Not the Homecoming We Expected

8.01.2013

Have you ever had one of those surreal moments that you will never forget? I had one of my own yesterday morning. Emerson and I were going about our business- playing and just hanging out at the house. When I heard my phone ringing, I was hoping it would be Jesse. We hadn't been able to talk the day before and I had been anxiously awaiting his call.

I saw his FaceTime name pop on the screen and I waited for the connection to go through. I was shocked when it wasn't Jesse on the other side of the screen, but one of his friends. It was then that things started to get a little crazy. He told me that Jesse had been in an accident and had broken his leg. Now, if you know my husband at all you will understand my immediate reaction of "You're joking, right?" Jesse loved to joke around and while I couldn't really imagine him playing a joke that mean, I had to ask.

Then the doctor, who was also in the room, spoke up. I immediately knew that it wasn't a joke. They didn't have a lot of information but they did tell me that he had been stabilized and was being well medicated and wasn't in pain any longer. They also asked if I had any questions. At that point, I think I was in shock. I didn't really ask many questions because I just couldn't really process what they were saying. On one hand I was SO thankful that it wasn't something worse and that he was ok, but on the other hand I was worried sick about him.

I was told that he would be evacuated to a military hospital out of the combat zone and that they would most likely do surgery there. Then after a few days of recovery he would be sent home!

They told me that the didn't have a phone or internet where he was but that they would try to get a satellite phone to him sometime later that night.

It was just so much information to process at one time! Although I was calm because I knew he was in good hands, I hated that I hadn't been able to talk to him and hear for myself that he was ok.

The rest of the day was spent trying to stay busy. Does anyone else clean and do craft projects when you are trying to avoid over-thinking something? I cleaned and I sewed and I cleaned some more. In the meantime, I also spent lots of time on the phone with our families sharing what little information I had. Needless to say, the minutes ticked by slower than ever.

Finally, around 4:30 I got a phone call and I was beyond relieved to hear Jesse on the other end of the line. He was in good spirits and said he was feeling ok because of the all of the medication he was on.   We were able to talk for about 20 minutes and I felt so much better after talking to him. I also teased him that he didn't have to go and break his leg so he could get back home to us.

And now I just wait. I am just sick that I cannot be there for him, especially through surgery. He assured me that he is in good hands, so I am doing my best not to worry. Really the only thing I can do right now is put my trust in God and continue to pray. And, of course, count down the days until my husband makes it home.

It's definitely not the homecoming that we expected and it's not under the best circumstances, but I am thankful that he is coming home. I know that he will have a long road of recovery ahead of him but at least I will be able to be with him every step of the way. 




Rebekah said...

Oh goodness!! Definitely not the homecoming you imagined but I'm glad he'll be okay! Any time I got stressed during our deployment, I cleaned. Our house had never been so clean! I'll be praying for his surgery and coming home and for your peace of mind!

Emily said...

Oh my goodness. I am so glad he is going to be okay and that he was in good hands! I am also so happy that he gets to come home-praying for his surgery and travels!

Beth Ann said...

Praying for him, Tami! Can't imagine the shock you must both be in! I can't help but be a little happy that he's coming home. God works in mysterious ways... Praying for you guys and especially his surgery and safe travels home to his THREE girls!

Ashley said...

Oh my gosh! So glad to hear he is okay, and that it wasn't something worse! No one wants any kind of those phone calls ... but at least he is in good hands! And you've been able to talk to him since finding out! Hoping for a speedy recovery!!

Christine said...

I can't even imagine what you must be feeling. Just know that you and Emerson (and Jesse of course) are in my thoughts! I hope for a successful surgery and a quick recovery!

April said...

Goodness! Praying for him and you! Not the way you want a homecoming to be but there's always a reason things happen.

Lyndsey said...

Goodness girl! That is crazy and scary, but I have to say, I'm kind of excited for you that he's coming home early :) Will he have to leave again though? I sure hope not. Praying for a successful surgery and recovery!!!

Kate @ Daffodils said...

How scary! I am glad he is okay though and will be coming home soon.

Tammy said...

So glad he is OK! I don't know how you go through all of this and keep your sanity ;-) Happy he is coming home though and will get to enjoy this pregnancy...sometimes things work out in the strangest ways!

shelleystursma said...

Wow! I will be praying for a speedy recovery for him!

Jen said...

Praying for you guys!

Allison said...

Oh my, girl! I know this was NOT the homecoming that you were imagining, but I'm so glad he will be okay. Praying for his surgery, recovery and for you and Emerson here at home. XO

~Momma to Twin Girls~ said...

Oh Tami - You are right, what a homecoming! I will be saying prayers for you and Jesse as he goes through surgery, recovery and coming back home process. HUGS!

Emily Powell said...

I'm so sad for you but thankful he is ok and will be on his way home soon :)

Leah said...

Glad to hear he is okay and he will be home soon. Ill be saying a prayer for a quick recovery and safe trip
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The Brannan Family said...

Wow, I'm so sorry about his injury. That must have been so scary. Will be praying for surgery to go well and a safe trip home.

Sarah said...

I am so sorry to hear this but you must be happy that he's coming home! Sometimes things happen for a reason! Thinking of you!

the workaholic momma said...

oh my goodness:( I am so glad to hear that he is going to be ok but what a crazy story...I know you must have been so worried!! I hope he heals quickly and gets back soon!!

~Dawn~ said...

Ooooh scary!! So glad it's something that he will recover from and glad he can be home with you now.

megs7827 said...

Scared me! Glad it was only a broken leg and I know that must be so hard to not be with him! You can give him lots of tlc when he's back!

Katie said...

My heart dropped when I saw that title. I'm so sorry he is hurt but it sounds very manageable with time. What a relief to have him back home soon!

Joeylee said...

How scary. I am so glad to hear that he ok

cait said...

Just can't even imagine the worry in your heart! But so thankful that we both know who is holding his hand right now and thankful for a God that is so faithful. praying for a quick and safe homecoming!

Marcella{The Life After "Trust Me"} said...

Hugs to you my friend, my husband had a minor issue happen while deployed and I hated not being there for him, but nothing this major.
Prayers for peace for you and safe travels for your husbands long journey home.

J and A said...

Oh my gosh, I am so glad he is ok!! Your poor heart, I would have been worried sick too. So glad he got to talk to you and he will be home soon for you. I hope surgery goes ok!!

Melissa @ i carry your heart said...

Oh wow, I'm so happy his injury wasn't worse. So glad you will all be together again!

Kit said...

Oh my tami!!! I am keeping you guys in my prayers

ajs {of MN} said...

i'll be thinking of you guys, seems you handled it well and he will be home soon!

Natalie said...

Oh my goodness! I'm so sorry to hear this and hope he gets better soon.

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