Friday, November 20, 2009

home again, home again

It was thought earlier this week Wendy might be discharged this coming weekend. Wendy tried to sit patiently with the thought of going home so soon. She thought about what it would be like to be home every minute she was awake. Her patience and her ability to trust was fully tested. After a thorough assessment this morning her team decided she was ready to go home today. At last, Wendy was cleared to go home.

The discharge process was quite extensive. Wendy went home with a Wound V.A.C., prescriptions, and orders for a home health nurse (who will start coming on Monday). Wendy will be using a walker, a quad cane, and a wheel chair.

The drive home from UC Davis was exhausting, painful, and stressful. Wendy was completely worn out by the time they arrived back in Madera. A balloon arch spanned across the front porch, waiting for Wendy's arrival, welcoming her home. She will be staying at her parents' house during the next weeks or months, while her recovery is still so critical. She has yet to see Skyler and Jadon because they are both sick and on antibiotics. At this point she is just SO thankful to be out of the hospital. She said a recliner has never felt so good. She has beyond enjoyed being home, looking at all of the framed family photos, especially the ones of the boys.

Doctors orders firmly state that Wendy is to have NO visitors. It is imperative she stay away from germs and that she get A LOT of rest. She has a long way to go and her recovery is just beginning. Please allow Wendy and her family time to readjust. Wendy will continue to share information through this blog and will communicate when she is able and ready to start receiving phone calls and visits.

Wendy will miss the amazing nurses, doctors, therapists, and staff that cared for her for the past month. Nurse Sandy from the ICU came to visit Wendy one last time early this morning. She sent Wendy on her way with a quote that truly captures the epitome of what Wendy has become. You thought Wendy was gentle, kind, and generous before the surgery? You just wait.

"The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggles, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people don't just happen."
- Elizabeth Kuber-Ross


  1. Welcome Home Wendy!!!!! We've been waiting to read such wonderful news!!! We will pray you have a couple of restful nights and will pray for your boys to get healthy so you can wrap your arms around them soon! So much love goes out to you! We love you!
    -Jason, Stephanie, Noah, Jenna, Jim, Sharon, Jerry, Cheryl, Grandma, and the very extended Patterson/Pohl Families who love you and are praying for you.

  2. Wendy I am so happy that you got your wish to be home by did it...praises to you and our almighty Saviour...I had the absolute honor of selling a cupcake to Jadon at the bake sale last night and as I was talking to him , I will never forget the twinkle in his eye and the smile on his face as he got his treat for his mommy...I cannot begin to explain to you on this blog all of the "Wendy" stories I heard last night...fellow teachers, students, friends and are in the thoughts and prayers of so many people...I know it has been a long rode but you have made such great strides...continue to keep your eyes on God!

  3. Welcome Home Wendy! I cant even begin to tell you how happy I was to hear that you were coming home today! You have been in my thoughts and prayers constantly and will continue to be. I cant wait for the day when I see you drop Jaydon off at The Growing Patch again! Stay strong and keep fighting, I will keep praying for you!

  4. Wendy, welcome home! What a blessing that you are able to be home with your family now. It was so amazing to see all the people at the Spaghetti Dinner who were there to support you, you are so loved! Enjoy being home!

  5. YOU ARE HOME??!!! What a wonderful thing! To be back with your family and in the place that is most familiar! My heart is so happy for you. Still praying for you every time God brings you to my mind. Especially now that you are home and wanting to be back to normal and be "Mom and Wife" yet still having to rest and heal. That can be quite frustrating. Just know that your love is communicated through your hugs and kisses and words. I can remember not too long ago I was laid out on the couch for a week unable to get up because my head was in so much pain. I felt helpless hearing the chaos going on as my husband tried to deal with all 3 kids, dinner, bedtime, etc. and I couldn't do anything but lay there. As I prayed God reassured me that it was okay. He would meet my kids needs and give my husband the strength he needed to get through this too. Keep up your courage! Everyday God is working in you healing and strengthening.

  6. singing praises!!! what a wonderful Thanksgiving gift!!!

  7. WooHoo!!! We are singing praises and thanking our gracious Lord that you are HOME!!! We prayed for you at Bunko on Thursday night. We miss you and can't wait to see you soon! We will continue to pray for you till you are completely healed, Girl!!
    Love you~

  8. Soo Sooo HAPPY to hear the wonderful news Wendy!!! We will continue praying for your continued healing. I pray that your boys are in your arms very, very soon!!!
    Love you Lots,
    The Hills =)

  9. Wendy,
    I am so thankful that you are doing well enough to come home. Praying that you continue to heal wih as little pain as possible and that God will restore your strength a little more each day. Praising God that you have a beautiful mother who will insist that you get the rest you need and care for you. Once you are all better, it would be great to see you and your family sometime. Take care and enjoy Thanksgiving!

  10. Eulis and I are sharing tears of joy for you beautiful people. WELCOME HOME WENDY!!!