Day 26 of 30 Days of Gratitude: I am grateful I can be available for my family

Monday started out as a typical day in our house. After getting the girls ready, Chris brought them over to daycare while I got ready for my day. I thought it would be nice to visit a fellow HLHS mom whose son recently had his first surgery at Children’s. As I stepped out of the shower the phone rang. Wrapping a towel around me I hopped over to the phone trying not to slip on the tile. It was the daycare. Addie just threw up all over the table. Awesome. Let me get dressed, I’ll come over to get her.

Texted my friend and apologized for not being able to visit but am glad I wasn’t bringing any germs into the CICU environment. At first Addie didn’t want to leave but after some coaxing she was convinced to put her coat on and come home. We had popsicles, some juice boxes and spent a lot of time running to the bathroom. It could have been worse. 

At 2:30 Liz came home and we went to our hair appointment that I promised to make for her to color her hair. It was nice spending time with her since we don’t get the opportunity to do so that often. I got to hear about her english teacher getting let go and how weird the whole situation was. We both left happy with our red tints and I was happy that we were able to go. Chris was home by the time we got there and the temp Addie was starting to get decided to go away for the night.

I’m grateful I was able to take care of Addie, cuddle with her on the couch and give her popsicles when she needed them. In the past, I wouldn’t have been able to be there for my girls when the got sick. I would need someone else to come in and be the person by the bedside until I got home. This day was different, and I was happy that it was just the two of us for most of the day. Addie doesn’t get the chance to have one of us all to herself for very long so I was happy to be there.

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