After the helicopter landed at the hospital, the Hall’s were quickly taken inside to be examined and treated. It was a small hospital and not accustomed to handling the massive flood of media that descended on them after word was out that the Halls had been found. Security was struggling to keep the media contained to just the lobby and placed a call to the local police department for more assistance.
Noah requested that he and Sharlee share a room. The doctor examined them and both Noah and Sharlee were extremely dehydrated. Sharlee was especially drained and they were immediately given intravenous fluids. Skylar was perfectly healthy. Sharlee had taken good care of her. The nurse had Sharlee express some milk for bottles and then another nurse picked Skylar up to take her to the nursery. Sky started crying, kicking her little legs and calling for Noah and Sharlee. “Da!” What she called Sharlee wasn’t clear, but they knew she was trying to say “Mom.”
“Can you bring in a crib so that she can stay with us?”
“No, I don’t want a sedative.”
“Babe, I got this. I’ll take care of Sky. You need to relax and go to sleep.”
There was a knock at the door and then Alissa and Dale entered the room. They would have been there sooner but there were no flights available until after the storm had cleared. Alissa and Sharlee looked at one another, and they both burst into happy tears. Alissa rushed over to her and wrapped her arms around her. Dale came over and wrapped his arms around them both.
Noah saw that he was finally earning Dale’s respect. He hadn’t realized that having Dale’s respect mattered to him, but he was glad that it had happened. Not just for Noah’s sake, but because Noah knew that Dale’s negative view of him hurt Sharlee even though she never said it. He and Dale still weren’t friends, but at least they respected each other now.
“Thank you, Dale. That means a lot to me. Though Sharlee did just as much if not more than I did.”
He told Dale about what Sharlee had done to that wolf.
“Noah, are you alright?”
He answered Alissa. “I’m fine.”
Sharlee was so relieved to hear her father say that. She finally felt completely relaxed now that her parents were there to take care of Skylar, and Noah felt better too. Dale had already spoken with the doctor about their physical condition. He knew that Skylar was in good health.
The nurse went to confer with the doctor. Since Dale was a pediatrician himself, the doctor agreed that Skylar could be released from the hospital into their care. The nurse brought them Sky’s snowsuit and Sharlee’s milk so that they could make bottles for her.
After Sky was dressed, Alissa brought her over to Noah. “Give Daddy a kiss goodbye. You’ll see him later. You’re going bye bye with Nana and Granddad!”
Sky kissed Noah on the cheek and then Alissa let her give Sharlee a kiss. Sky was used to spending a few hours from time to time with her grandparents and so she wasn’t upset about leaving with them. She was glad to see them!
Alissa told them, “I love you both, and I’ll call the nurse’s station later to check on you. I know you’ll probably be sleeping.”
Dale knew they’d likely sleep through most of the next day as well, but he didn’t tell them that.
As soon as they left, the nurse gave Noah and Sharlee their sedatives. They talked together for a little while about how helpless their experience had made them feel and how much they loved each other and Skylar. Then before long, Sharlee fell asleep.
Noah looked over at her as she slept, and he smiled. She continued to surprise and amaze him. He still didn’t know how it was possible, but he loved her more and more each day. The thought of losing her or Sky made him feel a sharp pain in his chest. He pushed the unbearable thought away and finally drifted off to sleep.
Dale and Alissa were taken out a back entrance of the hospital to avoid the press. The police officers had them leave the hospital lobby, but they were still out at the front of the hospital demanding a statement on the Hall family’s condition. Harley representatives and Noah and Sharlee’s agent conferred with Dale and Alissa. They decided to have Gene go and speak with the press at the hospital for the family.
“The Halls and their family have asked me to speak in their behalf. They are in good spirits and recuperating. They want to thank everyone who participated in the search for them and thank you all for your prayers and thoughts. They ask that they be allowed some privacy so that they can have an opportunity to recover from their ordeal. That’s all for today. Thank you!”
Dale and Alissa found a store and picked up some things for Skylar. They were glad to be able to stay in the same suite that they’d had before at the lodge. Skylar did ask for Noah and Sharlee a few times, but Dale and Alissa distracted her with other things. She was used to spending time with her grandparents and so she wasn’t very upset. Her parents always came to pick her up. Sometimes, it was even after she’d gone to sleep. They made sure to give her cereal in her dinnertime bottle that evening, and she went to sleep even though she fought it. Thankfully, she slept through the night.
During the night, the nurses came in to check on Noah and Sharlee, taking their vitals. Noah and Sharlee barely stirred; they were sleeping so deeply. Early the next morning, a nurse removed the IVs because their fluid levels were back to normal. Sharlee was the first to awaken. She could see that it was daylight, but she was still very sleepy. She looked over at Noah and he was fast asleep. She got out of her bed and climbed into bed with Noah, snuggling up close to him. He wrapped his arm around her, and they both went back to sleep.
“You’re alright, Baby. You’ll see Mommy and Daddy later. Are you hungry? Do you want Nana to give you a bottle?”
Dale heated up a bottle for her and Alissa fed her when it was ready. Then she gave Skylar a bath and dressed her.
This time, Noah awakened anyway. He smothered Sharlee’s face with kisses. After she was fully awake, he gave her a real kiss. Then he intended to take a shower and see if he could get a razor. He was dying to get rid of the beard.
“Get the hell out of here!”
Security officers came into the room and one took the paparazzi into custody and the other took the camera. He removed the card from the camera and handed the card to Noah. Then he carried the camera from the room while the other guard took the paparazzi out. After that a guard was stationed outside of Noah and Sharlee’s hospital room. They didn’t realize it at the time, but this was only the beginning of what was to come!
Sharlee called Alissa to check on Skylar.
“Skylar it’s Mommy on the phone.”
Alissa put the phone up to Skylar’s ear and she smiled as both of her parents talked with her.
The doctor came in as they were finishing talking with Skylar. She went over the results of their tests and told them that they could be released that evening. It was good news to both Noah and Sharlee. They wanted to get back to normal as soon as possible.
However, she had also reviewed the x-ray of Sharlee’s ankle. She didn’t feel that surgery was indicated, but Sharlee would be on crutches for the next couple of weeks as the ankle healed. She also advised Sharlee to see her own doctor so that her doctor could monitor her progress. They were both instructed to drink plenty of fluids over the next few days and not to over-exert themselves.
“That’s great sweetheart! Your car was located, and your belongings have been sent here to the lodge. Why don’t we all stay here tonight and then get a plane out tomorrow?”
Sharlee told Noah her Dad’s suggestion and he thought it was a good idea. Later when Sky saw her parents she gave a huge smile and they took turns holding her and receiving her sweet kisses.
“I think that was the best steak I’ve ever eaten! No offense to you, Babe!”
Noah went over to her and softly stroked her head.
He sang softly to her, “Baby’s boat’s the silvery moon, sailing in the sky. Sailing over the silvery sea, while the clouds float by. Sail baby sail out upon that sea, only don’t forget to sail, back again to me!”
I’m sorry guys, but this is not the complete chapter. I just got so far behind with the pictures that I decided to go ahead and post this portion of the chapter. Later today, I’ll finish the rest of the pictures and post the remainder of the chapter on Wednesday. Also, I apologize for the pictures. I just couldn’t seem to get them the way I wanted, but I hope that you still enjoy it! 🙂