Monday, February 18, 2008

Gratitude and Joy

Yes! Tyler is at home. Right now he is sitting on the couch with a hot bowl of homemade chicken soup with dumplings.

On the way home I asked him what I could cook up for him. We stopped to buy three rotisere chickens so I could make a quick homemade chicken soup and dumplings with carrots and potatoes.

I'm so thankful and grateful and full of joy. I do not have the words in me to describe how happy I am, how relieved I am, how wonderful it is to have my son back at home.

This morning when I went to the hospital I was praying that I would be bringing Tyler home. His surgeon has been very conservative, the radiologist told us days ago that he felt we could go home, that Tyler was a tough boy, that he would fight off the infection; but Dr. Johnson was not quite as sure. We waited and waited.

Dr. Johnson wanted to wait until the infection was clear, I couldn't agree more. I didn't want to take him home to have him end up sick again. The infection is clear, they took out the the two tubes and bags, his IV's were pulled and all is well.

As I approached the room that Tyler has occupied for the past 12 days I took a deep breath and opened the door. There was Tyler, sitting upon his bed, all showered and fresh, wearing his street clothing with a huge smile upon his face and his release papers in his hand, ready for me to sign.

I scampered across the floor and pulled him into my arms. Relief.

Tyler has lost 28 pounds through this ordeal, but we are lucky that he had 28 pounds to lose, that he went into this sickness as a very healthy and strong boy. He is 6'3", and was 190 pounds when this began. He left at 162 pounds. He fought the fight and he won. He will be lifting with me soon, his Doctor gave him the OK in two weeks. His muscle and strength will come back.

We have an appointment with his surgeon next Monday. He will probably have surgery to remove whatever is left of the appendix tissue sometime in the summer, when he will not have to miss any more school.

Thankfully, Tyler is an A student and has been keeping up with his homework. His teachers are willing to stay with him after school each evening to catch him up.

I told Troy that if he ever has a pain in his side, we are not going to play around with it, we will be heading to the clinic immediately. I have learned a tough lesson.

Thank you so much for all of the prayers, notes and thoughts. I appreciate each and every one. They helped immensely.

I am so looking forward to normalcy.

20 comments:

The Bunny said...

Thank goodness. I'll keep on praying for your family. It's so good to hear that things are looking so well. :)

Jamie said...

Rock on! Great news for sure. Wishing him a continuing and speedy recovery.

Kim said...

Yes mom's homemade soup! Nothin' better for gettin' better. I'd love to lose 28 pounds but not this way - I'm glad he was so healthy and strong and able to fight this fight - I can't imagine the worry you've been going thru, I'm glad the worst of it is over.

Speedy recovery wishes to Tyler!

Londell said...

I am so happy for you and your family... I have known from this blog you are a very strong women, looks like he is also... There is still a road to travel and I will continue to add your family in my prayers.

angie's pink fuzzy said...

yay!!!

Anonymous said...

Great news Julie!! So glad to hear your big boy is better and at home!!

Tonya

Bev said...

Wonderful! He'll be back to normal before you both know it!

Kel said...

Great news Julie! Guess Tyler inherited your "tough gene". He'll be back to full throttle before you know it :)

Anonymous said...

Ahhh, that is so great! I have been checking, waiting for news. Feeling kind of selffish that you left us all hanging!!

Wait a relief!

Hugs!
Michelle

Anonymous said...

Fantastic news, Julie! I'm sure you'll have a wonderful time getting back into the gym together as Tyler recovers. I've been checking daily to hear that he was out of the hospital.

Steve said...

Woot! Home at last! Glad to hear your son is back home and recovering, Julie. I couldn't be happier for you and your family.

olga said...

Good news, hooray! Kids home are always the best. Take care you guys!

Carilyn said...

Julie, I am so happy and relieved that Tyler is doing well and at home. Yeah!

Anonymous said...

Hooray! I'd been thinking of you all week! I'm sure you're well suited to supervise his 'muscle development' and return to health! But 6'3"!!!!! WoW!!

Anonymous said...

Uh, that "hooray" came from Zoey!

Rebecca said...

Yay! I don't have any biological children, but I have taken care of enough to be able to have an idea of how happy you are. But only an idea. I'm sure it's beyond words. Wishing him a continued recovery. Also wishing there was a way that I could transfer 28 pounds to him! ;)

Chubby ----> said...

Way to go, Tyler!

Dr. Iron TriFeist :) said...

Fantastic news about Tyler!

RunBubbaRun said...

Glad to hear he his home and resting.

Wish him a more speedy recovery. I'm sure he will since he is home now.

robtherunner said...

I am so glad to hear Tyler is back home. I had to read back to see what happened. My prayers will be with you as your life returns to normal and Tyler can get back to all the things he loves to do.