Monday, December 14, 2015

That Darn Hip: Two Weeks Left

In this situation, it is difficult not to focus on how hard things are. The reality of a body cast is that most days are spent just trying to keep Jack content. Last week was exceedingly difficult because Jack got a migraine. He was miserable. It was the worse he has felt since surgery. He was nauseous and depressed. A pretty bad combo. 

Jon and I? We are exhausted and emotionally spent. My parents, the saints that they are, continue to come each week to hang out and take care of Jack, just so I can get out of the house (i.e. therapy sessions with friends who will listen to me talk about how bad things are).

But you know what? I don't want to focus on that today. You know how hearing someone complain while you are in the NICU or the hospital or have someone dying in your life? Yeah, I don't want to be that person. Some days you just have to remind yourself how good things are. 

So that's what I'm going to do. I want to tell you that yesterday, I got to write 40-plus thank you notes to this incredible community that has rallied behind our boy. That wasn't even finishing them all. We continue to get the most thoughtful care packages and meals delivered to our door. 

I also decided that I miss photography. And I missed photographing my favorite subject. 

How can someone be this adorable in a body cast? 

There's my boy. Always showing me how to weather a storm 

Speaking of storms. Look at this beauty. This is Jack's view out the window from his favorite spot in the living room. 

And we have two weeks left of this cast life. We can do hard things. We have Jack's rehab lined up and plans for about a thousand baths to wash the stink away. 

Not sure if I will write before Christmas, so I wanted to wish you all a wonderful holiday. 

From Jackpants and his family to you. 

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Anonymous said...

Those photos of Jack are so cute! I'm glad that you're getting back into photography because you are so talented. So sorry that it's been a rough, frustrating, exhausting week, with Jack's migraine and depression (that darn cast!), and that you're feeling so spent. I'm so grateful that your friends have been such a wonderful support and a place to vent, and I'll be praying for some multiplied energy for these remaining two weeks. Thanks for the reminder to be grateful, as well. I needed it. Love, Lindsay B

p.s. What a great Christmas card! :)

Renae Winkler said...

Merry Christmas to all of you. I know Jack's best gift will come after Christmas.

Meg Kearney said...

Those photos are so perfect! I love Jack's superman quilt! He is such a little hero and so so brave. (been following along, out 26 weeker just celebrated his first birthday!)