Three months ago I woke up early after a short, restless night of sleep. I had left Drew in the ICU a handful of hours before. All alone. He had come out of surgery and was feeling all the feels. Physically he was hurting. Emotionally he was very emotional. And I got to the hospital just in time to see this sunrise from the parking ramp:
I didn't know if or how he had slept. (I was assuming ok, considering the medication he was under.) I didn't have a clue what the next hours or days or months of his recovery would entail. And I was greeted with this calming sunrise. A moment I paused to capture with my phone.
It's hard to believe Drew's surgery was already three months ago. And at the same time it feels like it just happened. He gets stronger every day. He is sleeping better every night. He was even able to wrestle with the girls a bit yesterday. It's amazing how much better he feels. And he didn't even know he wasn't feeling well... It's been a crazy journey.
He has continued with cardio rehab (walking, elliptical, weights and monitoring) a couple times a week, gets his INR checked regularly at the clinic (it's been consistent - which is great!), and has had wonderful follow up appointments with each of the doctors post surgery. He has been driving again for a number of weeks, which was a much-welcomed clearance. His body temperature has appeared to come into the "normal" zone too - which is fantastic. For the first time in our ten year marriage, we can now snuggle under a blanket to watch a movie (without sweating) and actually share a comforter on our bed. Amazing.
Looking back to that sunrise again, I think subconsciously I didn't want to lose sight of the big picture. I knew I was stepping into a tough season - but I loved the reminder that I wasn't alone. And neither was Drew. And we cannot thank those around us enough. Texts, calls, prayers, meals, money for meals, distractions for the girls, the list could go on and on. We are so grateful for the community we have around us. Thank you for coming alongside us in this journey. Your kindness has not gone unnoticed. Two of my favorite verses in the Psalms remind me of this: my help comes from Him (Ps 121) and in His presence is fullness of joy (Ps 16). Thank you, Jesus.