And so today a chapter of our lives closes and we prepare to start the next chapter of our lives. We started today with a great deal of anticipation as Cris and I knew that today was the day that we finally would be able to go home with our whole family. Shay was officially discharged from the hospital this morning as I must admit that the feelings that we experienced were pretty bitter sweet.
Although we are so excited to start this next chapter of our lives today, we too were very sad to say good bye to some of the phenomenal people that we met during our four month stay at Women's College Hospital. Over the course of these four months, many of the staff at Women's have become much like family to us. They have cared for us, listened to us, supported us, laughed with us and cried with us. They provided support every minute of every day. I will forever be indebted to the staff at Women's College. Cris and I feel blessed to have met the people that we have and we look forward to maintaining some of these friendships in life.
Mixed with these feelings of sadness, were overwhelming feelings of pride and excitement. Cris and I felt a great deal of pride today as we packed our boys into their car seats and prepared to leave the hospital. Ciaran and Shay have come a long, long way. Looking back over our journey, we can't feel anything but pride when we think about their determination and will to live. I dreamed of the day that I would be able to leave with them in their car seats...and today this dream became a reality. We recognize that the journey is far from over as we have numerous follow up appointments still to attend - appointments that will likely continue to instill fear in Cris and I - however, what we have realized is that at this point we can only hope and pray that Ciaran and Shay will have the best possible outcomes.
The boys are already keeping us very busy at home. Cris has taken three weeks off work to assist with the transition which I am so thankful for. I apologize for not getting to this post sooner - as we have not had much of a second since we got home. We try to catch naps when the boys nap and find there is not much down time in between. We plan on keeping up the blog up and going with at least weekly updates.
To all of you - a sincere thank you for joining us on this long and difficult journey. We would not have been able to get through the past four months without your support. From your thoughts, prayers, encouraging words, phone calls, emails and visits - we are so very thankful. This post finds me for the first time really lost for words as the feelings that I have surrounding the support from our family and friends cannot fully be described. As long as you know, that we love you and appreciate you more than you will ever know.
We will post some of pictures from our last day at the hospital and our homecoming over the next day or so.
With lots of love,
Cris, Liza, Ciaran and Shay