and a frog
Betsy posing with her frog on her third day in ICU (before I snapped the picture she removed her oxygen so that she would look better).
When Amanda visited Betsy in the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital she brought dark chocolate for me and a stuffed frog for Betsy. Amanda caught a glimpse of the heart-spotted amphibian in the window display of our favorite candy store and promptly bought it. The frog has been Betsy's nearly constant companion. He provided Betsy with color in her sterile ICU room. At home she hugged him as she breathed into her spirometer every hour. Now she holds him to insulate her arm from the ice packs she still uses to control the pain in her sides. After five months, the frog is a little bedraggled, while Betsy is returning to her usual bouncy, smiling self.