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The Emotional Maze

The Emotional Maze

So, there’s a lot going on right now. A lot. I’ve had just about every metaphor for this excessive goings-on tossed in my direction–I’ve got irons in the fire, balls being juggled in the air, plates spinning, my hands full, as well as my plate...
My Son is Alive

My Son is Alive

My son is ALIVE. We’ve been in the ICU for a month. At this point, I assume that nearly everyone in the unit knows the story of why we’re here because: A. People talk and word gets around, B. I have shared this story so many times that I just figured word...
Cocktails and Safekeepers

Cocktails and Safekeepers

The last few days have been a bit volatile, to say the least, with some of the biggest highs followed by some significant lows. All of these events have been due to the ongoing very non-linear and sometimes messy place that we are at, as we work towards getting...
A Big, Loud Exhale

A Big, Loud Exhale

When I’m supporting someone in a labor, I teach them to take a big inhale through their nose followed by an audible exhale through their mouth at the beginning of every contraction. ¬†This is a sign to everyone in the room to stop talking, to not take their blood...
Withdrawal Sets In

Withdrawal Sets In

My heart is aching tonight…and not because my guy had a bad day. It was quite the opposite, for the most part. We started with a very early morning rise to a blown IV, the IV that replaced the PICC line he had partially pulled out, which was now carrying all his...