Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Home for Christmas!

Breathing treatment with Mommy.
Making room decor with Aunt Jenn.
All dressed up and ready to go.
Thumbs up for going home!

Dr. McKean came into Elena's hospital room and asked her, "Do you want to go home?" to which she replied, "no". His response, "Never heard that before."

However, once she was home, she was very happy to be there. She was all smiles in her own bed surrounded by her favorite stuffed animals. She was welcomed with hugs from her siblings. We all slept well that first night reunited!

Elena's final diagnosis was Pneumonia and Staph infection in her lungs. Both of these could be treated at home once we got her stable. She has been doing great! She take her meds like a pro and she is doing her new vest routine without complaint (most of the time.)

We thought her weight might plummet from being so ill and dining on hospital food, but that was not the case. She maintained and told me that she preferred the hospital food to my cooking! So, we have been trying to replicate the hospital meals at home and she is actually eating better. Who knew?

Thanks for the prayers, visits, food, and loads and loads of help. We are so thankful for our community of friends and family.

I could not have made it through the nights and days without my Sister Jenn, my "adopted sister" Andrea, and my Great Aunt Cindy who stayed with me for many hours away from their own family to help hold me up. Also, the many visitors at the hospital, My parents, my father-in-law, Elena's pediatrician Dr. Miller ( a dear friend of ours), Samantha (a CF Mom), Aunt Anne,
For those who helped Susie at my house with the kids and the food, thanks Amanda, Becky, Andrea, and Uncle Brian.

Thank you thank you thank you.


  1. Wahoo! So glad that you are home for the holidays and back together as a family. What a wonderful Christmas present! Have fun.

  2. I can't believe she said she didn't want to go home!?!? Proof she was treated well I guess! That's awesome she gained weight...maybe because she was had to sit down so much (and not run around burning calories)? So glad your family is all together..."there's no place like home for the holidays" that's not your phone ringing ; )


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