November was an incredibly difficult month in the G&D household, no doubt about it. Kate’s recovery was more challenging than anyone could have anticipated—“the worst I’ve seen,” her surgeon confessed during a follow-up visit. And just when our little girl was finally turning a corner and getting back to her usual self…she got the stomach flu.
Last month pretty much sucked.
I couldn’t have been happier to turn the calendar page and start getting back to life as usual, but I can’t say goodbye to November without first sharing my love and gratitude for those who helped us through it. This month’s “Things Loved” post is dedicated to them:
1. Kate’s surgeon (Dr. Delora Mount), her nurses (Sarah, Carly, and Natasha), and all the staff at the American Family Children’s Hospital who did everything they could to ensure that Kate had the support and care she needed. I’m brought to tears thinking about their kindness, compassion, and patience. We are so blessed to have such an amazing resource just minutes from our home, and I am forever indebted to the staff at the Children’s Hospital for the care our daughter received while she was there.
2. Our families for their concern and support, and most especially G’s mom “Grandma Pam” (or “GaGa” as Kate calls her) who cleared her schedule to help us care for Kate (and brought me wine). I say all the time that I don’t know what we’d do without her, and I especially don’t know how we would have gotten through November without her!
3. I have the most incredible friends. I really do. This appreciation goes out to all my “in real life” friends, my “online friends” *cough*Whores*cough*, and to my blog readers. Thank you so much for all your messages of support, cards, emails, toys for Kate, dinners brought to our home and gift certificates for carry-out meals from our favorite restaurants. Thank you also to those of you who shared your own similar stories with me. My inbox is overflowing and I have many replies still to write, but I want you to know that I am so touched by everyone who took the time to drop me a line; thank you so much. More than anything else, I want to thank you all for your positive thoughts and prayers which impacted me so strongly and profoundly that I will never again in my life question the power of prayer. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for praying for Kate’s health, and for loaning me your strength when I didn’t have any of my own left.
4. My job. That I surprisingly still have. Even though I needed to take off twice as much time than I had originally planned. You remember that I told you that I no longer work Mondays, right? Well now my coworkers and I joke that I no longer work Mondays and Novembers. Looking at my timesheet for last month I’d say that’s about right. I feel so blessed to work for an organization that values the family needs of its employees and graciously provided me with the flexibility I needed during this time.
5. My wonderful husband Greg, who deserves more backrubs than my pudgy little fingers could ever sufficiently give. I told Kate when she was born that I picked the very best Daddy I could find for her, and nothing proved that more than what we went through together during this time.
6. Kate. Our amazingly strong and incredibly resilient daughter, who experienced a life’s worth of pain over this past month, and yet still managed to smile despite her swollen face. Greg and I could not possibly be more proud of our precious baby girl!