Tom Schaafsma's Journal
Saturday Evening: Day 15
Written Oct 27, 2012 8:06pmI am embarrassed to not have updated until now. I know many of you are wondering how the transition home has gone and how Tom is feeling. He is doing amazingly well considering what he has gone through. Yesterday morning I returned to the sun-room after taking a shower to discover him (against my instructions) hunched over a cane getting wet in the rain with the kids in the yard. He was busy overseeing their mowing, harvesting, and general yard pick-up. I couldn't believe it! Upon hearing Tom was outside, a neighbor, knowing Tom has a terrific vocabulary said, "Ask Tom if he can spell the word 'COMPLIANT'!"Friday we visited the doctor for lab-work, X-rays, and set up an iPhone app to remind us of medication times and a few games to help Tom begin to exercise his mind. Today in between rain drops and sunshine the kids explored some yards of generous friends and back roads of Sequim in there hunt for apples. Overall they were met with great success.Tom and Ryan even ventured slowly into the woods and talked through the emotional event that one remembers and the other can only imagine to be true. We continue to take one day at a time yet look to the future with hopefulness and thanksgiving. As we reread cards, messages and the blog we are ever mindful of each of your presence in our lives. Thank you and blessings as always!
Thursday Evening: HOME AT LAST!!!
Written Oct 25, 2012 10:31pmRiding on a wheeled chariot out of the hospital wearing his "Rotarian at Work" t-shirt grinning from ear to ear, Tom was discharged just one day shy of completing a two week stay (didn't quite make it to the "stay two weeks and get two nights free" stage). How excited we were to be going home (Tom more than any of us)! After a relatively comfortable trip back to Sequim, we rounded the final bend in the road and were met by "welcome home" balloons waving in the breeze tied to the mailbox. Next we met friend Braden who was blowing leaves off our driveway and had the house warm and cozy with a fire built, hot soup on the stove from several wonderful friends and Nana's famous coconut cream pie. How great was that! A few more visitors came by and neighbors waved. Even the pharmacist who filled Tom's medications said she has been praying for him and was pleased to hear he is home! What a wonderful welcome! Tonight we are settling in. Hospice friends had dropped off a hospital bed and other needed equipment, which Ryan and Torin helped set up while Annie and I went to town to get prescriptions filled. It's been a long day but we are happy and thankful for our blessings. This Rotarian worked very hard today, as he has the 12 previous days, and we are proud! Thanks again to all for helping bring us home in healthy and improving conditions and high spirits!
Thursday Morning Day 13
Written Oct 25, 2012 12:39pmWell, today is a very big day for us! They are kicking Tom out of HarborView as he has made too much progress to stay. We are amazed as we remember the comment made 12 days ago that if Tom survived, perhaps we'd have Thanksgiving dinner in our family camp up on SkyBridge floor 9. Yet by God's grace here we are, headed home, and in time for some cider pressing before winter creeps in! If anyone has a box of apples you want turned into a jug of cider, stay in touch as you will be welcome to join us for our annual pressing! We heard there was already frost at the homestead, so it is time to fire up the wood stove and put on a pot of comfort soup. We will continue to update this blog as we covet your prayers as we make the transition. I am SO incredibly grateful for our kids and their endless love and very able assistance, for my sister Lisa who has hung in here day and night as support and the interpreter of most things medical, friend George who camped here for nights (who is undergoing surgery today himself- please pray for him too) and for all of you who sent cards, brought meals, treats and hugs, and who have held our family in your many thoughts and prayers over these 2 weeks. We could have NOT done this journey without you. I'm a little stressed over the move back home so soon, but know that God is still at work and I try to let myself rest in that. Already we have witnessed His hand in every detail, I have no reason to think He will slack off now. We have goals to continue working on at home through perhaps home health and out patient services. So... As we wait for he final discharge papers and instructions, I will send this post off.