I was talking to a dear friend today about going through times in life where we are bewildered and a bit disappointed about the difficult paths we sometimes have to encounter...wondering why it is seemingly God's will for us to have to face some of the obstacles and trials that we really don't want to face. But we both ended the conversation talking about the amazing blessings we had received going through those trials...the way we have grown, the way we have changed, the incredible people we have met and the blessings they are in our lives...Right before Nate was being wheeled to the 2nd floor for his procedure early this morning, one of those "incredible people we immediately fell in love with on this journey" popped into our room with flowers, cupcakes, and a precious heart-warming card as a birthday gift. My heart was swelling with love and gratitude and my face was lightened with a smile as we wheeled my little-un to the pre-op holding area.When we came back into our room a few hours later, a sweet hand-made sign was taped to the wall by another one of our favorite nurses wishing "Happy Birthday". I can't even describe how wonderful it felt to look up at that sign every few minutes and know that our dear friends there took the time to make this day special. It meant so very much to me. These incredible people, who we wouldn't have the wonderful privilege of knowing if it weren't for this crazy journey we are on, made this birthday one that I will never forget. I am so thankful for each and every one of these precious souls.Nate did great today! The procedure was very quick since they knew exactly where they needed to place the leads this time. The great thing is that the last 2 times he has gone in the OR, there were no additional cuts to be made...they have merely used the preexisting stoma from his g-tube to place the leads. I have nothing but great things to say about our surgery and anesthesia teams. They know Nathan quite well now, and that makes things go by so smoothly and comfortably for everyone. I had a really great talk with our surgeon this morning about the coming weeks for Nate. We want to get as long of a trial with this temp stimulator as we can for several reasons...reasons that I hope to explain more in depth when this trial is over. Hopefully we can get a good accurate picture of the day to day life of Nate with this stimulator as opposed to him without it.
It was a good, quick stay this time around. After the little guy took a good nap this afternoon and woke up looking a lot better than he had been all day, we were discharged late afternoon and home by 5. Oftentimes you make that trek home from the hospital with a feeling of defeat, sheer exhaustion, uneasiness, and being overwhelmed. But every once in a while, everything goes perfectly...and that ride home gives nothing but smiles.