Claire was scheduled to come home on Tuesday, July 27. We brought her home yesterday instead! We decided not to post about it yesterday because we had someone coming in that we wanted to surprise. It was a surprise, so mission accomplished.
Claire was discharged from OCH yesterday morning at 10:30 AM. We’d made the request for an early discharge on Tuesday because there was little point in staying through the weekend: the extra four days would be invested for only a couple of hours of extra therapy. We felt that getting Claire home would be much more therapeutic. The Care team agreed.
We also kept the news secret from Heidi and Autumn. Both girls were speechless when the front door opened and Claire entered. Autumn gets embarrassed when she is overcome with shock and retreats from those situations. Heidi didn’t have anything to say for 10 minutes. Her Aunt Krissy asked her if she was happy. Heidi just smiled and said, “Yes.” Seeing their reactions was a great payoff.
These past two days with Claire at home have been busy. We got some more furniture to organize the girls’ room and spent a lot of yesterday finding homes for their collective belongings. Trips to Sam’s Club and Vitamin Cottage were in order to get some much-needed supplies: Huggies diapers and a pill crusher were the most important. OCH used Pampers diapers for the duration of our stay. We don’t like Pampers. We are walking spokespersons for the absorbent power of Huggies. It makes a difference! The pill crusher is for Claire’s meds. Three of her prescriptions were delivered in pill form. We have to crush the pills and mix with water to administer via her G-Tube. We’d been using a spoon and a bowl to do this. The pill crusher has made it easier to draw her meds now. These were the last two pieces we needed to take care of Claire.
Everything else had been completed beforehand. Last week was a mad dash to make the Friday discharge date. I was so excited and full of nervous energy last week that my sleep cycle suffered further. For that reason, I’m going to cut today’s update short and get in bed. We’ve already seen some improvement since Claire has been at home. I’ll share those things with you tomorrow. How’s that for a teaser?
Goodnight to all and thank you for your prayers and support. We’re home!