Vivian continues to amaze us with both the rate and extent of her recovery.
Carla, Vivian's occupational therapist who has worked with Vivian since she was two, came to our house Saturday and did some activities with Vivian. When she finished, Carla reported that she could detect almost no regression in Vivian's skills! Absolutely astonishing, given how very sick Vivian was.
We are quite pleased with the home nursing care Vivian is receiving. The nurses have been extremely helpful with managing Vivian's IV antibiotics and feeding regimen and ensuring that Vivian does not succeed in pulling out any tubes.
Vivian's strength and motor skills have improved dramatically. She is walking with little assistance for balance, though she needs help with stairs.
Will carries Percy and accompanies Vivian back to her room
The antibiotics have really torn up Vivian's stomach and she has no appetite. Vivian is able to take her seizure medications orally, but I haven't been able to get her to eat more than a bite or two of any food. Vivian is also having a difficult time tolerating her calcium supplement. We are going to substitute Tums and see if that ameliorates the situation.
Vivian is sleeping more soundly and for longer stretches every night. She complains less and seems to feel better overall. Vivian talks, laughs and interacts pretty much the same as she did before her hospitalization.
Vivian works on a puzzle with her teacher, Mrs. Kemp
Praise God for Vivian's miraculous recovery! Pray that Vivian's strength and balance would improve such that she is able to be safe and appropriately independent when school resumes on August 23. Pray that the antibiotics would eradicate any remaining infection in her body. Pray that Vivian's stomach would settle and that her appetite would return.
The Lord has blessed our family with a wonderful support network: our church, our friends, our parents, our sisters and brothers, Robert's work colleagues and our neighbors. We are very grateful.
"Sing to the Lord, you saints of His; praise His holy name." Psalm 30:4
Dots left yesterday to spend a week with my mom and dad at their house in Jackson Hole
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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