So I’m pleased to report that Ava still is doing amazing. She is spending quite a time off her CPAP these days and she is happy and full of smiles. It’s kinda strange in a way because her weight still seems to be creeping up, which would make us all expect that she is holding on to some extra fluid, but she’s not acting like she is fluid over-loaded. So we’ll just take it as it is, and praise God and continue to wait for a previously loved heart to come our way.
And Jason and the kids had a wonderful time away at the cottage with my parents and my brother John and his family. I talked to them everyday and although I was missing them like crazy, I was so happy to hear that they were having an amazing time.
And they were originally planning on coming home on Thursday, but as I was leaving Ronald MacDonald House Thursday morning I happened to stop and talk with one of the staff, and she informed me that the Toronto Health Unit had decided to keep the house closed another 5 days due to the Chicken-pox scandal that I had written about earlier. I was kinda annoyed to hear this news because it means that Jason and the kids would be coming back to still nothing going on at the house… no summer program or craft room and no home for dinners, nothing. So after I told Jason the news, my parents graciously offered to let them stay at the cottage until Saturday…. which was great for Jay and the kids, but I was kinda sad because I was already missing them so much and now I wouldn’t see them for a few more days.
But than Jason called me right back with this bright idea of me hopping on a bus to Parry Sound as soon as I could so I could join them at the cottage for two nights and then come back with them on Saturday. What a great idea! The nurses encouraged me to go, and so I got my act in gear, and at 2:30 pm I was on a bus headed North. Now I always hate leaving Ava, but feeling torn comes with the territory of having a child in the hospital as well as healthy children. And to be honest, I feel much better about leaving her when she was feeling better rather than leaving her when she isn’t doing well.
So Thursday night I was reunited with my family, and on Friday I got to enjoy a full day of beauty that is the lakes and trees and rocks of Northern Ontario. I think God’s timing is perfect. It was just wonderful to get away from the city and relax and refresh and gain some perspective again on our situation and know that God has a plan and is keeping us in His hands. I love that He knew I just needed to rest and spend time with my family and my parents, and God arranged it perfectly.
And so today we came back to Toronto. The girls and I went to see Ava this afternoon and she was again, very happy and full of smiles. Isn’t God good? We really attribute her turn-around to prayer, and God’s goodness. Just two weeks ago I was sure that we were losing her, and now she is feeling better than she has felt in ages, and it’s astounding and amazing all at the same time.
We feel so blessed as a family and I’m so thankful for even just a tiny vacation.