There was good news when Joe saw the surgeon this a.m. in Los Angeles. The air bubble he inserted yesterday worked and the retina is fully reattached. It will be a while before Joe's vision returns, but he can now lay on his back and he even took a walk this afternoon. They had postponed their return flight to Washington, but it's back on for Tuesday morning. We have one more day together.
When Laura and I were playing with the boys on the front lawn today, a woman volunteered to take some photos of us together. It was a gorgeous California day. Mollie has proved to be very kid-friendly, but sometimes jumps too roughly on little Arlo. I did manage, however, to vacuum two rooms today and even gardened some. Now that Joe is out of the woods, regular life kicks in.
I live just a half block from Redondo Beach Fire Station #1 and when we took a walk today, we had hoped to see the Sunday vehicle washing extravaganza, but the trucks were back in the station. The chief, however, generously gave of his time letting Zach sit in several places on the truck. Even Arlo got a turn.
My feelings are all over the map. I have adored having my family the 10 days they have been here, but Joe's detached retina gave us all a lot of food for thought. In just a heart beat, life can totally change. It appears that the ultimate outcome is going to be positive for Joe and his family, but only time will tell.
As for me, the past four days have been in the routine I had as a young mom. You just power on, feed kids, keep them clean and safe, try to keep the house from turning into a dump, naps, play times, dog walking. You do what you can in the few minutes of alone time you have before it's time to sleep. I had forgotten how hard those days were. I greatly admire all you young families with kids. My life is an easy one in comparison. Thanks to all of you who have left comments and sent e-mails of encouragement. I greatly appreciate it!