Our Maddie came home Sunday night (yay!)
and despite the overwhelming responsibility of keeping her daily journal
administering her small pharmacy
and just keeping her comfortable
I needed to take a minute to say thanks.
There is always so much in life to be grateful for.
Sometimes life has some stinky parts (come on, we're writers, we throw people under the bus for fun) and where sometimes I cry when I miss garbage day (don't judge me!)
right now in the middle of a tornado I'm calm.
Right now I am buoyed by all of you
and, although I should be wallowing in the drama of the situation,
for reasons that can't be explained by science I'm managing (and sometimes I'm even smiling.)
Things could be worse.
Things could be far worse.
I'm tired. I have meds to give all night.
My daughter is left with chronic problems from the surgery.
I still have four young sons to care for.
Did I mention I'm tired?
Between neighbors, friends, and family I am cared for.
And I know all of this assistance will wean away, as it should, but the power of their support is amazing.
Speaking of amazing, I wanted to speak of YOUR support.
Maddie received over 400 mustache pictures. Each of them lifted her spirits and she looks at them time and again to get a good chuckle in.
Surgery, hospitals, diabetes, etc is a lot of serious stuff for a 9yo but I believe that because of the Mustaches for Maddie pictures she has dealt with what life is throwing her way with a smile (depending on the pain, sometimes it's a grimace ;) )
Big thank you to my cousin Jenny for noticing that mustaches made Maddie happy and starting the whole thing to make two very nervous parents sitting in a surgical waiting room smile.
Then with Chad's book launch.
Holy Toledo, people!
The blogging/tweeting/facebooking support of this community was incredible.
Here are the links to the blogs that I caught
(please let me know in the comments if I missed any!)
The entire Lucky 13s
This wasn't a solicited blog tour.
This was people helping out on their own. Responding to their own feelings.
Just flat out being nice.
But I can't forget to send a special thank you to Peggy Eddleman.
We have been friends with Peggy for a while now and she is a fabulous friend to have.
I'm sure many of you know her blog as one of the most helpful, most consistent writing blogs out there. Well that's just Peggy's personality. She has a heart of gold and can memorize a string of 50 numbers in 5 minutes (true story!)
With Peggy in our corner we know we can't fail.
So a heartfelt thank you to everyone.
And I mean everyone.