Here I am at Sacred Heart hospital sitting in the coldest, most uninviting and cruel waiting room there could possibly ever be. I never have understood why waiting rooms seem to always be this way. Sitting in a hospital all day has the same effect as working out in the sun all day. It completely drains you. I feel as though the life has been sucked out of me and I know I am not myself right now.
Oddly enough, I found an internet connection. Thank God. I can only take so much cable tv in a day. I've been here since 9am this morning.
I am exhausted. I haven't slept at all. My mom is beyond exhaustion. Thankfully, my dad has just arrived. Such a relief.
She is doing okay. She is in a lot of pain and there is potential that her liver and kidneys could suffer permanent damage which is very serious. I'm praying that this is not the case.
Thank you all for your prayers and comments. You have no idea how appreciated they are and how much they mean to me.
There is a long journey of recovery ahead for her and our entire family. I know that God has spared her life for a reason. There is still a purpose and a divine plan.
I am doing okay, for those of you who have asked. Though I have gone through every emotion possible in one day- calm, collective, hysterics, denial, bitterness, angry, worried, overwhelmed to once again feeling nothing. Such a strange cycle, this is.
I am blessed with an amazing family and the amount of people who have been in and out is astounding! At one point last night there were probably 40 people here. She is so loved (moreso than she'll ever know) and our family is so blessed to have such great friends and people who care and are there for us.
Continue to pray if you will, that my heart would be guarded and that love would pour incessently toward her, that my family would come in harmonious unity and that Ashton's body, mind and spirit would soon begin this process of healing.
Rehab is next...
That will not be fun to say the least but hopefully it will be an eye opener to her.
Thank you all again. Your comments and prayers helped me so much today. I cried as I read everyone of them and I just wanted to give you all huge hugs!! Thank you, thank you, thank you.