A few people asked me why I was so upset about Kaylee fracturing her elbow. Aside from the fact that my daughter now had 1 more thing to deal with, we had a important trip coming up! With approval from Kaylee’s Oncologist, we made plans months ago to go on our first family vacation since Kaylee’s Leukemia diagnosis to visit my mom & stepdad in Florida for the Fourth of July! What could be more fun?! Kaylee’s 2 favorite things are going to the pool and building sandcastles! My mom has a pool in her backyard and we couldn’t wait to show Kaylee the beach…. (Sandcastles galore!) But then just a few days prior to our trip, poor thing had to get a cast on her arm! The ER Dr was made aware of our plans to go to the beach, yet didn’t even tell us waterproof casts existed. We were heavily warned- “do not take her to the beach, the pool or on the boat you told me about… She’ll get her cast wet… She’ll get sand in it… Etc Etc.”
Clearly, we aren’t great listeners… But what we are really good at is sidestepping warnings and making sure K doesn’t miss out on all the fun while trying to somewhat follow the ‘rules.’
And what fun she has had! Thanking The Lord every single day! As I write this, we are on day 4 of our vacation and so far, K has happily dipped her feet in grandma & grandpas pool and didn’t even attempt to get her cast wet. We took her to the beach (like we’d let her miss that? Please.) We held her hand as she giggled at the ocean “chasing her” and felt the wet sand with her good hand. Chris and I took turns holding her to watch the 4th of July fireworks on the beach and although she thought the fireworks were “pwetty” for the first minute or so, she thought the helicopter in the sky was way more fun to watch.)
We took her on the boat and she smiled so big wearing a captain hat, and feeling the breeze sitting next to Pa-Pa driving the boat! (Her cast is still dry, Dr.)
Today we took her to the Naples Zoo & her favorite part was feeding the giraffes! (I’m pretty sure that is my favorite picture of the trip!) She got to see her Great Aunt & Uncle at dinners this week which was a lot of fun!
Tmwr is our last day here & I cannot be more thankful we had this opportunity to visit! I have not seen K this happy in awhile and I cannot begin to describe what a blessing that is for us to see! She has been through so much in the past 11 months, so this short getaway was the perfect distraction. We know when we get home, she has a orthopedic appt, and blood labs to do this week, so we will try to get as many smiles & happy memories as we can before we head back to Atlanta.
Thank you for your continued prayers for K & our family! We are so grateful for those as there is not a doubt in my mind, that those prayers are what keeps a smile on her face!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Duffy, Chris & Kaylee