Today was Dakin's 2 year anniversary of getting released from the hospital. He has only been back once, (I've mentioned before that the other stay was 3 days and because he had MRSA and wouldn't even have been hospitalized except that people in East Texas freak out when they see a vent baby) and that wasn't even for a respiratory issue, so it SO DOESN'T COUNT. :)
So we celebrated. We called up Red Lobster and made arrangements for a table with room for his chair (thanks again, Red Lobster) and we went and had dinner. Dakin was fascinated with everything around him: the cowboys who walked in, the baby at the next table, the man using that little vacuum thing. He ate crumbs of various things, but he enjoyed himself. It was the first time we've taken him to a restaurant at a peak time, and it went really well.
We even decided to try a trip to Target. That was almost sensory overload!
Anyhoo, just wanted to let you all know. He has come so far in two years, and we couldn't be prouder of him. Dakin is so joyful, so happy, and day in and day out chooses to defy this disease. We are beyond fortunate to have him as a son, and we learn from him every day.
We love you, bucket!!!