Tuesday, 20 November 2007
First hug for a week!!
What can I say about today except Thank You! Thank you to whatever deity you're having yourself, thank you Temple St, thank you Beaumont and thank all of you for praying. It sounds so simple, so inadequate yet no other emotion even comes close to describing the emotional depth of gratitude felt today. Rory was formally discharged from ICU and welcomed with open arms, red carpets and brass bands back to the renal ward. It was literally and emotionally a very moving experience.
He arrived back to a hero's welcome, eclipsed only briefly by his father's arrival. The reunion between the two was fabulously informal! A groggy yet gleeful Hi Dad! from Rory and a pained,lovely to see you lad, but those stairs nearly killed me, nod from Niall. Between the move and the lack of pain relief both men looked the worse for wear. So I was mercifully saved from another excuse to weep copiously! It would have seemed just a tad over the top given the lads that were in it!
Rory's afternoon was a mixed one, the initial euphoria gave way to a troubled morphine downer. This was relieved in jig time by the, as ever, amazing staff. He went from shaky, can't move from the bed status, to asking me - can we go out in the buggy within seconds once the new meds kicked in! Then the team met and discussed his normal blood pressure, his normal oxygen saturation's and his normal fluid intake volume! We're all so normal now I could puke! I've just about got my head round the BP and the sats, but a fluid intake of 12oo ml in 24 hrs nearly floored me! This is the lad that had 450ml a day max for the last 3 yrs, now they want us to cram a whole weekend's worth of feed into him in a single day! Like I said before, this whole normal lark is going to take a whole lot of getting used to!
Niall is just as bemused as me, but I guess it must feel really satisfying to know that without his incredible bravery, this whole normal label could not have applied to our son. The more I live through this, the more I realise that a living related organ transplant is the most perfect meeting of science and the beauty of the human spirit. Long may they continue to compliment and enhance each other.
PS Sue, can I just say again, those cakes today - seriously quality goo!