While off shore and crossing the Gulf we received word that the recovery was not going well due to complications from the C-Section. Colleen was in bad shape and getting worse. Norm was a mess. We had to get to a safe harbor near an airport. It took us two painful, chaotic days to dock in Pensacola. In the meantime, Colleen had emergency surgery to repair a perforated bowl that was not caught for 6 days. It was VERY BAD!! Norm arrived back in Columbus just after the surgery and remained there for 8 days until Colleen was discharged from the hospital. Along with Brian's parents and his sisters, Norm helped to care for baby Ella and be with his daughter during the early, hard recovery days. Colleen's mother is now picking up where Norm left off. Brian and his family were awesome, providing Norm a place to stay and meals when he was not at the hospital. He'll be eternally grateful to them.
Vicki with Ella Grace
Norm with Ella Grace
Tomorrow we're off to Mobile Bay, then up the Mobile River to the Tennessee-Tombigby Waterway. Our friends cruising ahead of us have told us that the river currents and pool levels at the dams are in good shape. More on that later.