I've been given the opportunity on several occasions during the past few days to think about the things Ali can and can't do as a little one year old girl. Yesterday at physical therapy, Ali's therapist handed me this very informative article about Cortical Visual Impairment, also known as Cortical Blindness. Several times a week, I discuss how well Ali has progressed and how thankful I am that I have a group of people that pray for Ali and me and the charming and beautiful Susan. I hold to the firm conviction that the credit for her progress is the Lord's as He has intervened in this tragic event by providing and equipping medical people with skills and compassion along with everything else we've received to help us care for this precious little one.
Life is and will continue to be very different than we thought it would be. But I guess we all can say that about our lives. We never expected that we would have the chance to care for and watch a little girl grow up in our home. We never thought that we'd be making that home in California. We never thought that we'd be helping our granddaughter grow through and recover from the effects of Shaken Baby Syndrome.
While Ali was still in a coma in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, I ran a slideshow for the nurses so they could see the Ali I remembered and help us get back there. Below, you'll see slides of Ali crawling, holding her bottle, sitting up in a high chair, trying to stand, rolling over, holding spoons, grabbing bowls away from the charming and beautiful Susan, hugging a teddy bear, and putting her fingers in her mouth all by herself. These are all the things we hope that Ali will one day do again as she continues to progress.