Monday, June 20, 2011

Update on Vivian - 6/20


Vivian tells about her pink "cactus"

I apologize for not updating again sooner on Vivian. She is doing so well that I plumb forgot that everyone didn't know that!

The last time I gave Vivian any pain medicine was Friday morning. That was a dose of Advil, and I don't even think she needed it by that point. The swelling on her upper arm decreased substantially within 24 hours, though it remains every shade of black, blue and purple you can imagine. I can't say that it ever bothered Vivian, though.

Saturday morning I was talking to Vivian and she told me, "Dr. Brown give me my pink cactus. Love it!" It was really sweet. We are scheduled to go back to Dr. Brown's office next week. Vivian may be really sad when she realizes he has to remove her beloved cactus!

I've been amazed at how well Vivian has managed with her "cactus." She dresses and undresses herself frequently and with ease, acting like she's not the least bit encumbered. Perhaps because her arm has been bent at that angle for a year now, Vivian doesn't even notice a difference.

Vivian and I leave in the morning on our little road trip to pick up Dorothy in North Carolina. We are stopping to see dear friends in Birmingham, Knoxville and Jackson on the way there and back. I am quite excited! I also can't wait to see Dots and hear all about camp.

Robert and I are immensely grateful for the many kind expressions of love and thoughtfulness we have received on Vivian's behalf. We truly appreciate your prayers and well wishes. To God be the glory!


"I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels. For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations." Isaiah 61:10-11

12 comments:

Maggie said...

Good news! So glad Vivian's having a good recovery from her surgery. Have a safe trip to/from western NC.

Ellen Kerr said...
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Ellen Kerr said...

Thanks for the update! Have a safe trip! I think all the prayers worked! :-) e

Kristin N. said...

So glad that Vivian and her pink cactus are getting along so well:-). Safe travels!

Tami said...

So happy Vivian has had a good recovery. Enjoy your road trip!

Valerie said...

Such a sweet video, and she definitely seems to appreciate her accessory.

Perhaps the Dr. will provide you with some colored gauze for her to play wrap it after the cast comes off.

Have a wonderful trip with your girls.

Valerie

bevy said...

Just snowed your video to my 12 yr old who thought it was so cute that Vivian called is "her cactus". And I quote, "I bet she thinks that's a more fun word to say than cast. I do."

Your faithfulness is infectious, Eloise. Thank you...

linda said...

Awwwww....Vivian is a trooper! Have an enjoyable trip.
-linda,ny

JMW said...

Pink cactus - love it! So glad to hear how well she has come through this. She is such a trooper, as are you and Robert. Blessings to you entire family!

The 5 Bickies said...

So glad to hear good news! I haven't been online much and had to read back to see what was happening! Have a great trip to get Dots.

Kappa Prep said...

So thanful for Vivian's great recovery! What great news Eloise!

Me said...

What a doll she is...so wonderful to hear that she's recovering well :D Thank you for sharing that video..she is precious.