This past weekend wasn't the best, but it wasn't the worst either. Faith didn't get sick! She ate, she gained weight, she got out of bed every day, and for the first time throughout this process, she asked for visitors! Hallelujah! And, of course, my little nut smiled through it all.
There was plenty to smile about! Chandler and I had been given a gift certificate to the DC Steakhouse, our favorite restaurant, when this whole thing began (thanks Sabrina & Mike!). We decided to use it Thursday night to cheer us up after our big letdown the night before. We purposefully ordered too much so that we would have some yummy leftovers to eat at the hospital on Friday night, then we left our doggy bag at DC. Shit! Oh we'll, moving on.
Friday morning, Faith and I got to the clinic early with Bosa donut holes for the entire team. The part-time nurse, Patty met us in the waiting room and explained that she and Sharon, the full-time nurse were fighting over who was going to get to work with Faith. Cool!!! That's my girl.
Sharon brings us back to an exam room, the doc comes and goes, one of my patients parents who works there pops her head in to say hi :) Sharon is in and out. It's practically a party! I enjoy the lighthearted, casual nature and Faith likes it, too. Actually, she loves going to clinic. But, I was rendered speechless as I looked up to see our favorite waiter, Jeff, from the DC Steakhouse enter our room toting our white, styrofoam to-go container. "If you wanted me to come visit, all you had to do was ask! You didn't need to leave your steak on the table." I feel like bugs bunny when his jaw hits the floor and his eyes bug out. Wow! "Is it ok that I'm here? I can wait outside." Ok?!? Yeah, it's ok! That is the most selfless, kindhearted, surprise I've had in...well, at least a week (prior to August 12th I would have said EVER). Amazing. Not only did Jeff wrap up our food, take it home, then get up early, brave the traffic, park in the wrong spot and follow a hospital map alllllll the way through the hospital and then outside to the ambulatory building, BUT he stopped at some point to arrange a gift bag of candy, activity books, AND a new game we'd never played, Farkle! Like I said, speechless!
At the hospital, we enjoyed a "picnic" lunch from Duck and Decantur, an oldtime favorite of my mom's and mine. Amy and Dave have brought sandwiches, chips, a lifetime supply of pickles, and yummy desserts. All 4 of us played a Cranium game that had us laughing so hard that we nearly..well, you know!.Good times for sure!
field to drop off the bracelet display, which snack bar Louie graciously offered
to display, I stopped at work. I needed to print some pictures off. While I was
there I there I picked up a present that had been left by a Bullmoose patient
who used to play softball with Faith. Her grandma had crocheted some hats for Faith. She wrote a lovely note that included a comment about how she knew that Faith wished she could bring her chocolate lab, Saki, to the hospital, but obviously couldn't, so she crocheted her a little Saki!