We were in Calgary from Wed – Sat of last week. It was good to see Elissa and to be together. She was feeling very tired of being in the hospital and discouraged at her inability to care for Caleb. The jaw surgery has limited her diet a lot, but we tried to find some exciting things for her to eat besides the pureed hospital food. A Peters' Drive-In Chocolate Banana shake was probably the favourite :)
On Saturday morning before we left, we found out that Elissa was being discharged from the hospital. So, we helped her get settled in the home of a family friend, who is also a nurse. We were surprised at the early discharge since Elissa is still very much in recovery mode. But we were also thankful that she could be out of the hospital and that Doug wouldn't be limited to visiting hours in order to be with her. Yesterday a bed came available for Caleb in the Chilliwack hospital so he was helicoptered out here. Elissa and Doug are booked on a flight to come home early this afternoon.
Caleb is doing well. His feeding tube came out the other day and he is taking the bottle very well. Elissa is hoping to pump her own milk for him and possibly even breastfeed, but due to her injuries, etc. it is a little more complicated than normal. We're praying that this will work itself out. Caleb has still had some problems with breathing in his sleep (which is normal for a preemie) and will stay in the hospital until this is no longer an issue.
Elissa still has a long road of recovery ahead of her and they're not sure how things are all going to work out once Caleb comes home and needs constant care from them. So, we're praying that God would work out all of these details for them.
It was good to be in Calgary, but it was definitely challenging with the kids. They both came down with colds which didn't help matters. We had a couple of really bad nights there with them. Micah had several melt-downs and was seriously sleep-deprived, so it was good to come home on Saturday. We all caught up on some sleep, and Micah and Keziah seem to be resuming their little routine which makes all of us feel better.
I have several pictures to post, but my time is limited. We're headed over to Doug & Elissa's this morning to do a final clean of their place and get it ready for their arrival. More to come later...