WE MADE IT!!
I am laughing a lot because we are in the very first room on "the floor" which is separated from the ICU by a door. It really is a different world on the other side of the door.
When we got here- there was no nurse to chat with. I have got to know the nursing staff so well in the ICU that they just stop by or say hello when they walk by. I was singing the donkey song (from Shrek) to myself when Sara one of my favorite ICU nurses walked out after transferring us. We had a sad little minute saying goodbye. She was one of the nurses that saw me through the ups and downs of the wait of my lifetime. It was so surreal to actually leave the ICU- and to think that we won't be hanging out together anymore.
When Mia was being wheeled down the hall I was following behind with my video camera. I am a total nerd and had to film everyone's reactions to us leaving. Everyone was so excited for us- it was the happiest/saddest parade down the CICU hallway. She was waving to all her fans- not really- but I know she will miss them all.
These are my home girls! The last couple days Mia has been really popular. We get a lot of "new heart" visitors. Everyone wants to see her awake and happy. Many of these nurses feel a sweet connection to her and brag to the other nurses if they got more smiles than the other. It is fun to reminisce with nurses from when we were first admitted. When Mia was on the bridge I gave her a mastisol bath... total rookie mistake. I felt bad FOREVER! I was trying to be so careful taking off a dressing using what I thought was detachol (adhesive remover). I essentially covered her neck and chest area with liquid glue. I cried. They are packaged the same, but are different colors. We have come a long long way since the mastisol bath- even though I have finally forgiven myself- some of the staff like to remind me ;-)
This is Candice- I am going to miss her the MOST! She just donated her long hair- Love her!
We also got to meet Katie and Bryan- Maddie's parents. Maddie is darling! Hopefully someday soon we can get these little heart babies together. Katie wheeled in an entire wagon of Maddie blankets and brought a special one for Mia. This girl is wonderful and is always sending/bringing gifties for me and Mia. This is my huge "we're headed to the floor today" cheesy grin. The hair bow is compliments of the nurse trying to hide the IV in her scalp.
I never want to forget this day- we aren't home, but we are one step closer!