1. The nurses are now responsible for Sam's medicines and lines and such. Big relief to not be the primary providers of medical care.
2. Yeah, that's all I've got.
No, seriously, we are grateful to be moving forward. Even though this new step is scary and unknown, and brings with it some frightening possibilities, it's time to move forward. Sam was not in any sustainable place, and this is the only possible option. And so we are here.
Sam has officially moved into room E585*, an east-facing room with a big bathroom (the jackpot!). It's all decked out in frogs and turtles and Sam's favorite stuff.
|Carrying in some of his stuff (like the hat?)|
|This kid is serious about decorating...|
|The mostly-finished product -- decor to be improved upon as time goes on, of course!|
|THIS is only the beginning....|
And so I type this from my perch on the couch in Sam's room...the whoosh of the IV pumps has already lulled my boy to sleep and I am so grateful to put him into the skilled hands of our team. I pray for their knowledge and skill, their training and their experience, their strength and fortitude that will guide us down this path. Where they lead us, we will follow.
My phone lit up with messages today from so many of you...sending good wishes and love to us as you knew that today was the day. Both Michael and I continue to be simply overwhelmed by the love and support -- it carries us along, it buoys us up. Thank you.
Today is the 18th day of the month. It's silly to read too much into these things, right? But I can't help but hope that beginning today, the CHAI day of August....it's good, right? I'll take what I can get....
*Sam's address at the hospital is:
Sam Sommer, E585
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
P.O. Box 1997
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53201-1997
*Don't feel that you have to send him anything!