As the year comes to an end in a few hours, I find myself reflecting on 2017. Minus a couple of weeks, 2017 was amazing. My love and I became engaged in the most romantic way ever, work remained a rewarding and fun place to be, and my family is healthy and happy.
Two weeks ago, I didn’t know if life was really going to continue going on as lovely as it had been. A journey to the urgent care on the 16th of December ended us up at the VA, and then with his life in the hands of the MICU team at Duke Hospital. My love ended up getting a mysterious bacterial infection, which led to Sepsis with Shock, and then to ARDS. Doctors were all perplexed, and threw everything they could at him. After a very long 12 days that included watching my love on life support, and Christmas in the hospital, we made it home to our three kitties and a very welcoming bed. Until you can’t hear your love’s voice, you don’t realize how much you can actually miss them. It was truly an event in 2017 that I’m happy to leave in 2017.
On a side note, words could never express how thankful we are for the team in Duke’s MICU. They have allowed us to continue on with our lives and wedding plans. While we may never cheer for Duke’s basketball team, they will always hold a special place in our hearts alongside a new found respect for nurses and doctors.
2017, as a whole, was one of the most wonderful years of my life. I have never been happier in life as a whole. Looking forward to 2018, I’m hopeful for our health to continue to improve. Continuing to keep my man on the mend will be the number one focus, but weight loss is right at the top of it all, as you know from previous posts. I’m hopeful for easy wedding planning. We’ve worked out most of the big pieces already, so that makes us feel a bit better as the clock ticks down. Time for dress shopping! I’m also hopeful for the beginning of a beautiful life together with my love. It’s not often we are blessed with someone to cross our path that so closely matches our own heart and soul, but when you do, you hold on to it. Truly through thick and thin, sickness and health, this power couple is powering through to 2018.
Happy New Year to you and you family. Hold them close and tell them you love them every single time it comes to mind to tell them. If there’s one thing that I always carry with me that my Mom has taught me, it’s to never be ashamed of love. Share it.