Today, I’m taking a slight detour from A Pilgrim’s Draw. Instead of walking a trail or the mall and sketching for the Lenten pilgrimage, I’m walking the halls of Children’s Mercy for the last time. Today, I’m going with R2 to Children’s for his biannual Botox injections. This is his last visit there as he is getting too old for them and must transition to a regular physiatrist. Too be honest, he was very lucky to have been transferred to Children’s Mercy after the wreck. At sixteen, he was much older than any of the other ICU patients. That didn’t stop the nurses and doctors from taking amazing care of him.
Living at the hospital for three months, it almost became a second home. That’s pretty amazing as I HATE hospitals and avoid setting foot in them any way I can (issues from my childhood). We’ve come to know and trust the doctors at Children’s. After all, with God’s help they performed miracles and R2 is not only alive but defying all logic with his recovery. It’s hard to say goodbye to people who were there during the scariest time in your life.
However, I am thankful we have the opportunity to move on. It’s wonderful to see R2 entering adulthood, becoming independent and all the new beginnings we are approaching. Every day, every new challenge and surprise is a blessing for all of us. I just have to remind myself that I have to let go of the past and the familiar to embrace the future and the gifts it holds.
Coming up with a title for this sketch and post was surprisingly difficult despite brainstorming with R1 and R3. As usual, puns and bad jokes soon dominated our discussion and the list of titles. Their fave– they wanted to title this “Just Rip it Off”. They do know how to get to the point!!
Remember, faith works!