6 years ago today, Acorn got his trach.
They tell you that sometimes things happen that change your life forever - I'm never sure I believe that really, because every day changes your life forever. You're older, maybe you learned something new, whatever - every day is different, even if they often seem the same.
But his trach was, in many respects, life changing.
He survived. He thrived. I met lots of other people who I would never have otherwise even said hi too on the street - some of them have become close friends over the years. I have become a closer friend to Death than I would have thought possible.
I've learned a lot about people (both in general and in specific). Who sticks around when the shit hits the fan, who slinks out, and who hides under the desk asking if you've finished sanitizing the room yet can be surprising.
Dozens of doctors, nurses, hospital visits, and more...and I still wouldn't say our life is normal.
But I also wouldn't trade it for anything.