Jared and Kaleigh
My girl is home!
As I began writing this post last night we were hoping she would be coming home today. As 6:00 pm this evening rolled around we didn’t think it would be happening but finally! She was released!
To say I’m ecstatic would be putting it mildly.
I have literally lost count of how many times I’ve attempted to write a post to bring you all up to date. I do know this is the 3rd time I’ve sat down to try. And I’ve restarted it at least 15 times at each sitting.
Let’s just say the past few weeks have been some of the most emotionally draining weeks I have ever spent. The past 13 days the most emotionally draining.
But in spite of this, I have been blessed.
Kaleigh went into the hospital 13 days ago for IV steroids and nutrients in an attempt to calm a very sick colon.
7 days later she bravely acknowledged the necessity of surgery.
2 days later major, life-changing surgery.
4 days later she’s finally home.
Through out this entire ordeal Kaleigh’s faith has remained so very strong. She has amazed Dr.s, nurses, anesthesiologists, friends and family with her bright spirits, positive outlook, and joy.
Numerous times, when faced with difficult news and decisions, her response has been…
“If this is what we need to do, let’s do it.” or “Go for it.”
I firmly believe (as does Kaleigh) The Lord has strengthened her with His Anointing to face each of these obstacles and decisions.
Not only face them…but face them with courage, faith and joy. Nehemiah 8:10
Not happiness, mind you, but Joy.
And It has been amazing to witness.
Self pain medicine button.
Kaleigh has endured…
more needle sticks than even I care to remember…
vitals taken at every possible hour of the day including just as she was about to take the first bite of food she’d had in 4 days…(All I could think was Are you kidding me!?!)
intense pain when medicines were late in coming…
hospital fashion and lack thereof…
While in recovery from an earlier procedure and still under the effects of anesthesia, Kaleigh lamented the necessity for hospital gowns. “Why do they have to be blue?” She asked. For some reason this distressed her. She informed me that patients ought to be given the choice to bring their own gowns with them, in whatever colors they chose, instead of wearing hospital-provided gowns that had been passed from “dead to dead”. LOL!
When told not to worry about anything, that the Dr. said she wouldn’t remember any of this, she quietly stated…”He doesn’t know me. I’m a blogger! I remember everything.”
Even under the influence of anesthesia she was still being true to her fashion blogger self.
As her mother I’ve endured (and laughed through) all the above and attempted (though not always successfully) to stay just as strong as my 25 yr old daughter.
It hasn’t been easy.
It’s crazy how much you can endure and then some teensy little, completely unimportant, inconsequential thing breaks your tenuous hold on “keeping it together”.
And I’m reminded that I’m not in this alone. Reminded I’ve got someone to lean on.
But I’ve also experienced…
wonderful late night conversations amidst the lights and beeping of monitors…
a bond with my daughter that can only form in these types of extreme situations…
an increase in my own faith that “God’s got this” (a variation on a quote Becky from Farmgirl Paints posted with an IG pic several weeks ago that has ministered to me over and over)…
been a first hand witness to the incredible strength, courage and faith of this young woman I have the privilege to call my own…
and Peace. Wonderful peace. A gift from above. And only from above.
And I’m so thankful. Thankful for God’s healing power. Even though healing didn’t come exactly the way we would have liked, it came. He is so Faithful.
Thank YOU for all your prayers and encouraging words! They have been felt and so appreciated! Please, continue to pray for Kaleigh’s healing and recovery. Thank you!
If you’d like to read more about this journey Kaleigh is on you can visit her at A Rambling Fancy. Be sure to read her posts entitled My Body is a Magic School Bus Episode and Blind Bartimeaus and Other Random Stories. You can also see more on her Instagram – arambling fancyblog.
I’ll keep you updated on Kaleigh’s progress but be sure to follow her for more frequent updates.