Today wasn't easy but it was good
I wrote something so inspired that streamed straight from my soul to yours on Monday morning as I was overlooking the Kennebec River. I was excited to transcribe all of this from my journal to the blog on Tuesday but life had other plans for me.
My six-year-old, Flannery, fell on the playground at school Tuesday morning and severely broke her elbow. She was rushed to the hospital by ambulance and Damian and I were told to meet her there.
As I drove to the hospital it felt like the ground wasn't beneath me. How was it that she was in an ambulance and neither of her parents were with her?
My Dad and I got to the hospital first. Time stood still as I waited for Flanny to arrive.
And then I finally saw her sweet face. Her brave spirit. And that arm. My stomach turned.
My husband, parents, and I spent the day in the hospital with Flanny. We waited for hours to be seen by the surgeon. And then it was time to move forward.
We kissed her. We told her how much we love her. And then she was off for surgery. Just like that.
She emerged from the operating room with 3 pins in her elbow and a big blue cast covering the length of her arm. The surgeon was so sweet to put a matching cast on her beloved stuffie, Bo Bo.
When Laila saw her little sister for the first time her eyes filled with tears.
And then she dutifully took on the role of nurse, fitting right in with the hospital staff. Feeding her sister crackers and scratching any itch that Flanny had. They were sisterly like sisters for sure.
We finally returned home that night. Flanny was in good spirits and we were all exhausted. But Damian and I looked at each other and agreed,
“Today wasn’t easy but it was good.”
Why was it a good day? We were surrounded by family, friends, and community. The care providers at the hospital were so caring and helpful every step of the way. Our girls are healthy.
Life is good and precious and things can change in the blink of an eye.
We're managing pain and recovering the next few days. Please send your good healing energy and prayers to Flannery.
And I invite you to notice, with whatever it is you're facing right now, what makes today a good one.
With love and gratitude today and always,
P.S. I share my deepest gratitude with my parents who were with us all day Tuesday. Their comfort and support was so needed.
I thank the compassionate, loving, and kind Ed Tech who rode from school to the hospital with Flannery in the ambulance. Flanny felt safe and comforted because of her wonderful presence.
I thank my dear extended family and friends for their phone calls and texts of support throughout the day. I thank my neighborhood and larger community (locally and afar and online!) for being so present and loving, bringing cards, gifts, and offering to help in any way they can.
I thank the surgeon and all healthcare providers at the hospital that were both helpful and compassionate every step of the way.
I thank my wonderful team at The Nourished Home, especially Rani, my beloved Client Care Coordinator, and Lisa, my project manager, for picking up the pieces and taking care of everything here during this time.
I thank Laila for being a loving, devoted big sister, willing to help in any way that she can.
I thank Damian for knowing how to keep me calm, how to tell a great distracting story to a hurting girl, and for rushing home without question all the way from Port Clyde when he was moments away from hopping on a ferry to Monhegan Island for an important work meeting (Thank God for the timing of that call from school!).
And I thank Flannery for showing me another part of who she is -- A courageous, patient, cooperative, good-humored being in the face of trauma. Child, you amaze me.
P.P.S. Flannery wants the world to know that her cast is ready for signing. ;)