Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Home at Last, Home at Last

First I must say it was amazing to sleep in my own bed last night. No nurses, weird noise, other patients, call bells, air filters or vital checks. Just silence and a comfy bed.

It was also amazing to see the kids. We did not tell the kids I was coming home. Crystal went to pick them up and I was lying on the couch. I watched them come in and take hats and coats off. Paige walked into the living room and said” hi daddy”, then ” HI DADDY!!!!!!” The Nolan came running in. It was a tear jerker moment. But then again, everything is lately for me.

Food is tasting good. I am down to 160. I was 184 when I went in. I ate very well at home today. Things still taste off, but not terrible. I think it will only take a week or two to get back to weight. I would like to get to 170 or so and hold there. I then need to build some muscle mass back.

I am basically on quarantine for the next couple of months. I do not need to wear a mask at the house. We are not to have visitors for the next month. If someone does stop by, they need to mask and glove up. If the kids start to show the first sign of illness, they will need to mask up at the house and so will I. I need to take roughly 10- 12 pills each day. I take my temp twice a day. If I spike over 100.5, I may need to be re-admitted due to the fact it could be due to some sort of infection. We have a checkup at least once a week in Boston for the next couple of months.

Looking back over the posts over the last month, there are some parts I do not remember. I can truly say, it was the toughest and worst month of my life. I missed my family, friends and had some pretty low, low, low days. There were times I was convinced that I was not returning to Maine. I was not going to be leaving the hospital period. That is a terrible feeling. What kept me going were all the well wishes and positive messages sent via e-mail, over the blog, via phone etc. I cannot thank each of you enough for everything you have done. All of you saved my life on several levels.

We still have a tough battle ahead, but I truly feel the worst is behind us. Several people have said I have a guardian angel and I am starting to believe that. Hopefully, the angel can take a break for a while, kick back and enjoy a Shipyard Prelude over the holidays :)


Kirsten said...

Welcome home, Chad! The worst is behind you now and being home will help keep your spirits high as you continue to recover. The road will still be a tough one, but you will get there! All the best to you and your family!

Anonymous said...

welcome Home!!! This is great to see your update tonight..... I can just picture how happy the kids were to have you back home. We are here cheering you on Kiddo every single day.. Hugs to you and Chrystal Love, Glennyse & Mike

sonya said...

talk about tear jerker.... i could hardly breathe through this post and then to read it out loud to Mark....YIKES!
The double take that Paige did is priceless! Way too cute! I love that story!
Glad you explained the situation at home with gloves, masks, protocols, etc. I've been wondering about all of that.
So happy you are home and cozy! So happy for your family!

Jenn Roark said...

YAY!!! So great to hear you are home and doing well!! I never stop thinking about you!!! You are have gone through so glad you HOME!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for getting me choked up!!! GEEZ!!! We all love you and know you would be the first one in line to lend support...and crys would be leading the charge!!! Both of you are wonderful,strong,and very glad youre home!!!

Love xoxo

Anonymous said...

Hi Chad! Im so glad I caught up on the GOOD news before I read the previous logs! I'm so glad you are home and feeling better... It's been an unbelievable road for all of you. I'll be keeping up with your blog- you guys a always on my mind. Michelle D.

Pretend this is real said...

Congratulations! So glad to hear you're home for the holidays!

Anonymous said...

This is the best blog post to date! Great reading about your return home! I find myself checking your blog first thing in the morning (before I hit the gossip sites)! I'm very happy for you & your family - you all deserve the very best for what you've all endured these past few months! Take care & be well.....

K Luce

Nitsirk said...

You really are an inspiration. Your attitude has been amazing and you have certainly taught me not to take anything for granted. I am so glad you are able to come home and be with your family for the holidays. We are practically neighbors so if you guys need anything let us know.

Kristin in Gorham

Anonymous said... that I can see clearly again..snif snif. So glad you are home with your family again. Sounds like you still have some trying times ahead but based on how you all have handled the past several months everything will be fine. You truly are an inspiration...all of you. Best of luck in the weeks and months ahead. I will continue to watch for updates on your full recovery!!
I know you will have a very Merry Christmas! Donna B - PS. was glad to see your kids at the PWD Christmas party - hope they had fun.

Kevin @ Half TRI-ing said...

It's awesome to see you come home!!


Bonnie said...

I am so glad to hear your home with your family. You're strength is an inspiration to us all. Happy Holidays!

Mollie said...

speaking of tear jerking moments... Thanks for the update chad!
I cannot begin to imagine what the past month (s) have been like for you. I believe the worst of it is behind you now. You have given me perspective in my own life on a daily basis. So glad you're home in time for Christmas. xox

JJM said...

Very happy to read you are home and with the family!!

Thanks for the update.

Erin said...

As if just having 2 kids doesn't make me sentimental enough.... you just made me cry some too ;)

So happy you are home and so happy the worst month of your life is behind you. The journey back to good health is hard on the spirit and body as well, be kind to yourself.

Your attitude is just the total bomb Chad, it always has been so no surprise there!

Much love to you and your family.

Sarah Woulfin said...

Great to hear that you're home! Take care.

Anonymous said...

Glad your home, Thinking about you and your family!!! Stay as positive as you can, your doing great Chad!

Melissa Bourgeois-Lang

Anonymous said... are the man. So glad that you are back in Maine with your family. We all miss you here at work (especially your friends on the SAAC team...remember that? hehe) and are following the blog closely, so keep it up!!

See you soon,