Look at the darling cookies that my friend Bonnie MADE for Vivian!
We are so glad to have Vivian home! In some ways, though, I feel like I've traded intermittent periods of intense stress for continuous stretches of milder tension.
Vivian has not slept well since she's been home. Last night Vivian was particularly restless, though she didn't seem to be in pain. I don't think Vivian can get into a comfortable position with that huge cast on her arm, and she may also be used to people checking on her all the day and night in the ICU. I'm hopeful that Vivian's sleep habits will improve as she adjusts to being home.
Meanwhile poor Marian is attempting to rest in our guest bedroom which is regrettably located directly beneath Vivian's room. Marian refers to the experience as akin to slumbering in a bowling alley! (This was true even before the hospitalization as Vivian often gets up during the night and plays in her room.)
Vivian had a mild seizure earlier this evening. The nurse reported that it lasted about 45 seconds. Otherwise Vivian's health has been very good since returning home.
I have not yet been very successful in interesting Vivian in eating regular food. She will take a couple of bites of something and then began to say "No, thank you!" and cover her mouth. Her longtime speech therapist, Melinda, suggested that we move more of Vivian's g-button feedings to the evening so that she is hungrier during the day. I'm going to try that tomorrow. I am glad to know that in the meantime Vivian can receive sufficient calories and nutrition via her button.
Praise God for His faithfulness in providing for Vivian and our family. Praise Him for Vivian's miraculous recovery. Pray that any infection in Vivian's body would be wiped out by the course of antibiotics that continue for another three weeks. Pray that Vivian's left arm would heal and require no further surgery. Pray for Vivian's balance and strength to improve. Pray that Vivian's appetite returns. Ask God to grant patience and grace to all who care for Vivian daily.
My heart overflows with love and gratitude for each of you.
"It is good to praise the Lord and make music to Your name, O Most High, to proclaim your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night." Psalm 92:1-2
Vivian after her nurse and I gave her a sponge bath and "washed" her hair (using rinse-free shampoo) tonight
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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