written by: jamie kraus
We laughed at our friend Hite the other day for using the title ‘Friendsgiving’ for a picture he posted on social media. (Apparently this is really a thing because I’ve seen it a few other times since then). And while I am definitely not as hip as Hite, I am officially coining the term ‘Homegiving’. I’m pretty sure that’s what you get when you combine homecoming and Thanksgiving. It seems only fitting that since our Jen got to come HOME from the hospital today (yes, you read that right), we can celebrate her homecoming along with celebrating Thanksgiving. All in the same week!! I’ve always loved a 2 for 1 deal. But this one seems extra sweet.
Drs. Casanova and Osborne determined that Jen was well enough to leave the hospital when they visited this morning. And let’s be honest. Jen’s reaction to that news would have been pretty excited without medication. But Jen on steroids? Please tell me you’ve seen ‘There’s Something About Mary’ because Jen’s actual reaction was akin to Magda’s energy level after she accidentally swallowed a ‘mystery’ pill in her drink.
I’ve known Jen for over 30 years and I really don’t think I’ve ever seen more energy exude from that body of hers. I guess after 9 days of being cooped up in the hospital, the thought of going home jazzed her up a bit.
Too bad I already vacuumed my couch this week.
Jen said the only one not jazzed up about her going home would be Lincoln, as he’s grown very fond of his hospital room (Pickens 518).
Here he is with his first ‘pet’ aptly named Ladybug. Juju took him for a walk around the hospital one day and he found the pet he’s always wished for. T. Boone, you’ve done it again. Thanks for making dreams come true.
As cute at Ladybug was, no one else was fighting to stay one more night. Except maybe Phil Collins.
Over the past year, we have been praising our heavenly Father for the ‘small victories’ (as we call them) on this journey. Today, we praise Him for allowing Jen to come home. These are our praise hands.
We also praise Him for the care of the nurses, the wisdom of the physicians, the countless acts of kindness that occur on a daily basis, and the friends who ADORE and take care of the precious 4 year old owner of “Ladybug”. All gracious gifts from above.
Jen and I also had a nice little chat today on the way home from Baylor about the Lord miraculously providing all she had needed to get through each day in the hospital. He truly is steadfast and faithful. And even though being home from the hospital will prove to be a challenge in many ways (organizing Jen’s daily medications would make even the most type A person sweat), we will cling to the promise that our Lord will meet her every need in the days to come. (Philippians 4:19)
[A side note: the difference between me and Jen writing this blog? I had to google the reference to that verse and she would have nailed it from memory. Just keepin’ it real.]
Many of you have inquired about what the future holds for Jen. If she knew, I promise she’d be the first one to tell you. But the hard truth is none of us know. Not even the doctors. Yes, she’s home from the hospital. But that doesn’t mean that she didn’t throw up an hour after she returned home today. Is this her new normal? Most likely. I’ve learned that stage 4 cancer is like an uninvited visitor that has overstayed its welcome, and has no intentions of ever leaving.
For now, we continue to pray for peace & comfort for Jen, Scott & Linc. All it takes is one look at this picture to prove that God is providing just that.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.
And Happy Homegiving to the Clouse house.
With a grateful heart,
PS: Just got word that CC has already made a spreadsheet of Jen’s daily meds so the ‘medical management team’ (aka her helicopter friends) can keep it all straight. THANK YOU CC!!!