Friday, January 14, 2011

Taking the Leap

This weekend I'm finally taking the Leap and will deliver Jack to the wonderful staff at Ryan House and I will NOT be staying with him.  Can I do this?  It's so incredibly hard just to think about it, let alone do it.  The fact is, when I stay with Jack at Ryan House, I'm not giving myself any respite.  The issue is not my confidence in the staff at Ryan House, it's my inability to "let go".  But, I must do this.  I've been given an incredible resource and opportunity that not too many parents of medically fragile children get and I have to take advantage of it.


The rest of us are heading to Flagstaff to enjoy a weekend in the pines and snow, and a little sledding and snowboarding.  Personally, my butt will be parked in the lodge by the fireplace with a drink in my hand! Although, I may venture out for a picture or two.

It's a little strange to be getting away as a family of four.

Both of Jack's nurses plan to stop by Ryan House to check on Jack, which makes me feel better.  I know everything will be fine, but it's nice to know that there are people in town who can help out if needed.

Wish me luck .....

and wishing all of you a wonderful weekend.


worthy said...

Oh you must do it Ann, it's hard, but you really need the break and Jack will be fine. Sam is going to the Birches, where he goes for respite this weekend and it breaks my heart every time I leave him, but I know the staff are well trained and take good care of him, but it is incredibly hard. I plan to catch up on some sleep too!((HUGS))

CS said...

I know it will be hard but I do hope you can enjoy your much deserved weekend. Have fun and stay warm!

Anonymous said...

I know it is hard to let go Ann, especially when your kid is on life support. The last time Abby went for respite the nurse took her break in Abby's room on the sofa. They know how much I worry and they also take it very seriously a kid on a vent. So try to relax, the first time is always the hardest. Good luck. xoxo

Vicki said...

Ann, you'll worry, & feel anxious & strange....but you'll also have fun. Enjoy the snow (looking at it anyway :) ), the hot drinks, the fire, Mark, Eric and Mary!

Susan said...

Good for you! I hope you recharge and come back feeling great. From what I've seen Jack will be perfectly happy and comfortable at the Ryan house.