Will, Marian and Robert pose by the bed as Vivian tries to kick them
After a quiet night of sleep and rest, Vivian was subdued and a bit detached this morning. Denise, Vivian's physical therapist from when she was a little girl, stopped by, and we got Vivian up and in her stroller for a walk. Vivian didn't protest, but neither did she engage with her surroundings as well as she did yesterday. My sister Marian commented that she didn't think Vivian felt great this morning, that her legs were shaking as if she were still working through some withdrawal symptoms.
In the afternoon Robert brought Will up to the hospital to visit Vivian, and Vivian greeted Will with a kick. Welcome back, sweet Vivian! Robert conveyed that Vivian engaged and talked more as the day went on.
After she settled down from her not so affectionate welcome, Vivian held Will's hand
Vivian had a new x-ray taken of her left arm yesterday. An orthopedist met with Robert this afternoon and told him that the arm is healing well and that lots of new bone growth can be seen. This will make Vivian's arm stronger but will create a lot of stiffness that she will have to work through after her cast is removed. At this point we are not as concerned with the range of motion of Vivian's arm as we are with preventing the need for further surgery.
Tonight Vivian's wonderful aide, Mr. Kemp, and his wife, Cheryl, who helps with Vivian after school, visited Vivian in the hospital. Cheryl reported that Vivian recognized them and answered their questions appropriately. They had not seen Vivian in several weeks and were so pleased with how well she was doing.
My mom left this morning to return to Jackson Hole. I was certainly sorry to see her go but greatly appreciate all of her help and support the past two and a half weeks. We remarked to each other before she left how much better things were than when she arrived!
Praise God for His continued provisions for Vivian and our family. Please pray that Vivian's strength and balance would continue to improve as she gets out of bed and on her feet more. Pray that any remaining withdrawal symptoms would vanish before Vivian leaves the hospital. Pray that Vivian's doctors are able to determine the appropriate dosing for the Vancomycin (the IV antibiotic) that Vivian will receive for a few more weeks. Pray that if there is any infection in the bone or hardware in Vivian's arm, it would be addressed by this course of antibiotics. Pray for complete healing for Vivian's arm. Finally pray for a smooth transition home for Vivian.
Thank you for your tireless support and encouragement. We appreciate each of you very much!
"Thine, O Lord is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all." I Chronicles 29:11
Vivian watching Dora on the TV in her room this afternoon
Married for 27 years to Robert, three kids: Will (23), Vivian (20) and Dots (17) ~~~~
Majored in mathematics at SMU, taught elementary school for six years before Will was born, currently tutoring math ~~~~
Things I enjoy: playing duplicate bridge, working NY Times crossword puzzles, reading good books, entertaining, visiting with friends, planning trips, traveling, playing board games, spending time with family, cooking, keeping up with old friends ~~~ happy to correspond with other parents about raising a child with special needs
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