We are home.  I don’t think I was ever so happy to be home.  Here is my house….

Wow…what a difference a blizzard makes!!  I’ll take some more pictures another day and tell you more about that.

Kramer got out of his chair a few times today…. At lunch time Carver and Kramer watch a basketball game.

I listened and caught a view here and there.  Two of our great nieces play for the Marion Indians.  Their team is playing at state this week. One of the girls is a junior and the other a sophomore.  They don’t get a lot of playing time at this point but the coach did put them both in at the end of the game.  It was fun to watch.  Happily they won so we have some entertainment on Thursday night when they play again.

The girls from the school where Kayla teaches are at state too.  They play this evening so I’m going to put that game on too.  It’s nice to have something to do even if it’s only watching a basketball game.

At half time of the Marion game Carver and Grandpa built some trucks.

I have the childcare kiddos here too.  It’s a houseful and happily we’re all getting along pretty good together.  Here they all are playing with Kinetic Sand.

If you haven’t tried this with your kiddos, I highly recommend it.  I have this set of castle molds too.  You can see the gal with the green sand made little castle structures.  The really enjoyed this.

It was WONDERFUL to hang out with them.  WONDERFUL.  A person doesn’t realize how comforting normal is until it’s taken away.  Many of my childcare parents said to me, “Are you really sure you want kids today?”  The answer is YES-YES-YES.  I am clinging to normal.  It truly is comforting.

Neighbor Girl came over.  It was a no school day because of the blizzard.  It had been awhile since I’ve seen her so that was fun.

I told you that Carver is with us while Kalissa is in the hospital….well last night he slept with me in our bed.  I had to read him stories before we fell to sleep.  In the middle of the night I woke up to him full out laughing.  He was dreaming.  It was so funny.

AH…honestly, there is nothing I can say more than it’s so good to me home.  I’m doing all the things I often grudgingly did with complete joy- like baking cookies.  AHHH…What a joyful thing to do!!

I’m a little disappointed in myself that it took a week of staying in a hospital for me to truly appreciate all the wonderful things in my life.

Kalissa keeps sending me Gannon pictures so that’s helping make life happy too.

As for Hubby…he’s still in quite a lot pain.  It’s manageable but certainly not completely comfortable. He’s on a pretty high dose of pain pills so it makes him a little loopy.  He hates that so is trying to lower his dose.  It’s so hard to know what’s better…be loopy and in less pain or with it and more pain.  He’s experimenting.  I left him along with Carver last night long enough for me to take a shower but honestly, I don’t know that I want to let him by on his own for a lot longer.

We go back to the doctor for his oncology doctor appointment on March 8th.

It sounds like I might end up having Kalissa in my nursing unit on Friday when she gets out of the hospital.  She’s not feeling super comfortable yet either.  That’s okay.  Taking care of my family is something I LOVE to do.

I’m happy to report…We’re all on the mend!

24 thoughts on “WE MADE IT HOME!!!”

  1. Jo, call the doctor and ask if Kramer can take Ibuprofen or Tylenol half way between the narcotics. It can be very helpful. I was allowed both and it helped me a ton.

  2. You are blessed! Take each day, one at a time! God will see you through all of this! HUGS… and stitches p.s. What’s Gannon’s full name? Did I miss it? Aww… cute baby boy!

  3. Congratulations on the new grandson! I agree with Elle’s comment; when I had back surgery, I alternated between Tylenol and stronger pain meds. It worked well. When hubby had surgery, I knew he would be ok once he came home and ate home cooking. It’s amazing the healing powers of home. Our preacher’s sermon on Sunday was about the difference between tired and weary. Hospitals are so tiring. When you are home, you get weary but at the end of the day, you are glad to be in your home no matter the trials.

  4. Jo,
    So happy you are doing “normal”. No better feeling.
    I’m going to jump in on the pain meds for hubby. Speaking from experience and sage doctor’s advice we all say take enough pain meds to stay in front of the pain. Once the pain gets ahead it is way harder to bring it under control. And besides loopy is good at times.
    Take care of all those patients and especially take care of yourself. You won’t be able to help anyone if you crash.
    Hugs and prayers coming your way.

  5. Glad you’re home and congratulations on that sweet new grandson…what a cutie. Hoping everything goes well for you and your family these next few days/weeks.

  6. What a delightful post! HOME is the best healing medicine. Hope that you have a wonderful week! Gannon is adorable! So is Carver!

  7. So glad you’re home. Congratulations on the birth of your new grandson!
    Our son has had many surgeries over the years and I have said its just good to get home and do the dishes! Routine feels so good!
    Have been and will continue to pray for Kramer, you and the whole family.

  8. Your husband is doing great! My husband could not have played trucks with a two year old his first full day home after his major abdominal surgery last year.

  9. So glad you made it home! There really is no place like it!

    Hope Kramer finds a happy medium with the pain meds. I don’t like feeling loopy either!

  10. I’ve been out of town for a few days and I couldn’t check the blog. WOW did a lot happen in your life!! It’s good to see your husband home and moving around a bit. It’s been crazy for your family but it seems everything was made easier with help from family, friends and neighbors. You are going to have a great weekend if Kalissa and Gannon come to stay with you!!! I hope you get lots of baby snuggles in between all of your nursing duties.

  11. Congratulations, Jo and family on the birth of Gannon. So glad to hear that Kramer and Kalissa are both doing as well as can be expected under the circumstances. Being home in one’s own space and with everything that is familiar is the most healing of all medicines. Keep your sunny side up!

  12. Karen aka Lace Faerie

    Yes, normal is such a blessing! To experience joy in our day to day routine is a blessing indeed!

    Gannon Joseph is a wonderful name! Joseph is my father’s middle name and 2 of my neices have Joseph as their middle names in Daddy’s honor. Our son has his paternal grandfather first name, Iver, as his middle name. If we had been blessed with a 2nd son, I would have named him Conner Joseph.

    Embrace joy, enjoy your continuing role of nurturer but don’t forget to take some time for yourself!

  13. So glad you are home and back to “normal”. Isn’t normal wonderful? It’s almost like a vacation!
    I’m sorry to hear Roger is still in pain – will pray for that and your oncology appointment coming up.
    Love your pics of Gannon!
    As always, thank you for keeping us in the loop – and prayers being said for your entire family.

  14. Lori Sparks Douglas

    Congratulations on the new grandson! Glad Rog is home and recovering. Normal is good. It is what keeps us going.

  15. What a lot of blessings! Home is THE best place to be!
    One more note for Kramer’s pain – you heal better / faster if your pain is under control (but not necessarily gone). I have chronic pain and have found that taking HALF a pain pill twice as often helps more that a whole one, and with less side effects – but not every pill CAN be halved (coated ones should never be split). Check with his pharmacist to see if that’s an option. Adding ibuprofen or Tylenol is also a good idea if allowed – again, check with your pharmacist / doctor. Praying for all of you!

  16. So glad to hear you made it home safely and things are looking better. After a root canal I had an opiod prescription and it made me feel nauseous so I looked online and saw that in a study it was found that 1000mg of tylenol and 400mg of ibuprofen taken together provided more relief for some people than the opioids. That worked for me….didn’t take all the pain away but made it manageable and I wasn’t nauseous. But check with the doctor if he can do it and if it doesn’t work if he’ll be able to take the opiod on top of it. Some contain tylenol or ibuprofen so definitely check.

  17. Adding to the comments about taking pain medication -definitely stay ahead of the pain. It is easier on your body. Also – if you are on heavy duty meds – or if it is a 12-hour medication – take a stool softener – you’ll be glad you did.

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