Jess now resides on the 7th floor on the TGH with her next stop, her condo!
Walking more, talking more and looking more and more like the Jess we know. Her strength is coming back one day at a time so she is able to push herself more everyday. With that being said, it's equally important for Jess to rest after she pushes herself so you are stuck with me blogging while she gets some sleep.
I can tell you as we get closer and closer to Jess' departure from the hospital, she is getting so excited about her future. It has been a long road but I think she will tell you it's all been worth it in the end. To see someone who struggled to breathe for the last number of years now take a deep breath without struggling, is truly amazing. No more mask, no more Archie, no more wheelchair and most importantly, no more constant coughing / granny shuffle.
I had a chat with Griffin about his moms new lungs and he said " ruff, rufffff, ruffffff, rufff". That translates to " I am excited for mom to run with me and take me out for the bathroom while others sleep comfortably". I don't think that will be a problem as I am sure Jess will be up at the crack of dawn enjoying her new lungs.
Sometimes in life we need to hear a story like this to not take life for granted. When everything is great in life, we just live. Time goes by so quickly that we don't realize all of the wonderful things around us. We complain about a cold, a cough, bad weather, traffic, family members, etc. We don't think about how lucky we are to breathe fresh air, go for a walk, drive a car or simply have a conversation with a friend or family member. It's easy to lose focus of what's important in life but a situation like Jess' and so many others can really hit home.
Lastly, Jess is a very happy person in general because she appreciates the small things in life. Even when life wasn't so pleasant, Jess was happy because all she needed to be happy was her family, friends and Griffin. The things that make her happy are always there no matter what the situation is. She taught me a lot about happiness and the important things in life.
I leave you with another important lesson I learned. This is a quote from a best friend that passed away in August. "Get as happy as you can, as fast as you can"
Liam and Jess, thank you for making me a better person :)