Today was a great Gifty day!
After spending almost 2 months straight in the hospital tonight she is at home sleeping with her new ma.
Let me explain-
It was a month ago today that I had bring Gifty back to the emergency room to be admitted again for a respiratory infection. During that time she has had at least 3 runs of different IV antibiotics trying to get it under control. Last Wednesday she was transferred to another hospital for more tests and x-rays.
Meanwhile, at home in Wisconsin, a family has been preparing to welcome Gifty. Last Friday Heidi arrived with a hopeful heart that she would be able to return home with Gifty when she has to leave, this Friday, December 5th.
Today we got the good news. Gifty was discharged into Heidi's care! This is a victory day. It is precious to see the two of them together. While we were driving home to where Heidi is staying you could feel the excitement in the air. It felt like we were bringing a new baby home from the hospital for the first time, but then I realized we were doing exactly that.
I have to admit that I am struggling a bit with the fact that Gifty will be leaving me soon. It is both wonderful and heartbreaking to think about. It is also odd to watch her bonding so quickly with her new ma. I mean, it is amazing, but also difficult to not feel replaced. I know that I have been here for Gifty for this time and am thankful for it. I am just not sure what to do with all these emotions I am feeling.
There are still a lot of things that have to happen this week for Gifty to be able to leave. She needs to stay healthy, the medical visa needs to be confirmed, and all the government/adoption paperwork needs to be finalized.
But right now, today, I am basking in the joy I saw reflected in Heidi's face as she bathed and dressed her daughter for the first time this evening. It was priceless.