Mark today down as one of the best days of my entire life. Leslie got to come home for the day!!
She called my house around 9:30 this morning to say they were getting ready to leave. I hopped in my car and dashed over to her house to anxiously await her arrival.
When she pulled in, I watched through her bay window, camera in hand, and proudly watched her get out of the car all by herself, and walk inside. Naturally, the first thing SHE did was love on her puppy, Aggie, but that didn't stop me from snapping pictures (and unfortunately, my camera isn't working well, so most of the pictures are blurry).
She. looked fabulous.
She was just so happy. She didn't stop smiling.
She spent the morning and early afternoon at home, alone with her husband. Around 3:30 in the afternoon, they both came to my house, where we had pizza and pumpkin cake, and she got to watch my kids get ready for Halloween. She loved it. She got to joke around and play with Ethan, and see all of Allison's latest tricks and new words. At around 7:30, George took her back to her house to say goodbye to Aggie, and then he had to take her back to the rehabilitation center.
I will admit, I am glad I didn't have to go with George to take her back, because I can only imagine it was REALLY hard. As she was sitting at my house as the evening was coming to a close, she kept saying she didn't want to go back, that she just wanted to go home and sleep in her own bed. I don't think she has much of a concept of time, so even though we kept reminding her she would be home for good in just a few short days, she kept asking if she could just stay home.
Thursday she is scheduled to be discharged for the last time. She is already asking if we can go to Old Chicago soon for dinner, even though her appetite is practically nonexistent. She won't be spending much time alone, if at all, so I am looking forward to spending a ton of time with her soon. I am off 3 days during the week, so those days are a given that she will be with me. My mom is off 1 day a week, so we will just have to make plans for her one other day (George will be home on the weekend). She absolutely LOVES company. It never seems to get old for her.
I am just so proud of her. She has made such huge steps within the last month and a half. It is such an honor to be her sister and I will never take my time with her, or any of my loved ones, for that matter, for granted.