I decided to number our cardiology appointments. Just for fun, no other reason. (don't laugh too loud) It'll be interesting to see how many appointments Maddie has. I've started counting after transplant simply because it was her transplant that I began blogging. We have a ton of appointments ahead of us, so it will also help readers to follow where we are. :)
In regards to Madison's new heart, her appointment on Monday (December 28) went perfectly. Her heart is beautiful and beats without any error. I am laughing as I write this because her personality has changed so much since transplant. She is still a happy baby; no longer the constant fussiness that we had grown accustomed to. BUT she is beginning to act more and more like a typical 1.5 year old. I love it, but she was a little stinker at her appointment. She screamed through her entire echo, which was only about 15 minutes. I had her purse full of toys and her favorite food, but nothing was working. She even spit out her meds right in front of our transplant coordinator (Emily). She refused to wear her mask, even though I told her how pretty she looked. And then she had a little temper tantrum while trying to get dressed. In case you are wondering... she's feeling just fine! (and I love it..)
As this month is coming to an end, I'm beginning to be an emotional mess. I can't believe what all we've done this month. I should make a checklist just to have fun checking things off. Who would've thought?? I'm also in awe at the number of blessings and miracles we have witnessed. We are so lucky to have great friends and family and to have received the overwhelming support that we did. Again, thank you to everyone.
Speaking of blessings.. on December 24, our family received another blessing. We got a knock on our door at 11:30pm Christmas Eve. I thought I was fast in opening the door, but when I opened the door.. nobody was there. Instead, sitting on our doorstep was an entire ham, the book Christmas Jars (has anybody read it?), and a jar full of money. To whomever you are.. thank you. Mark and I spent the rest of the night in awe. We couldn't talk because our hearts were so full; instead we would look at each other and begin to cry.
We have learned more about people and the pure love of Christ, in the last 25 days than we have ever known. For that, I am thankful and humbled. I will never forget it. It has changed me. It has changed our family..
Of course, without disclosing any confidential information, Michelle (our other transplant coordinator) informed me that there will be some FUN families at our Wednesday appointment. And that I knew them. hmm.. We'll keep a look-out for whomever you are. See you tomorrow morning!
(pictures are coming..)
4 days ago