It’s 10:30 Sunday night, and I’ve just gotten back from bringing Katie back to Calgary – crazy how quickly that has become normal!  It’s just become part of our regular weekend routine.

It was a little over a month ago that Katie was left room 373 and was officially discharged  from the Foothills Medical Centre – hooray!  It was a huge step, meaning she had made some major gains in her weight restoration, and was medically stable enough to be out of hospital.  She was discharged just a few days before the wedding, and it was so great to have her home.  We were able to attend the graduation ceremonies from Immanuel, which was really exciting for her.  Katie was able to see and hang out with so many of her classmates – again, what a gift!

The weekend of the wedding was a bit of a gong show for everyone, but even more so for Katie.  While I’m so thankful she was able to be home, it was quite the shock for her, after being hospitalized for the previous 4 months.  But with the help of friends and family, she did great.

After the wedding, Katie returned to Calgary, but this time as an outpatient at the Alberta Children”s Hospital.  She spends her days at the hospital as part of the day treatment program and her evenings staying with a “host family”, a family in Calgary who has opened their home to patients of this program.  She comes home every Friday afternoon at 4:30, and returns to Calgary every Sunday evening around 7.  This has been her routine for 4 weeks now, and will remain this way for the next 8.
It’s a good program, and she’s learning a lot,but definitely still having her struggles.  Working through this many emotions is hard work, and she is exhausted by the end of the day.  Weekends are great, but also a struggle. We’re all working on finding out what our new “normal” is, and we’re figuring it out by trial and error.  
Staring the next 8 weeks in the face is daunting – seems like forever.  For her, for me, for all of us.  But, for now, we’re looking at all the things we have to be thankful for.  Thankful for the fact that Katie is here, alive, and recovering. Thankful for the fact that we live in this great country of ours with our health care system, and we don’t have to worry about how we’re going to pay for her treatment.  Thankful that even though she’s not at home, she has a “home” to go to at the end of the day, and isn’t having to share a hospital room with 5 other patients.  Thankful that even though the 1,000+ km that we put on every weekend are not cheap, we have a vehicle that has been doing so well and just keeps on going.  Thankful that we get to spend weekends together, as a family.