Thank you all so much for your prayer and support. It is so great to see so many encouraging emails waiting every time we open up our inbox. At this time Im sure you understand that I cant possibly respond to everyone's wonderful offers, or even thank you for the specific things done. But know that we appreciate each and every one of you. We could not do this on our own, you talk about how strong we are... but we are truly being held up by you.
We have seen such an amazing prayer network spring up, I cannot believe the support. All across the country... and world! God is so great and it is on his promise we will stand. Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, "Declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Charlotte is doing amazing. Already by this evening she was alert and starting to pull off all her gizmos and gadgets that keep her monitored. They took out her breathing tube, gave her just the little nose oxygen supply plug. This made her look much less scary. Soon even the oxygen wasn't needed. Next came out the line into her stomach. She really started to respond by this time, mad mostly, but thats to be expected. Her right leg has more power and control than we have seen for three weeks, she was squirming and kicking off the blankets. Her right hand could tighten a little when I put my finger into it but it did not seem to have any power to it, it is still quite still.
By about 10:00 she was responding to a few questions, do you want some juice got week nod. I dipped a little sponge into some water for her to suck and she went wild, "more" she said and started mouthing around for the sponge. At one point I was too slow between dips and she found Daddies finger and chomped down. Two glasses of water later we got a big "More" with a big nod, it was so good to see that it really was our spunky little Charlotte in there. Unfortunately we had to take the water thing slowly as to not overwhelm her little tummy after being empty for so long. Again she got mad and started ripping things out. Sort of like the HULK only she turns red.
Her poor little head is quite swollen on the one side. She has a big C shaped incision from temple curving back and then around to the top of her ear. But its amazing to think what went on today. I mean really, her head was open for over 3 hours this morning and now here she is demanding her water, kicking off her blankets and pulling off her monitors. It also looks like her hair will cover most of the incision, no scar should be visible. We have had amazing doctors and nurses, they have all put up with Rob very well. The first anaesthesiologist that we had came back to visit us because he noticed that Charlotte and his daughter, Juliet, shared the same birthday. After we visited it turns out that Yolanda and his older daughters birthdays are less than a week apart. He knew we are from out of town and gave us his home phone and cell number and said call any time if Yolandas bored and wants a playdate with someone her age or we need anything for Charlotte. Isnt that special! We have had wonderful care here.
I had better get going to bed, Charlotte is in the ICU and has her own dedicated nurse tonight. We are taking advantage of that and will sleep soundly in a nearby room. Tomorrow we will likely be back in our shared room upstairs.
Thank you all, With Love from Allison, Rob, Yolanda and especially Charlotte!