After a week settling back in from our looooong hospital stay, we've finally returned to our normal routine. Soren is getting around much better, gaining strength each day, and even returned to school yesterday. The last week has been such an odd one, both with the adjustment to being together as a family again, and also just a general feeling of disturbance as the remnants of hurricane (or tropical storm or superstorm or whatever) Sandy are dealt with.
Many of my friends and family were without power, and some even had extensive damage done to their homes. It's heart-wrenching reading about the events on Staten Island, especially having come so close to losing my own child. The devastation that so many people are facing is unfathomable to me, and my heart goes out to families who were affected.
Thankfully, the only disruptions here revolved around Halloween--it seems like it's the holiday that just won't end. Unbeknownst to me, S had his Halloween party yesterday, so I had to run home and grab a costume from the dress up box.
Returning from the hospital, I've been overwhelmed with gratitude towards the hundreds of people who have helped us, from the gifts of food and childcare for Jude (thank you Amy!) to the individuals who cleaned Soren's hospital room and brought him his meals. It's amazing when you think about it how many small parts people play in our lives, both in sickness and in health. Even the mailman, who came bearing get well cards despite wind and rain. And even your, dear readers, leaving comments of support and gifts of prayer.