After any hospital stay, it always feel so good to be home. I notice little things all the time to be grateful for. Here are 10 simple things I've been grateful for the last 2 days:

1. Everyone sleeping under the same roof. Taylor is back from St. George and having everyone in the same house at night time has felt so safe and secure. Things are just not right when we are separated when it is time for bed. I need all of my kids and my hubby here to feel comfortable.

2. Sitting down to dinner. It puts a smile on my face to all sit down together to eat.

3. A shower in the morning. We have to trade off at the hospital, and showers can be few and far between. Yucky.

4. Brinley not being attached to a pole. She can roam around freely, even if it IS to follow me around all day.

5. NO VITALS EVERY COUPLE HOURS! Blood pressure cuffs are our enemy and I would burn them all if I could. I know they are important, blah, blah, blah. I still hate them. Asking a 2 year old to not even wiggle her toes! Cmon, there HAS to be another way.

6. A comfortable bed to sleep in. Eight months pregnant and a skinny little fold out chair/bed are not a good mix. Especially if you have to roll over. Or get up. Or sleep.

7. Home cooked meals. Yum.

8. My kids smiling. Doesn't happen near as much when we are doing hospital time.

9. Playing Wii with my husband when the kids are in bed. Fun stuff. I totally killed him bowling. Okay, so he killed me at everything else, but bowling is really the only game that matters.

10. The boredom of spending all day long in one room trying to entertain a 2 year old who is just as bored....pure torture. And knowing that I will be paying more for that little room than I would ever DREAM of spending for a gorgeous hotel on vacation.....even AFTER insurance...the twitching has finally stopped now that we are home, and I am grateful for that. LOL.

So Brinley has been happy the last couple days. It's funny, we get home and guess what Brinley and Jade want to play....hospital. So they have been playing hospital yesterday and today. It's funny to watch. They both know exactly how to take vitals, Jade is a little off on the temp. She rattles off some random temp, like 67.3, and then informs us that is very sick. She even said her blood counts are low, seriously, that would only come out of the mouth of the sibling of a cancer kid! It made me laugh. It's kind of sad, Jade wanted to be the patient with cancer and me to be the momma. I wondered if that was a way of getting a little extra lovin' from me. So I cuddled her for a while.

The only thing of concern right now is Brinley has had diarrhea for two days and it is causing a rash again. I know her counts are on the way down, and I can't seem to keep this rash away. I'm afraid she will end up with a really bad one right when her counts are lowest, and it won't heal. It's pretty painful for her, so I'm doing my best to be on top of it with creams, but it is hard when she doesn't heal as quickly.

I do have to say, as much as I loathe the bad times, they make the good times feel like heaven on earth. I can't get enough of these good days, if only there was a way to bottle them up and open them when things get rough. We feel normal today, which is a big deal. Thanks for checking in on Brinley, I hope you are smiling today too!

9 comments:

Marion said...

Counting your blessings. Bravo! There's a lesson in there for all of us. . . .

Ashley said...

BEST diaper cream EVER: calmoseptine. You don't need a prescription but it is behind the pharmacy counter so you just need to ask for it.

Stacy said...

I am glad to hear the good news. I hope the good days last a long time.

Anonymous said...

My dear Kristin, how I understand you every step of the way, thanks for been so valiant! Love Lidia

Mom said...

It's good to see you still have your sense of humor. If you can smile at the little things in life then for just a minute everything is brighter. Glad you're having some normalacy for a few days.

Josh and Kandice said...

I'm so glad you are home finally. I hope you have lots more good days coming! Thanks for the birthday wish. Josh and I keep saying we need to get in touch with you when we come down to SLC so we can see you and you and I can meet.

Melanie said...

Haha! That's funny about them playing hospital. My kids have been out of school for 3 weeks and guess what they play? School! Glad you're having a couple of good days. You deserve it!!

JohnH said...
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JohnH said...

You made my day...as you so often do.