Wow, what a year it has been! We made it through Christmas without any emergencies and we hope our New Year will be the same. When I think back as to how we started off last year, I am THRILLED that we are all still together this New Years.
Recently, a few people have made some comments to me which I know they meant in a positive way. One said, "We can't believe that Mike has hung on for this long" and when I told someone that Mike was well and still at home I got, "Gee, you must be doing something right, for him to still be here". In response to both people I said, "Yes, Mike's doctors have told me that we take GREAT care of him and it shows in his health". Realistically, we can't control everything, but because of our love and vigilance, Mike has pulled through some tough times. That is something I take great pride in.
A friend of mine told me last year, when Mike was not doing well, "Karen, at the end of the day you can honestly say that you did EVERYTHING you could for Mike. You will have no regrets". That simple statement has helped me through many tough times. I know I have exhausted myself taking care of Mike and making sure he's well taken care of. I know when the time comes, it will be because God's will. It will not be for the lack of our love or care - it will just "be time".
Each day we have with Mike is a gift, in fact we have that saying in our front hallway - Every day is a Gift. We have been blessed in so many ways and it is my honor to take care of Mike. Courtney and Brandon have learned such valuable lessons in life, lessons that will make them compassionate and loving adults. All our lives are richer in faith.
As I look back to where we were last year, I am very thankful. At that time, I didn't think Mike would still be with us. We were given another year, something many people aren't lucky enough to have. One day at a time. Another gift to appreciate.
A Happy, Healthy and Blessed New Year to Everyone............