We spent this last week in the concrete jungle of the pediatric hospital in Denver. Don’t get me wrong, it is a wonderful hospital with wonderful staff and so many services and resources for families….but it is a far cry from my isolated little mountain homestead. So so so many people. Constantly in and out of your space. No good sleep. Trying to manage things back at home from afar. And the biggest of all…the stress and concerns of caring for your sick child. It has been rough.
Mr. Smiles had a very big surgery last week. Like 7.5 hrs long, 3 surgeons – BIG. The main part of it was a rare surgery they only perform about 1-2 times a year. But, Praise the Lord, it went much much better than anyone predicted. They were able to do it all laparascopically (which was unexpected), thus decreasing infection risk and speeding up recovery time. And we are all hopeful that this will be Mr. Smiles’ last surgery and this will fix his medical issues longterm and give him a good quality of life. We were expecting about a 7-10 day hospital stay following surgery, with the potential for up to 3 weeks if there were unforseen complications. We were amazingly blessed to only need to stay 5 days in the hospital.
It felt amazing to be back at our little farm. All was well here – the kids and our friend had taken excellent care of everything.
Happy to be back home on the homestead this Sunday.