Because Doc H is on a heinous stretch of call, we celebrated this New Years Eve by quickly devouring a home cooked dinner complete with a page squealing just towards the end of the meal.
Luckily, the page was a resident calling with a few questions that could be handled over the phone. God bless those poor, tired residents and their families!
We then hit the sheets earlier then usual, because, well..., you just never know when that pager will go off again. With impeccable timing, we awoke just as the ball was dropping. A quick peck marked the beginning of 2014, and we raced to get back to sleep before the pager could derail us.
That scenario pretty much summed up our holiday season. Our holiday celebrations were sprints; us versus the pager. Unfortunately, Doc H didn't make it to our Christmas Eve celebration. So, without hesitation, but perhaps with a bit of a huff, we went about our Christmas Eve schedule without him. Church, dinner with my side of the family, and gift exchange sans Doc H.
We may not have been celebrating when we'd normally like to celebrate the holiday, but we had Doc H all to ourselves on Christmas Day. Since he missed the big Christmas Eve dinner, I pulled together a large Christmas Brunch for the family to enjoy. Even though it was a departure from our traditional holiday celebration, we enjoyed the time we had together as a family this holiday.
It was not my ideal Christmas or New Year's Eve, but I've been a part of this rodeo long enough to realize it could've been much worse, and we've melded into a "go with the flow" type of family.
In the end, we were all happy with the holidays. Doc H even made me cry on Christmas Day with a letter he wrote me which accompanied my gift.
"I want you to know how much I love and appreciate you... I can't imagine what the last 10+ years would have been like without you in my life... You are the glue in our family, and we are truly blessed having you. You have enriched my life beyond words and I am so very grateful... I'm sure you will use [this new iPhone] often to talk with me throughout the day, until we are together for the best time of my day, everyday - home at last with you."
And that, my friends, melted any residual holiday hospital angst away.
I love, love, LOVE my husband!
Wishing you all a wonderful, healthy, and happy 2014!
Be sure to join us for Medical Monday on January 6, 2014!