Surgery for Doug went fine, and after many more days of recovery, he returned home this past Tuesday. It's a delicate mix of resting and yet building his stamina back up. Doctors told him to go ahead and do normal things, but just do them very slowly. He's allowed to drive, but he can't report back to work until clearance from doc, which won't happen until at least next Thursday. A conundrum for Doug - on one hand, he doesn't mind sitting around the house for once with no stressors. On the other hand, it drives him crazy that he can't do the things that pop into his mind.
The boys were so thrilled to have him back. Charlie, especially, seemed to struggle this time with a parent gone. He became more and more clingy to me, and even his preschool teacher said he was like a "lost puppy." There was quite a change even the night that Doug got home.
We had so many people step up for us - some we can never repay. Meals, watching the kids, and to top it off - a group coming to spread our mulch, prep the little pool site, and set it up for us. Even included grilling out!
One more week for us until summer officially arrives. I hope I get to rest before that happens!