It was Sam's last day at Kindy today before we head to Brisbane for his catheter and impending surgery. He has finished two weeks early so that any bugs he picks up have a chance to leave before hospital. In the month that he has attended Kindy he has had gastro and a slight head cold. He had a very fun last day and his teachers made him a card with photos that he is going to take to the hospital with him, to remind him that will go back to Kindy once it is all over.
So bravely today he waved goodbye to his class, telling them that he was going to have his test and he would be back one day soon and he would have a flat chest like his brother Jack (we have only told him this once and he is really stuck on it). At home this afternoon he told me that he doesn't want to be a heart kid, just a normal kid. What do you say to that? I can try to encourage him that heart kids are wonderful, but both of us know that it would be better if his heart was normal. So I didn't lie, just gave him a smile and a hug, and told him, 'I know mate'. I can't tell you how many other answers flashed through my mind before I settled on that one. It is what it is, nothing more.
Tomorrow we drive the hour or so to Barcaldine for Sam to see the public dentist to have a pre-operative dental check up. They only visit Longreach once every six weeks or so. Jack is having the day off from school and we are making a day trip of it.
Gran Watson is arriving in two weeks to be here with Don and Jack when Sam and I fly out. It all seems a little too real now. One day at a time...one foot in front of the other.
How do I feel? Anxious at times, due to what I know is coming, and not knowing how it is all going to pan out. Relieved because the wait is almost over. Focused to the point where it sits continually in the back of my mind, while the rest of me does the day to day. Humble to know that I don't have any control and just have to trust that God has got it all covered. And in the meantime I try to gather enthusiasm to complete this Avon campaign, celebrate Don's birthday and try to conversate with others when my mind has trouble keeping up with my mouth. So forgive me if I seem vague at times. It's just me trying to deal with life as I know it.