I felt guilty last night as I went to bed, all my kids home with us, safe and well. Five in bed and one in belly. All sleeping heavily to the sounds of sisters instead of to the sounds of machines beeping, snuggled next to favorite stuffed creatures instead of tubes going in their bodies, dripping medicines. Ryan and I in our own bed instead of curled up on hospital recliners or cots. One could say a perfect night of sleep.
Thank you for all the comments, emails and prayers on behalf of Lucy. Her 5 hour surgery to reattach her achilles tendon, muscles and repairing veins went well. Her follow-up surgery this morning to close the wound also went well and she is no longer in the PICU. She is strong, she is resilient and can wiggle her toes, all good, amazing and miraculous things. I got off the phone with my sister, Jordan, who described the evening Lucy was bitten as perfect: the weather, the water, the kids ashore and the kids in the surf. It was an instant later that the perfect evening commenced by Lucy's screaming, turning to a nightmare. What are the chances, really, of being attacked by a shark in a foot and a half of water?
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I had another niece spend her night in the hospital as well. Sweet Mary Deane who has Cystic Fibrosis had a blocked bowel related to her CF that made the talkative, happy girl transform into someone my sister didn't recognize, screaming at the very sight of another doctor or nurse enter the room, lethargic, and somber: not Mary Deane. When Mary Deane gets sick with something as common as a cold, it takes her about 10 times longer to recover, if it doesn't turn into something more serious.
Both girls are doing so much better, thank you for the flood of prayers. Their parents might need more of the prayers at this point, because as mothers we literally sacrifice blood, sweat, and tears for them, and do anything humanly possible to keep them free from hardship. But as perfect as we try to construct their lives, like a set on stage, it can't be. That would take away the refiner's fire, what molds and shapes us to the perfection of who we are to become. This world still needs these two girls. They still have something to do, for which we are grateful. Keep the prayers coming.
Beautiful and moving post, Katy.ReplyDelete
I agree. Words that help in remembering the little things so easily taken for granted in this life. My family sends yours prayers and well wishes.ReplyDelete
We are all truly blessed. Thank you for writing it so beautifully.ReplyDelete
I will keep the two girls and the moms and dads in my prayers. God's strength will keep them as they go through these fires. Their stories will also help the rest of us to not take for granted a single moment with our own healthy, relatively unscathed children. Thank you, and God Bless your baby on the way - not too much longer!ReplyDelete
Love to all of the mums, all of the dads, and all the little one's over your way, xxxReplyDelete
I can't imagine how scared your family must have been, and I'm so glad your niece is recovering well. Praying for a speedy recovery for both of your niecesReplyDelete
Done and done, for you and all your family.ReplyDelete
I was at the market yesterday and in conversation with the cashier about shark sighting signs posted in our area in Hawaii. We've had some non fatal attacks recently. Then a lady behind me mentioned this attack of your niece. Then I read this today. Glad to hear she is doing well. Prayers for your family. Sometimes it really is a small world.ReplyDelete
Prayers for all...from the injured to the sick, and the family lifting them up.ReplyDelete
Thank you for the update. You've a couple of fans in New Jersey that have been very worried! Calm, healing, heathy wishes sent all you ways.ReplyDelete
Well said, Katy.ReplyDelete
And Gramma is doing well corralling the little monkeys at home.
Miss Katy your voice of grace and humanity is always so touching. Prayers for all the girls and those to come.ReplyDelete
Oh my! I'm praying for you and for your neices! That post about her accident made me cry... a lot. We can only respond to the craziness life throws at us... other than that, know that I'm praying!ReplyDelete
Thanks for the update Katy. Still praying xReplyDelete
I heard about the shark attack on the news... I can't believe it's your niece! I pray for a quick recovery for both of your sweet nieces -ReplyDelete
Praying for both girls! I popped in at your sister's blog and gave her a few words of admiration for how her little one (Lucy) is handling her dilemna. And, now your second sweet niece? Too much! I can slightly identify with the worries over Mary Deane. I have a dear friend with CF who is now (in her late 30s) on a transplant list for a double lung transplant. As I share prayers for your dear little one, would you possibly share with your own crafting community (maybe on twitter or FB?) a link to my friend, Amy's, donation page?ReplyDelete
Praying for everyone. Especially those sweet girls and their parents.ReplyDelete
Prayers for sure! Thank you for the update!ReplyDelete
Just saw Your Neice on the news! Not the reason you want to be on TV, but She did a fabulous Job. My daughter said, "Mommy, is that the Lucy we prayed for?". I'm so glad she's doing well. prayers for fast healing and PT sessions.ReplyDelete