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taken 8/4/07

Courtney and her kids

Courtney and her kids
taken 8/4/07

Monday, October 22, 2007

Day 31 - Home At Last!!

Courtney is finally home and hospital free – at least for the next seven nights! It was such a great sight to see her and the kids together again after more than two weeks. The look on their faces when they saw her walk in the door was priceless. They all had a nervous look to their exuberance, not sure what to make of a bald mommy. They all quickly overcame the uncertainty of Courtney’s new look, and quickly started showing her things they had made and telling her all they had done while she was away.

As far as Courtney’s physical condition is concerned, the past two days have been superbly uneventful. She did have a couple of fevers Saturday night and into Sunday (none last night or today!), that made us question whether or not she would get to come home today, but, other than that there is really nothing worth noting. Her blood counts are almost completely within normal. Her WBC’s and neutrophils are within normal, as are her platelets and hemoglobin. After more than 30 days of abnormal results, it’s really nice to finally see some normalcy.

Last night was difficult as Courtney had to say goodbye to her sister Tracy as she left early this morning to return to Italy, where her husband Shawn is stationed with the Army. She really enjoyed having her around this past week. It had been over two years since they last saw each other, and they had a good time reconnecting. It’s just too bad that it couldn’t be under circumstances that were more fun. It’s hard saying goodbye to the ones you love, especially when you’re not sure how long it will be until you’re able to see them again.

Tonight will be the first night in over a month that Courtney won’t be woken up at 4:30 AM to have blood taken, nor at 7:00 AM to have her vitals checked. We’re hoping she gets a really good night of rest in her own bed without the disturbances. She’s had a long day and really needs it.

Her main battle this week will be trying to regain some of her strength that she lost while confined to her hospital bed for so long. It’s amazing how quickly muscles atrophy when not used. She was unable to go up our stairs or pick up Aidan today. I think she’d really like to be feeling better physically before starting the next round of chemotherapy. This week she’ll have to balance getting plenty of rest while doing what she can to use her muscles and build them back. I have a feeling this next week will fly by. For once I wish we could slow down the clock – at least for the next seven days.


comical5 said...

YEAH!! YEAH!! We are so happy for you guys. We were hoping and praying that the fever would leave so you could spend this week together. That is just so great.

Courtney, please take it easy and just enjoy your family again. We are all here for you if we can help in any way!
Love, Emily, Roberto & kids

Marla said...

So glad you're home Courtney! I hope you slept well and that you are able to get some much needed rest this week. Take care!

Amy said...

Yay for answered prayers and being home with your precious family. Couldn't think of a better way to celebrate being fever free and having normal test results. Congrats! If there is anything you need please don't hesitate to call. And no worries...those muscles will come back real fast after being around your house for a few days:) Continually praying for you guys!

Anonymous said...

we are so excitied four you guys! seeing her kids again was worth all the pain in the world to get better and get to them, i bet! as always we will continue to pray and think of you guys!

nana1945 said...

oh joy! so glad to hear courtney is home -- thank God for answered prayers -- it is wonderful that courtney can be home with her family -- we will continue to pray for strength to return and for complete healing :)

nana -- amy p's mom

Cheryl said...

Love ya!

Jenny said...

Glad to hear such good news! Welcome home Courtney!

Sarah Hetherington said...

YAY COURTNEY!! Way to go!!! God Bless you and your wonderful family. I can't believe how much I've grown attached to reading about your journey through this, about your children, and your seemingly wonderfully devoted husband. I know we're strangers to each other with only our girls being in the same kindergarten class as a common link. Hopefully, it won't always be that way. You take care of yourself and enjoy your time at home. Lord knows you've more than earned it.

Take care,
Sarah & Caitlin Hetherington & Family

Erin & Brandon said...

Welcome home, Courtney...this block is not the same w/o you! We've missed running into you guys going and coming. Pray you're resting peacefully. I know your kiddos were thrilled to see you. Still praying hard for you guys. Love & hugs.

Vicki said...

So happy to hear that you're home. Enjoy the next 7 days.

Tabatha said...

Glsd you sre home and enjoying your kids. You're still in our prayers. Let me know if you need anything.

Rhonda said...

WELCOME HOME COURTNEY I bet it is hard to know who is more excited you or your family. Your muscles will be strong again in a few days with some home cooking. lots of prayers and smiles your way

Emily R said...

yay!! so glad you are home!!! hope you sleep well! also hope you can really use those muscles! i know you worked hard for that pilates core! i am sure it will come back! you are so strong! i am waiting for a picture of this 'new look'. i am sure it is beautiful. Every time i see that 'bald is beautiful' commercial, i cry. hope you know that bald really IS beautiful. hope you are feeling well. you are always in our prayers!

Kiera said...

I am so glad you are home. It must be wonderful to be with your kids and husband again all the time.


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