Friday, July 23, 2010

Update on Vivian - 7/23, part II.

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This morning when my mom and I arrived at the hospital, Robert had Vivian sitting in her stroller in the lobby. Vivian was watching one of her favorite episodes of Dora the Explorer on Robert's phone and was convulsed in giggles at the funny parts. I was absolutely elated to see Vivian smiling and laughing again!

After spending several hours in her stroller, Vivian slept most of the afternoon. Whenever her nurse Ezy would approach to give Vivian medicine or take her vital signs, Vivian would bark, "Hey! You're waking me up!" and then immediately go back to sleep. Vivian was so calm today that we didn't have to restrain her arms, and I think that helped her to sleep well.

Had today not been a Friday we likely would have been discharged from the hospital as Vivian's medical needs at this point are few. The ICU staff was hesitant to send us home over a weekend, though, in case any problems should arise, so Vivian's homecoming is set for Monday. We are so excited!

Praise God that Vivian's withdrawal symptoms are virtually gone. Thank Him that Vivian has been eating and swallowing well and that she seems so much more comfortable. Pray for Vivian's strength and balance to return quickly as she has not been on her feet much over the past 29 days. Pray that Vivian's transition home would be smooth and that Robert and I would have adequate help to keep her safe and meet her needs. Pray for Will and Dorothy as they adjust to having Vivian home again and recall what it is like to have parental supervision.

We appreciate each and every kind word, deed and prayer that has been offered on Vivian's behalf over the past month. I doubt that anyone has more thoughtful and generous friends and family than we do.

With great affection,
Eloise

"Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord, praise his name; proclaim His salvation day after day. Declare His glory among the nations, His marvelous deeds among all peoples. For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise." Psalm 96:1-4

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Two Vivians (my mom and daughter) in the hospital lobby

16 comments:

bevy said...

Your story is a continuous miracle in the making! I am smiling and tearing up at the same time as I realize God's tender hand on EVERY second of this ordeal. You and your husband have been so faithful...

Mona said...

Such a blessing and miracle to see Vivian smiling again! Thanks be to God!! Praying your family has a smooth transition back into your home life. Thank you again for sharing this personal journey. You and daddyman are amazing parents!
Blessings!!
xoxo

The 5 Bickies said...

Vivian looks fantastic! I am so glad that you had an encouraging day and that you welcome her homecoming knowing that she is ready to end her stay in the hospital. We continue to pray for you all and follow along on this journey.

Jo said...

What a blessing!
I've been keeping up with Vivian but not always commenting. You've all been in my {answered} prayers. What a wonderful gift to know that you'll be taking your daughter home in just a few short days. I hope you'll find some time to rest as I'm sure your body needs time to recuperate as well.

Jo

Debbie K. said...

I can see the smile on your faces as you rejoice with the news of bringing Vivian home. She looks so wonderful - such a beautiful girl. So happy for all of you! God is so good. I did chuckle out loud when I read your comment about Will and Dot getting used to parental supervision again. (((Hugs))) ~Debbie K.

Preppy 101 said...

Love the part about "parental supervision". hehe - 29 Days. Wow, honey. I'm sorry that we couldn't have all been there physically with you, but I hope you felt our support and prayers. Of course, God was carrying and holding you both, and you can't beat that!
You and your husband are such wonderful, devoted parents. Vivian is a lucky girl!! Hugs to everyone. xoxo

Jenny said...

Finally have internet access again, and am thrilled to read this wonderful update! I'm praising God with y'all, and will continue to pray! Love and hugs, Jenny

Jan said...

What joyful news! In only a few short days, Vivian will be where she belongs -- home!

pink green & southern said...

Vivian looks so lovely. I am thrilled to hear that you are going home. Wish we were all there to greet you. The prayers from CT continue.

Les Hon said...

I have linked to your blog through my friend's, Tami R., and have been following Vivian's journey these last few weeks. It was such a joy to open your blog this morning and see her smiling face! Brought tears to my eyes! Praising God with you!
Leslie Honcoop

Firefly Hill said...

What wonderful news! So nice to see Vivian smile...

annie

Katy said...

So glad to hear such great news! She is looking wonderful and I know you will be glad to have her home!

bloggerprotectionprogram said...

Sweet Vivian- I am so happy to see you in your favorite strolley and smiling today! I bet you will be so happy to be back at home on Monday. God Bless.

Amber M. said...

Can't tell you how much I love to see that happy face on your beautiful girl!! We'll pray that Monday will be the day...without reservation or complication.

Loves!

Henley on the Horn said...

Vivian, we are so excited you have only 2 more nights in the hospital! What a sweet homecoming you will have on Monday!

Her Preppiness said...

Such wonderful news. Vivian looks wonderful.