Tara felt fresh air today for the first time since last Thursday morning. The sunlight on her face was nearly heavenly. The second chest tube was pulled around noon and discharge instructions were given soon after. By 3:30 we were home and walked up the stairs to our kitchen, then into our bedroom. The familiar sights and smells overwhelmed us. Familiar is all so sweet and appreciated right now. Our bed, favorite chair, the dog, even our own toilet. We are so thankful to God for what we have.
This is a day that we will remember. But not as much as if the kids were here. Unfortunately, Andrean came down with Strep and with Tara’s weak immune system we had to evacuate the house. We are now on antibiotics just to be safe, and the kids are staying with my parents in a vacant condo loaned to us by a friend. Tomorrow morning we get “normal” back. The kids will be reunited with us and we will be enjoying the remainder of the long weekend alone as a family. I can’t wait.
Tara is still weak and tires easily. It is critical that she stay hydrated and well nourished during the next 18 weeks of chemotherapy. She will be going in weekly for treatment and within 6 weeks we will know if the drugs are doing their job. We have to change the way we live. Tara has 5 more weeks of lifting restrictions and will begin rebuilding strength after that. Andrean’s sickness was a great reminder of the care we will need to take to keep ourselves healthy for Tara’s sake.
God proved to us his faithfulness again today. His love endures forever.