Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Cause I live and breathe this...

PHILADELPHIA FREEDOM!!
Elton John, Philadelphia Freedom

Does the song say it all?! We're free!!!!

Late yesterday afternoon, we finally got the results we'd been waiting for, and it was happy news!! Jay's INR was 2.58 - which is not only above the 2.0 they were looking for but in the range we've been aiming toward all along!! Hallelujah! Have I used enough exclamation points yet?!?! I don't care!! We're free!!!

From then it was a complete whirlwind of getting prescriptions ordered at a compounding pharmacy in Raleigh, getting enough meds to tide him over for the next few days, discharge instructions, frantic packing of the stuff we'd accumulated, and saying goodbyes to some amazing folks we met there. I was not prepared for how emotional those goodbyes would be. I shed a few tears with some of our favorite ICU nurses, including the charge nurse who performed CPR. We are so amazingly blessed to be bringing home a healthy kid.

We're at the Ronald McDonald House now, and we're bound for good ol' NC tomorrow. We will share pictures and details soon - but in the meantime we've got to take a picture of Jay slaying the Drexel Dragon that he's been begging to see...

35 comments:

Anonymous said...

:)

Lisa

Anonymous said...

Joy and celebration for your family! Praise will be shared this evening at service with our church family. Rhonda Ruffner (Ledford Office)

Anonymous said...

Happy Dance News!!!! Happy Dance News!!!! I am so trilled for you guys. This is the great news. I needed some today.
Ginger

Stacy said...

Great news!!!

Anonymous said...

GREAT NEWS!!!!!!!!!!

Can't wait to see Jay and the dragon! He's certainly slayed it (as have you and Derek).

Can't wait to see you in NC!

Lynn

C said...

HOORAY!!!!!! What a FANTASTIC way to start the day!!! We can't wait to see y'all!!!

Brandi Groft said...

HOOOOOORRRRRRAAAAAAAYYYYYYY!
Having just ready your Tuesday post, I was surprised to see the quick turnaround. This is such great news and home will have never felt so good!

Anonymous said...

Praise God!
Tears of joy streamed down my face as I ran down the hall yelling "Jay's coming home, Jay's coming home"
This is glorious news!!
Safe Travels,
<3
Stephanie and NCSU Child Care Team

Amy said...

HipHip Hooray! HipHip Hooray! HipHip Hooray!
Recipe for the Foster Family:
2 loving parents
1 brave little soldier
1 cutie pie piano man

Stir them all together and you have a family with strength, devotion and love. May God bless your family today as you rejoice and provide you with safe travels tomorrow! So very excited and happy for you! Blessings, Amy Kunkle

Libby said...

Incredible news! So very happy for you all!

Looking forward to seeing you back at church when Jay's ready.

Emily Erin said...

So delighted to hear this wonderful news! Praise and celebration from here!

Anonymous said...

THAT IS GREAT!!!!!!!! I know y'all are ready to be home with two happy healthy kids.

Maria

TOJ said...

Me: doing the happy dance....

and psyched that Jay gets to see his dragon! It is a pretty cool dragon, ya know!

Anonymous said...

YAHOOOOOOO!!!! So excited for you guys to finally be free and for Jay to be well enough to travel!

Sean Toomey

Anonymous said...

HAAAAA-LE-LU-JAH! HAAAAA-LE-LU-JAH!
HALLELUJAH, HALLELUJAH,
HA-LEEEE-LU-JAH!

I've been waiting to sing the Hallelujah Chorus when news of Jay's discharge came. So glad that day has finally arrived. Travel safely home to NC. Know that your FBC family will continue to keep you in prayer in this next stage of Jay's healing/recovery.

Mary Alice

Dawna Jones said...

GOD IS SO GOOD!!! I know you have mixed emotions about leaving all the new friends that seem almost like family. We are continuing to pray for complete healing. This is such good news! We love you all!

Anonymous said...

Safe journey to all of you!!! Just think in just a few shorts hours, your own bed and real pillows!!!

Crystal

Anonymous said...

Supercalafragalisticexpialadoshus!!!!!
Thank God for answered prayers!!!!
Have a safe trip home!

Debbie Gilland

Anonymous said...

PRAISE THE LORD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Aunt Ali

Cara said...

AWESOME!!
Have you compiled your "first dinner" menu from the recipes sent?
You'll just have to remind us not to hug TOO HARD when we see you--it'll just be all the pent-up hugs from these weeks....
Remember too, that now that you are closer geographically, we want to put hands and feet to all those prayers we've been making.
See you SOON!!!!

Anonymous said...

So happy to hear that for all of you! What an amazing blessing! We're praying for your safe travel and Jay's continued health improvements as ya'll make this transition! Looking forward to seeing Dr. Foster back around the school in the near future.

-will turbyfill

Anonymous said...

Wonderful News!!!!
Kat Moncol

Anonymous said...

Super, super, super news! We can't wait to see you at church when Jay is ready to come, although there will be hundreds of others also wanting to see you, so we will be patient. :)

Lynn M

P's mom said...

AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME!!! Can't wait to throw a big welcome home blast for you guys (even if it is a month or so down the road)!

Georgia said...

This post brought tears to my eyes! I'm so thankful for God's touch in your family and so happy for your family to be coming back to NC! yay!

Anonymous said...

YAY! I cannot imagine what you all must be feeling, but surely joy is high on that list! Can't wait to see you all back at FBC soon! Mallory

Becky said...

Amazing! Congratulations! Well done! I might miss checking your blog everyday for Jay and company news. But I'll get over it. Praise to God for his healing powers and the ability he has given to doctors and nurses.

Anonymous said...

I am sitting here with tears in my eyes! I am so happy for you all! I know it was been a rough few weeks but you have been such a great, strong mommy (and daddy). You have shown great strength and determination and only good things are ahead of you all now! Praise the Lord!

Sush said...

Wow! Jay is Caldwell Scholarship material! Yay for the lil' guy and for all of you!
Happy Days Are Here Again!
xoxox
Susie

Anonymous said...

Hooray! We'll be thinking of you as you travel and transition to life at home again. You have such a large group of people here waiting to celebrate with you and help in any way you need.

Kimberly Taylor

Anonymous said...

Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So happy for you all. Have a safe trip home.

Lisa Carpenter

Anonymous said...

Yay!!!! I'm so happy for you all!!!! Have a safe trip home!!!!

Meredith and Ragen Millen

Ann Lawrance said...

And all God's people said, "AMEN"
Love you, Annie

Anonymous said...

YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Wendy S.

Rebecca S. said...

THRILLED!!!! What a huge praise!!! Have a safe trip home and we'll see you soon!
Rebecca