Today was Craig's first trip away from the hospital since August 20th. We were excited, we were nervous, we weren't quite sure what to expect, we learned a few (important) things...but overall, we did good!
We got to have him hang with us for seven hours today instead of the original four we had thought. Exciting!! And...tiring too. ;)
We brought Craig home. We gave him a tour of our main floor (no basement this time around). He got introduced to our two new kitties. He smiled and said, "ok, you guys win...I like them". (Craig is not a cat lover. The kids and I are. Love his gracious acceptance! ;) We had lunch. We walked around and tested Craig out in the house a bit. We learned a few things we're going to have to adjust here at home - nothing major - easy fixes.
We then took a drive and met Craig's dad, Alan, at a truck stop 40 miles east of town. Alan just so happened to be in town from Wisconsin making a delivery today. We love God's timing on Alan's visits! Craig has always loved to travel and he wanted to go, so we braved it and went. Craig did great on the drive and enjoyed getting to see his dad. We had to stop at a store on the way back so he could use the restroom. I was so nervous to do that. There is a learning curve we are going to have to catch onto. Craig's having a hard time maneuvering his walker (and his feet) with surface changes, all the rush of people, and a couple other things. But overall, we did okay and got out quick. When we got out to the van I saw a Cold Stone Creamery next door to the store. I had a gift card, so I sent the kids in to get ice cream treats as Craig and I sat in the car assessing how that trip into the store just went and how we should approach it next time. We both agreed on some key changes we'll need to make.
I thought taking Craig back to the hospital would be hard. It wasn't too bad, though. Craig readily accepts that he has a few things to work on this week to make his homecoming on Friday easier. I know I have to prepare the house and my heart a little more too. This is going to be a little tougher than we expected, but we're all up for the challenge if it means having Craig home and helping his healing process! We were all tired by the time dinner rolled around tonight. I suspect the first few days/weeks that Craig is going to be home will be a bit tiring on us as we learn how to handle this new chapter.
Please pray for us.
In the end, I'll say we had a good day. We've always loved our family time and we cherished that private family time today. We're going to adjust and adapt to this just like we've done with every other chapter of this journey - with GRACE - not because we deserve it but because God freely pours it out to us. We will lap it up and accept the blessings that come from your love and prayers as well. I know we received them today! Thank you! ♥