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.