Sunday, February 8, 2009

Greetings from Seattle!

We're here!

Craig and I drove over yesterday. There were lots of last minute changes in our plans. First, late Thursday I got the call that my apartment at the Pete Gross House was available. This was great news so that I didn't have to stay at the hotel and then move into the apartment. Second, although the apartment seems soooo expensive, it is certainly less than the hotel.

On Friday, we found out that the transplant team really wanted Craig here for the first several days. Apparently there are some significant meetings and consultations that will take place. So we decided to ditch the airline ticket (A plug for Alaska airlines: They refunded my non-refundable, non-changeable ticket due to the situation) and packed up everything that was to come West and hit the road.

The kids are at home with our friend Alex. But it was a big change that not only was Mommy leaving, but Daddy as well. Craig will fly home either Wednesday or Thursday. And then Craig and the boys will fly over on Friday the 20th the kids for the weekend and Craig to stay for a long stretch.

Because my heart is still broken, I will not linger on this, but leaving my home, my family's home, where I am the wife and the mother, was the hardest thing I have ever done. I asked the kids to look in my eyes, to look far into my soul, and to let me do the same to them. I need that, for me to know that they know me and that I know them, and that that connection and love will always be there. Enough. The saving grace is that I will see them in two weeks, for some fun time, before the treatment stretch begins.

I can say that I slept better last night than I have in a very long time. I attribute this to the anxiety of the long goodbye being over and to the very special linens that Steph and Shelley left on my doorstep at 12:30 am Friday night.

Today we will finish getting moved in, settled in, get some groceries, etc. I will take some pics and post them too. It's a nice apartment, nice views, and home for a long time. There are details I I write about later, but a big FYI: NO LIVE PLANTS OR FLOWERS. NO SILK PLANTS OR FLOWERS. NO FRUIT BASKETS. Please do not send as your gift will not be allowed in the building.

More later, but the journey has begun!

P.S. Craig's phone is broken, as in REALLY broken. please call on my cell for the next few days. Thanks!


Anonymous said...

Welcome to Seattle! Another step on your journey to wellness has been taken. The sun is out and the sky is blue and you are on your way!

beautifuldreamer said...

Dear Sally I just ran across your page by chance and I think your story is truly inspiring it makes me see how greatful I should be for everyday things like life!!! I have lived in Seattle it is an amazing city there is lots to do for you and your family. If you get the chance take the tour of the underground city, Pacific Science Center, and Pikes Place Market. They are all fabulous!!!! I hope that everything works out for you and your family good luck and God Bless You!!!

beautifuldreamer said...
This comment has been removed by the author.