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Day 70: Home! Sept 10, 2012

September 11, 2012

First of all, all the messages of love and joy we’ve received from you all has been overwhelming. I would never ever wish CDH on any family, but the goodness this journey has shown us in the people we know, and maybe more especially, the people we don’t know, has been a really positive upside to this whole mess. I love you all. Thank you so much for loving Oliver.

We’re home! It’s glorious! It’s bizarrely normal. We’re just here. Oliver’s here. I cried like an idiot the whole car ride home. Ollie cried for the first 5 seconds and then passed out like a baby in a car. Luckily Tim was there, and he was calm enough to drive, because neither Oliver nor I were up for the job.

In yet another miracle, Tim has been able to take the whole week off work to be home with us! I will not digress in to politics here, but I will say I am grateful for the contract we have as teachers, and we don’t abuse sick days, but we have really needed them along this journey and we are glad we’ve been able to take care of our family without risking our employment.

We had an amazing visit with ICU this morning. A lot of our favorite nurses and doctors were around and came out to enjoy the fruits of their labour. Dr Cox said they don’t often get to see their kids once they’re healthy. Parents are traumatized and don’t want to go back. I get that, but PICU is like family to us. Surgery saved Oliver, but he couldn’t have lived to get surgery without PICU, and he wouldn’t have survived the recovery without PICU. We owe them our Ollie. They can’t have him though, so cuddle visits it is. And Dr Cox hung the moon so any excuse to visit him is a good one. They loved their Lifesavers from Tom & Brenda. It was the first time someone’s done that!

We got all sorts of cuddles and instructions and hugs upstairs and after one final bottle we were off! As we pulled in the driveway Poppy & Aunt Diane were headed out to walk the dog and Poppy broke out in hysterical laughter when she saw us. It was awesome. She loves her brother. She’s been pushing him in his swing all day (it doesn’t need pushing). Oliver can’t believe all the stuff he owns! He’s very happy. So are we! We’re together!!! And we’re doing ok so far with his reflux meds and enox injections.

Our families came over tonight (except my Dad who’s away on business 😦 and Tim’s brother who was at work) and we played pass the baby in between sips of champagne & cupcakes. Happy is not a big enough word to describe how we feel today. Elated. Overjoyed. Complete. Love. Xo

Good to go!

Nurse Ruth

PICU loves!

Our beloved Dr Cox

Dr Jackie


Ping snuggles

I was very sick

But I am very brave!

20120910-213334.jpgTwo lungs are so over rated

What is this home thing you’re on about?










Cheers to Ollie!

Home’s even sweeter now


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  1. Rejeanne permalink

    Alex, I am so so so happy for all of you. I can’t wait to come for a visit…and I’m sure that there is a huge line. Let me know!

  2. Bambie permalink

    Best post ever!

  3. Celia permalink

    What a lucky boy to be born to such a loving family! Congratulations on bringing him home!!

  4. Jenn permalink

    My heart is full! I have been waiting and praying for THIS post since the first day I started following your blog. I am so happy for your family! I will continue to pray for health for your sweet sweet Ollie 🙂 He is such a blessing!

  5. Maureen Richler....Jenn's Mom permalink

    I am so happy for you all!

  6. Alex Mac permalink

    So happy for all of you Wessons and Storeys! I cried while reading this (you know what a big deal that is). Congrats! You all fought so hard and gracefully. I’ve never seen so many people come together with such love and positivity. Have a lovely night, a lovely relaxing week, and I can’t wait to watch Oliver grow up.

  7. Nadya permalink

    I am so happy!!!!! Please try to post the updates on how Oliver is doing once in a while. Best of luck to you all 🙂

  8. So so so happy for you guys- family together once again!!!!!!!!!

  9. Janny permalink

    There aren’t many feel good stories around these days, and I’m beyond happy to read this!!! 🙂

  10. Jill permalink

    Alex, Tim and Poppy we are so happy for you that Oliver finally gets
    to come home. This is truly a great day for the Wesson and Storey families.

  11. Sarah permalink

    Best blog post on any blog EVER!! So happy for you guys! The best day of your life I’m sure! So happy that Tim was able to get the week off as well. Enjoy the celebration! xo

  12. Mom of two permalink

    So so so amazing Alex! Ollie looks excited to be home! I am SOOOO happy for your family, you deserve all the happiness in the world. Enjoy him and being home with him and Poppy and do update when you have some time, so we know how your little boy, who affected us all, is doing. What a true miracle!

  13. Jessica permalink

    I don’t cry. I just don’t. I work in a place where crying over every sad thing would break me. But today, I cried with happiness. Congratulations on bringing Oliver home. What a wonderful day!

  14. Nancy-touched by your story permalink

    Yay!!!! Best post ever!!!! So happy you get to spend your first night of many home together as a family!!!!! Best wishes to you all!!! Don’t know your Oliver but love him he’s so beautiful!!! Congrats!!!!!:)

  15. Ann permalink

    I’m soooo thrilled for you all…..these last few posts have caused many tears of joy. Ollie looks so big and sweet. And Poppy appears to be an awesome baker. So talented at 2! You guys have some really impressive kids. 🙂 But like my Julia says, “Alex and Tim are the coolest parents”. Enjoy them and each other. Best wishes for happy days and peaceful nights together under one roof. I hope to see you all soon. Xo

  16. Touched by your story permalink

    Today is the first day of the rest of your lives. Wishing you all good health and happiness and you watch your two fab kids grow. I can’t wait to meet you one day. Sharing this journey with you has been such an honour.

  17. lyn permalink

    Cheers to Ollie Indeed!! I wish you all a lifetime of love, happiness and health!!

  18. Wendy permalink

    Alex, I have been following your journey and Ollie’s. We share a mutual friend though we have never met. May you all enjoy good health and much happiness together as a family. Your stories will mean hope for those who follow. When you bring Ollie back to those who cared for him at Sick Kids it inspires them to try just as hard for the next child and the one after that. My dear friend brings her once micro-premmie daughter to Sick Kids to visit every year. The staff that are still on the unit tell the tales of how they didn’t think she would make it but watched her fight. There was no prouder group of nurses and doctors than those who just wished that little girl “all the best” as she headed off to take her place at first year university. You’ll be in that same spot before you blink. Keep on sharing. You are clearly a very strong woman with a wonderful family well worth celebrating.

  19. paula cooper permalink

    Thrilled for you all!

  20. Yay! So glad to see Oliver at home, and great to hear that Tim can take the week off so you can all be together as a family this week.

    It’s morning here in London, and there is nothing like starting the day with some great news. This blog is one of the first things I check each morning when I wake up. 🙂

  21. Lani permalink

    I cried when I read this. I am so beyond thrilled for you and your family Alex. What a journey you’ve been on and I am so happy that Ollie is home where he is supposed to be. What an amazing little guy he is.

  22. The. Best. Day!!!!
    This is the post I have been waiting and praying for since I started reading your blog earlier this summer. Now I am reading with tears streaming down my face, overjoyed at your little miracle. What a journey you’ve endured to get to where you are now! Thank you for sharing your life with us so candidly – it has touched and inspired so many people. It’s hard to put into words how happy I am for you and your little family. Filled with so much love and gratitude for your handsome little man who won the fight of a lifetime!!

  23. lyndsey baker (syme) permalink

    Oh thank god for that!!!!!!! Cant find the words to describe how happy we are for you and your family!!! I bet you never thought you would get there … but you did!! fabulous!!!Amazing ,…. awe inspiring…. beautiful… humbling… (just to name a few ) xx

  24. Jemma Chalmers permalink

    Congratulations Wessons, you deserve every minute of this amazing day, and years more like it! Thank you for sharing Ollie’s adventures to date, we can’t wait to keep up with his ‘outside world’ progress.

    Much love, Oliver’s Brisbane Australia cheer squad

  25. Theresa permalink

    Awesome! I remember the “walk away” from the hospital and walk toward my Jeff’s future, And now, this 29 year old CHD’er wants to return to Calgary where he was born. Dr, Rubin (who later went to Ottawa) will always be our miracle worker, Enjoy the rest of Oliver’s life. Well done!!!!!!

  26. Violet permalink

    What amazing news! I’m so incredibly happy for you all! I can’t wait to meet your precious little miracle…

  27. alba tucci permalink

    Congratulations! soooooo happy for everyone ! Together at last ! Best wishes and as always thoughts and prayers !

  28. Ashley permalink

    This is so wonderful!!! I’m so overjoyed for you and your family! Alex,your strenghth is amazing and your courage is admirable! I wish nothing but the best for you and your family. ❤

  29. Although we’ve never met, I’ve been following Ollie’s journey through a family member. When I read this I had tears of joy for all of you. The strength and determination of all of you is a beautiful testament to the power of love. Welcome Home! Peace and Cheers!

  30. Aww. I teared up a little. You all look so happy together. Congratulations!

  31. Marco permalink

    Incredible… we’ve been waiting for this post. Oliver looks sooo healthy. So happy for you and Tim. Congrats!

  32. Robyn permalink

    I have been waiting anxiously to read this post! Even though i do not know you or Ollie i am sending you a big big hug! Your strength is amazing and so is your little man! All the best!

  33. Tanya permalink

    O- optimistic
    L- loving
    I- Incredible
    V- Very cute
    E- Exhuberant
    R- Receptive

    Enjoy being a family Wessons!!!

  34. I must admit, when I started following this blog, I wasn’t expecting to see this day. I was just thankful for every day that Oliver got because I knew each one would mean so much to you if he lost his fight. My heart simply aches with the joy of seeing you take him home. He is so special, he is so loved and he is obviously here for a purpose. I am so happy for you all, I know you are appreciating every single moment. I am appreciating them vicariously as well. 🙂

  35. Michelle Goleski... permalink

    I am so happy that you finally get to bring Oliver home… Thanks for sharing him with us… Big hugs & kisses to all…. My prayers will be with you every day… Take care…

  36. Audrey permalink

    I’m so happy your little Oliver’s home! He’s a fighter but he couldn’t have done it without your love and strength! Enjoy your family!

  37. Bev permalink

    Hey guys, so happy you are home with Ollie. It must have been surreal and amazing to finally have him with you all the time. Wished I had seen you before you left! Come back to PICU, but just for a visit and hopefully I will be here!
    Take care, thinking of you all! Bev

  38. Erin permalink

    Congrats!! I have been following your blog over the past couple of months and you have been on an incredible journey! Alex you and your little Oliver are truly inspirational! Enjoy being home together!

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