Thanks for sharing your update. You really got more than you had anticipated, even the 'cold' weather was unexpected. I am thankful that you are home now. I realize that the one step at a time phase is a real drudgery. I send you my hopes and prayers that the steps keep on moving on a level path.
I am all in favor of crying, too. Sad tears, frustrated tears, confused tears, and even an occasional happy tear that can will creep in now and then. Small moments of hope and happiness are worth looking for. I decided to write them down, so I could be reminded of them. My intent was to find one everyday. However, as time passed and I began looking, I found more and more 'blessing' moments especially in the tiny things that occurred. If you need a way get thru the drudgery, I offer keeping a blessing journal or a progress journal as a posibile diversion.
I love Colleen's crazy idea! I was teary eyed as I read about your experience. You are a blessing, by being you. Your energy is powerful.