"Cherish her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you."
The "she" in this passage is referring to wisdom, as Solomon encourages us to seek wisdom at any cost. But, hey, the verse works.
I know her eyes are closed. It's not a mistake in timing. I didn't catch her while she was blinking. Tammy believes the best way to soak up every ounce of hug is with her eyes closed. You can see the joy in her face to have him home.
I have a theory: fathers have sons and little girls; mothers have daughters and little boys. It doesn't matter how old they are. I love David dearly, but he's "my son," where Julie is "Daddy's little girl." It's a different relationship. The same is true with Tammy. She and Julie are very close, but David is her "little boy." (It doesn't have the same positive ring to it, but, trust me, it's true.)
So while she was battling some queasiness this morning, this embrace was the perfect remedy.
Our nurse, Lindsey, asked the doctor to wait to visit Tammy until David and I got there, and I'm glad she did. He was very upbeat today, and it did David and me a lot of good to hear it. Her counts are starting to rise, and he was very confident that the improvement will become more rapid. (However, he was a little disappointed to find out that now David Lee will get the credit.) We're still hopeful that things will continue to improve and she will be able to come home soon.