Sunday, July 25, 2010

Update on Vivian - 7/25.

Vivian smiling for Aunt Mair's camera

Vivian had a great day today!

When Marian and I arrived at the hospital this morning, Vivian was happily hanging out in her bed watching Madeline in London on her iPod Touch. Vivian was very conversant with Marian and me and just generally seemed to be in a good mood. Her nurse, Norma, reported that Vivian had slept well during the night and had cooperated perfectly in taking all of her medication orally. Norma told us that when she asked Vivian if she wanted to watch Dora on the TV in her room, Vivian had indicated that she wanted to watch Madeline on her *phone* instead. Norma told Vivian that she wasn't sure she knew how to operate Vivian's phone. Vivian responded, "I can do it!" Norma handed Vivian her phone, and Vivian turned it on, navigated to the videos menu and chose the movie she wanted. Norma was so impressed! (I was too, given that Vivian's left hand could not have been of much help.)

Vivian watching her *phone*

Later in the afternoon Robert and his mom took Vivian on a walk around the hospital in her stroller. They got Vivian to take quite a few steps from her stroller to a sofa in the lobby. Robert's mom bought Vivian a banana smoothie that she consumed happily and easily.

We are all so excited about Vivian's homecoming tomorrow. I think I would have been happy at any point Vivian had been discharged, but her extra days in the hospital seem to have brought Vivian sufficiently far along in her recovery that I feel very comfortable about our ability to care for her at home. We will have some nursing help, but I hope not to need it for very long.

Praise God for the miraculous progress Vivian has made. Praise Him that Vivian seems so much like her old self again. Pray for Vivian's continued recovery. Pray that Vivian's strength, balance and appetite increase. Pray for wisdom and patience for Robert, Will, Dorothy and me as we tend to Vivian's needs at home.

We are very grateful for the comfort and support each of you has provided us on this journey.

"I will sing of the mercies of the Lord for ever: with my mouth will I make known Thy faithfulness to all generations." Psalm 89:1

Vivian reading her book and drinking her banana milkshake


Janet said...

I am soooo very happy for all of you. Y'all have been very blessed with every thing you have gone through. Good luck on going home.

Love and Prayers,
Janet Melton

Henley on the Horn said...

I'm so glad she is enjoying her banana shake! Go , Vivian, go! And thank you, thank you Lord Jesus!

Sandra said...

I'll be praying for a smooth transition to "home" sweet home. God is good. Happy Monday to you!! xoxo

The Mrs. said...

Oh I just want to come over an make her a banana milkshake myself! I am so thrilled! Love answered prayers!!!

Jenny said...

Yea, God! What a joy to read of these answered prayers! We're continuing to pray!

Maggie said...

Thanks be to God. V. looks absolutely wonderful. Many prayers for you all for her smooth transition back home.

sharon protzmann said...

Happy homecoming to everyone - especially Vivian. Your blog was very uplifting and full of hope. I know that ALL of you are in God's good hands and in our prayers. Love, Sharon

julie said...

I'm so glad that she is getting over the hump of this whole ordeal. I have been praying for you and thinking of you often.

Whitney and the Preppy Puppies said...

Eloise, it sounds like Vivian is doing so well. I'm so happy for you all and I know how much you're looking forward to today's big homecomming. xo xo

Anonymous said...

Wonderful news! I am so happy for you and your family. Vivian has come such long way and looks great. Happy homecoming to you all. Warmly, Bridget

Debbie K. said...

Praise God! She looks so great in these pictures. So precious drinking her milkshake and holding her pillow and doll. Vivian is a gift from God. Thank you for sharing her with us. (((Hugs))) ~Debbie K.

Amber M. said...

Hooray! Hooray!! Your family has reminded me that the Lord really does hear and answer our faithful prayers.

Happy Homecoming to Vivian! And here's to many more banana smoothies.

JMW said...

My heart leapt when I saw Vivian's smiling face in the first photo! I've been out of town, so had not checked in lately, but continued the prayers. What an amazing turn she's taken! I'm so happy for Vivian, you and your entire family. Praise God!