said...

so glad you got to hold your sweet daughter. nothing better. and so glad she is improving.

it looks like you better put that baby gate up. no more husbands falling down the stairs.

Lalis said...

Oh Noelle, this is such good news!!! You and Emily have been in my thoughts and prayers CONSTANTLY! I have begged for Emily's life so much. I have also prayed that you will be given strength, comfort, and the realization that you're a good mom.
My boyfriend works/studies/lives at the U, just by the hospital actually. We were there just the other night while I waited for my car to be towed (it had broken down). I was telling him about how Emily was just feet from us and how you lived so far away. I told him, "if my place didn't stink of cigarette smoke because of my neighbors...and wasn't so... ugly I'd tell Noelle to move in." I told him I'd crash on his couch. Don't tell my Bishop though... haha.
I really do not lie when I say, you are in the back of my head always. I have fallen in love with Emily. I will continue to pray for her.

Elizabeth said...

Noelle, I'm sorry it has been such a long, hard journey. Truly sorry. I'm so glad that Emily is improving. And as for you and Jason, I feel bad for you eating all that hospital food. How about that dinner I keep offering? Do you like meatloaf? My meatloaf is spectacular. Like really amazing. The best meatloaf you'll ever have. And the left-overs are great for cold meatloaf sandwiches. Name the date and I'll be there.

xo -E

P.S. What with all the amazingness I put into the meatloaf, the potatoes will be instant. Just sayin'.

TheBlogWriter8 said...

This post will make sure I sleep easy. Cheers to your baby girl, Noelle! We're glad she's a winner. :)

Here's a hug to you and Jason.

Joann Mannix said...

Oh, whew, whew, whew!

I've been praying so very hard. I'm so glad baby Emily is such a fierce warrior. Go, Warrior Girl Emily, go!

And the best medicine of all is being able to hold your baby, for both of you.

Now, about this man of yours...Tell him he cannot pass out and fall any longer. I can't take the stress!

I'll keep saying the prayers and checking in.

I wish I was there. I'm the same way about laundry, not wanting anyone to do mine, so you could let me do yours, right? And if not, I could make you waffles with whip cream and sprinkles, because sometimes you just need a waffle.

Dazee Dreamer said...

I am so glad to hear she is improving. And poor Jason. That had to hurt.

AimeeS said...

Praise God that she's doing better, she has been on my mind constantly. How/why did Jason pass out? Glad he was ok.

Shan said...

Just so happy for the good news!

I couldn't agree more about nurses and doctors. And friends.

walden said...

Yay! Yay!

Karen said...

So grateful Emily is getting better. Prayers for her full recovery. Keep fighting little one!!! Love you guys!

Sam said...

Yikes! I'm glad Jason is ok!

And I am SO glad to hear Emily is doing better! What a little fighter! =]

Singedwingangel said...

My middle son was on life support for 14 days when he was 2 1/2 due to RSV and Chicken pox. I can remember the name of every nurse who loved us through it and the ones who were rude and didn't need to be working with children. Hope Jason is okay and so glad that Emily is once again showing her miracles off proud

Julie said...

I am so glad Emily is improving. I hope your hubby is feeling okay after his fall and why did he pass out? Girl you are so strong. I know it's hard and thank God for family, friends and all but you are so strong. No wonder God pick you for Emily mama. Such a great pair you two make.
Take care and God Bless!!

myonemorething said...

I just happened across your blog today. I'm relating. My son spent much of his early days/years at PCMC. I was wearing a PCMC t-shirt at the bank once and a lady asked, "do you work there?" My reply, "No. I vacation there." I have only read a couple of your posts, so I don't know your whole story. I hope it's true when I say, this too shall pass. We actually look back on our experiences at Primary's as a privilege. I hope you have as good an experience. There are a lot of special angels there. My son is 16 now. P.S. Add a cup of ammonia to your wash and it will stay fresh for much more than 2 days. Best of luck to you and your family.