Its not definite yet but it looks like Gaines could be going home tomorrow. Our doctors here have talked with the Montgomery doctors and Baptist South is ready for him. Our insurance contact has spoken with the transfer team and right now they don't have anything on their books so it could be tomorrow. She reminded me that since Gaines is not an emergency, should an emergency come up, he'd be bumped to a later date this week. I'm just so excited that my baby is going home!
So far the plan is for Reed and me to fly home tomorrow and for Beau to fly with Gaines (I think I'd be a nervous wreck). Here's how it will work: an ambulance will pick up Gaines from GWUH and take him to the airport. From there a medical jet will take him to a Montgomery airport where another ambulance will be waiting to take him to the hospital. All of this should take about 6-8 hours. I am SO excited to get Gaines home but also SO nervous about his transfer. Please pray for a successful and safe transfer and comfort for my nerves.
While I am so excited about all of this I'm also a little sad. We have come to really rely on so many people here. The doctors and nurses at GWUH have all been incredible and I will never be able to repay them for the care they have given Gaines and me. They have truly become our friends and family in D.C. I will also be sad to leave the friends we have made outside the hospital. I won't call you all by name but you all know who you are and we will be forever grateful to you for the support you've provided us throughout this long journey.
I'm tearing up writing this!
While this journey is still far from over (Gaines probably has another good month at least in the hospital), I feel like a huge chapter is closing. It's a little bittersweet. We aren't taking a healthy baby home like I'd envisioned, but I know that God is going to be with us back in Alabama and will carry us through the rest of this. God is SO good. I am truly humbled by His grace.
I need to run...TONS to do. We have lots of loose ends that we need to tie up today so I won't be able to respond to all of my well wishing emails, texts, etc. but please know that I'm getting them and that I'm so thankful for them all. And yes...we'll keep the blog up at least until Gaines gets home.
Love to all,