"Aerodynamically the bumblebee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn't know that so it goes on flying anyway."
This has been quite the trip so far! I was determined to get to bed early enough last night, that waking up at 3am wouldn't be such a big deal...yeah right! As soon as my head hit the pillow, my eyes opened wide. After tossing and turning like a crazy lady, I almost decided to just throw out the idea of good sleep, and instead, head back to the hospital. I had sent Amy (so hard to say good bye to her last night!) a text about how I was wide awake and my plan. Her text back said, not to go back, but to take that time with the Lord. Well, I had already been praying so I felt that I had that one checked off, but then she also said, "ask God why He has you awake". Hmm...good idea. So, I asked. The very next words out of my mouth were words of praise and adoration. He is a mighty God, a loving God, an all-knowing God, a just God, He is holy, and beautiful. He is the King of Kings, the Great I Am, He's the Alpha, Omega, Beginning and End. He's my friend.
Two hours of sleep later, my alarm blares with "Worth It All" by Rita Springer. Yikes. I knew I was in a hurry, so turning the alarm off and closing my eyes again, wasn't going to work this time. At 4am, I was in Caleb's room gathering all the last little necessities. We were ready; too bad the plane wasn't...it wasn't a bad wait, but amusing in my head because I had to be awake to watch the clock-that's not a fun game. I know how Cale feels, every time he had to wake up at crazy hours in the Army, then just sit and wait. The first flight wasn't so bad. We were in a tiny little plane, with us, two nurses, and of course the pilots. :) We landed in Maryland, about 7am, where once again we found out, we would be waiting. Something had happened with one of the planes, so instead of loading straight to another, we stayed wondering the whole day, if we were going to fly out tonight or be stuck over night. At first it was so nice because Cale and I were able to take a nice nap and we thought it was just going to be a couple hours. Well, that turned into over 12 hours of waiting! It's okay though, at least we're on our way!
I was so proud of how he did with the first transfer by ambulance, and then the flight. He was awake and looking out the window a lot. Through the transfers, and commotion, Cale would look around until we made eye contact, and then he would hold it. I really think it helped him knowing, I was there by his side. Around 10am, he started to have harder time. He went under the sheet, and wouldn't let the nurse give his meds. It lasted a couple hours and finally he came out and was ready to cuddle...which I love!! :)
The military sometimes has a bad reputation, as far as, organization and other things, but it's been such a blessing. Not only with all the things at the beginning right after the accident, insurance, and the whole time we were at Wake in Cary, but also the people that have been caring for him today have been super great, and they've taken good care of me too! This includes a yummy slice of cheesecake!
The damage to Cale's brain is severe. I know that. I know that because of the extent of damage there are lots of things that he may never be able to do again. I also know that he's already doing so much that he's not supposed to be doing! The Darling family has a large mountain that we're up against, but I love that God created the bumblebee, which flies, even though it's not supposed to...