A nurse woke us up this morning at shift change with the news that we get to go home today. He seemed a little shocked when I started putting Jordan's shoes on and pushing the bed towards the door. Apparently, it doesn't work like that...
I want to take a moment to recognize OHSU as a world class hospital. We are floored at how hard they have worked to make our stay as comfortable and stress-free as possible. All of the nurses we have interacted with have been so professional. They also take the time to just talk about life and not just about the logistics of why we are there. They have had such a gentle touch when working with us. The facilities here are beautiful and state of the art. People literally come hang out at the hospital for the views. The surgeons have been great. They were professional and honest with us. Jordan's surgeon came by early yesterday morning in the ICU just to check in. He did this even though he had shared with me the day before that we wouldn't need to see him again unless Jordan was undergoing another surgery. This experience could have been so much different without the world class staff here.
We are excited to get back to our home. We know the last month has just been one really long and delayed introduction to what is slowly becoming our new reality. There have been some frustrating times waiting and not knowing what is coming. There is still another waiting period that we are being faced with right now. Jordan and I both know that there was a purpose for this last month though.
We believe firmly and have seen it over and over again that the community we have been given in Oregon loves us, cares for us and is 100% exactly what we need for today. Just in the last couple of weeks as we have shared our story with more and more people that tangled web of community has grown tremendously. It includes people of all colors, creeds, shapes and sizes. We have had people from way back when reaching out to us. People literally from the other side of the globe. People that have helped shape us into the couple that we are today and people that we got into all sorts of trouble with growing up (me more so than Jordan on this one).
Interacting with these people has had us laughing and crying so much from all of the incredible memories we share. True friendship and community is not lost with a little distance and time. We are being reminded of that each day and are so thankful!
With all that being said daily life isn't going to be changing for us while we wait for the next step. We are both itching to get back to the gorge. Our home is literally one of the most beautiful places we have ever been right now. The weather is perfect (we have about 16 hours of sunlight a day), everything is green and the most delicious fruit you have ever eaten is literally falling from the sky. We are going to get out for lots of walks, do our normal exploring, spend lots of time in the backyard as the sun goes down and sleep with the windows open! There is no better place to relax and prepare for whatever is next.
One quick funny picture. Our friends brought Jordan a pirate ship pinata and a card with parrots on it to go with her eye patch.
Thanks again for all your support!