Monday, February 18, 2013

Home Sweet Home

And we're back. We are home several days early because Ava has done so well. When we were first told we could return home as early as Saturday, 2/16/13 I was NOT ready for that news. Ava's bandage wasn't even off yet. Plus it was 5:45 am and I had just woken up to the doctors coming into our room with the news.  Anyway, things changed, and we decided leaving that Saturday was best for everyone. We are home, starting to settle back in, and life is starting to resemble normalcy for us again. Said normalcy is still a ways away, but we get closer each day.

I'll be back soon with a recap of this leg of the journey. I'm not sure that you all are interested, but I need it to sort through these foggy memories, document Ava's journey, and maybe give other parents of a "Cranio kid" preparing for surgery some insight into what to expect.

I can't end this post without another big "thank you" to everyone who has thought of, prayed for, sent gifts to or helped care for Ava over the past few days and weeks. The prayers and well wishes kept God looking over Ava and kept Wynston and I strong during this time. The gifts were so thoughtful; some useful and nutritious and some entertaining or comforting. Last but not least, we couldn't have made it through the past week without the help we received caring for our Little Miss. Whether that help was someone watching our pets or house while we were away, someone sitting in her room during the middle of the night or during the evening so Wynston and I could go grab a bite to eat in the cafeteria, someone bringing in a warm cup of coffee to power me through, someone providing a meal so we wouldn't have to leave her room, or someone making sure we had a clean bed and warm shower to escape to for a few hours or someone giving me a hug or a pat on the back during a hard time. We are so blessed.


  1. I am SO glad to hear that you guys are home. I knew she'd do well, and what a blessing to get to come home early because she did do so well. Will be thinking of you all as you start this journey of recovery.

  2. So happy to hear Ava is home and doing well after her cranio surgery. Although we didn't have to go through the surgery, I did all the research in case we had to...Cranio is something I'd never heard of before Noah, and I agree with your previous blog post about that Mommy Instinct...We had to push so hard for Noah to see a specialist, we were told nothing was wrong...that instinct is there for a reason. Thank God you pushed and knew your child...Ava's does not seem noticible either. Thank God for great doctors, great parents, and that these medical interventions are possible. Keep the updates coming on Miss Ava, and stay strong!