8/13/2012

And then there's the part where I get emotional...

First let me tell you that we are doing great. We made it to North Carolina and we're still kickin.
Jason is in Duke's pre-op rehab program and we have met with great doctors and had labs and tests—working our way to get on that list. We are confident in the transplant team here and grateful for the mandatory rehab. Jas' body is already getting stronger and more prepared for what is to come. And that's so good.
We have already met so many sweet people and made some fast friends. We're happy with our sunny little one bedroom apartment and have our routine that seems to work for us.
Things are looking up. We're looking up.
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It felt like hiking Mt. Annapurna, that whole part where we prepared for moving and then the actual moving and red–eye flight and that first little bit after we got here. No. It felt so much more impossible than that. I will spare you the terrifying, lonely, medicated details. All I can say is this; that time was probably the darkest for me. Crumpled on the floor by the bathroom door of our extended–stay hotel room, shoulders shaking and mascara streaming down face. It was a lot.

But then we did it. And now it's done.

On to the next.

But wait, before we move on... let me say one more thing: we love our Father in Heaven, we love our family, we love our dear friends, we love people we have not even met. We have been lifted and strengthened and supported by so so many. It is astonishing. Humbling. It makes me gush with tears whenever I talk about it.

And Steph... You're an angel. I miss you.



After that part I'm pretty much positive we can make it through everything else. And everything else.... is a lot. But do you see those hands there? They're strong little hands and they've got each other. And as corny as this might sound, together they can do anything.

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1. because Sunday evening is for walks  2. because air mattresses make me yawn

There's more where that came from. @geriegbert – Instagram baby.
Updates can probably be found there. Or the Team Jason fb page.

15 comments:

Charlotte said...

Sorry to hear you were a bit sad there for a while, but it sounds like things are looking up which is good!

Love the hand holding stuff, so so cute. xx

Kayleen said...

I'm glad to hear you're settling in okay. Moving is never fun especially when you calculate in why you moved and how quickly you moved. You're amazing and allowed as many fetal position melt downs as you feel like having. Still wishing you guys the best of luck with what is to come.

Jessica said...

I am always amazed by your strength. You are so inspiring.

Jess

Amy - Book Monster said...

I've been a silent reader for a while now and I just wanted to say, thank you for the update. I've been waiting for something to pop up in my feed [from you]. I'm so sorry the past month or so has been even harder for you, but I'm so glad you can see the positive/beauty in it. Stay strong and know that your readers are thinking of you guys!

Jamie Lynn said...

A couple years ago I somehow stumbled upon Sydney Poulton's Daybook blog. It was a wonderful discovery and I can't help but read her posts every single day. The day she posted about you and your husband Jason a couple months ago I was instantly captivated. I've been following your blog ever since. Things happen for a reason. I find so much beauty and love in each one of your posts. Reading your blog gives me inspiration in my own life. I just wanted to let you know that you two are always in my prayers. I look every day hoping to see an update about you and Jason. I'm so glad things are looking up! I really hope all continues to go wonderfully. Lots of love here from Ohio x o x o

Aubrey said...

you guys are awesome. THat's pretty much all I have to say

CoCo said...

I just happened to stumble upon your Blog. I have been reading it for a month now. You and Jason are so sweet and inspiring it brings tears to my eyes. I LOVE that you are documenting your life together. You will always have prayers coming from me to you. I wish you both all the luck and love your hearts can handle <3

Consider The Lilies said...

so happy to see an update :) will be praying for the two of you sweet girl.

oh and P.S. your red hair is suuper purty.

Lucy said...

You've been over some pretty big bumps. We love you two and of course are praying for you always.

Blogger25 said...

I'm glad y'all are doing well (be prepared to hear Y'ALL a lot now that you are in the South). I missed reading your posts. I'm also glad that you are sticking by your husband's side :) :) makes me happy!

Sherri said...

Moving across the country to a new place for less than stellar reasons is terribly hard. All the uncertainty can truly be unnerving. I'm glad Jason is doing well at rehab. They really whip you into shape--especially David. If Jason hasn't done his floor class yet, he will see how David works you harder than most. I miss the good friends I made in the two months I was at rehab. They beefed me up so well I was sent home for being too healthy now for transplant. Argh, after all the work, tests, and expense of relocating. Hope things continue to go well for you both.

Steve and Stephanie said...

I spy some cute pink kicks! (Nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh-with their pumped-up-kicks-nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh). And you should really wear waterproof mascara these days Geri...I hear they have high-tech stuff now that works wonders ;)
Miss you too, you're my hero.

Melissa said...

I have also been a silent reader for awhile. I came across your blog through a Kunz relative and also through the facebook page. What an inspiration both you & Jason have been to many. Continue to keep your chins up and know the Lord is watching over you!!! Thanks for the updates!!

Kelly M. said...

You're in my thoughts and prayers!

SHELLY said...

Geri,
I follow your story so closely. I'll tell you why- I married my husband Gary who I was soooo very afraid to marry after several times of lying on your sister's kitchen floor crying that I couldn't go through with it....
She gave me courage. Why didn't I want to? Because he is 20 years older than me and I was so very scared of being alone in this scary world. I still get so very afraid every time he is sick or is in pain. I know I am sealed to him forever and we will be together but honestly, I'm not as tough as people think I am. I look at you and see what you are going through and the fears you must have and you are an example of a strong daughter of Zion who has a fresh outlook each day. You take ahold of the day and seize it with a positive attitude and somehow you manage to inspire others in spite of it all. I love you as a wonderful sister who was put in these latter days to be an example to others. Shelly