Who needs turkey when you can fly home on Thanksgiving?!
We have been given the all clear and are getting the heck out of Houston after 2 long, challenging months.
Joe is making amazing progress and yesterday the doctor gave him the go ahead to fly home. This is the surgeon.
The man, the myth, the legend… Dr. Keith Fournier. He’s what brought us out to Houston in the first place and he’s been with us every step of the way. The first time we met him, Joe made sure he had small hands. He does, and they are hands I’ll forever be grateful for because he dug around in Joe for 13 hours getting the cancer out of there!
Today, we went to my Houston OB and she gave us the letter, “fit to fly”. It was the first appointment Joe has been able to go to in months. The doctor even did an extra ultrasound to let him have a peak at our little girl. She has a head full of hair and her mommy’s thighs, we could see the little chubby creases. What a heart soar.
This has been a rollercoaster. We’ve had the darkest days, I remember crying myself to sleep the first week. There were days Joe couldn’t even look out the window or imagine getting out of bed, days he doubted he’d ever leave Houston or hold his little girl. We’ve been plucked from our lives, living in a strange city, packed into an apartment and in uncharted territory. Both of our moms dropped their lives to be here with us. Joe’s mom trying to work from the Houston kitchen table and my mom taking a leave of absence to spend the next few weeks helping us at home.
This has not been an easy road and I wish I could go back in time and give the Amanda from a few weeks ago a big hug and tell her everything is going to be okay! Because here we are, we are finally going home and on Thanksgiving Day! I can’t make this stuff up.
Now we can make it home for a baby shower and the awesome Orlando fundraiser! Talk about a blessing!
This year, what are you #thankful for? I’m thankful for all of the support we have. I’m thankful Joe is getting better day by day. I’m thankful we get to see our puppy and cat tomorrow! I’m thankful our little baby is healthy and staying in there until we get home and get everything ready. I’m happy to get a taste of normal again. This will be a Thanksgiving we will NEVER forget.
This year, hug your family a little tighter. Don’t let the drama and chaos of the holiday take over the day. This year, just be thankful!