The charming and beautiful Susan and I just had the fight of our lives with Allie. Allie is kind of freaked out by taking a bath in the tub - it could be that voices sound different in there or that the fan is running or being in water - so we purchased a little blow-up tub so we can give her a bath in her room where she is comfortable. As soon as her feet hit the water, she flipped out. I mean FLIPPED OUT flipped out. She screamed, hollered and yelled so much that she projectile vomitted all over us, in the water, and on herself.
We decided to continue with the sponge baths for a little while longer.
Medically speaking, Allie continues to move forward. She was seen by Dr. H. who oversees the physical therapy unit Allie goes to twice a week. Last time we saw him, I thought I might have to thump him. I've become a little over-protective of this baby these days. At our first appointment with him, he roughly flipped Allie over on her tummy and she freaked so bad I had to take her outside and swing with her to get her to calm down. And he didn't offer us a whole lot of hope, either. And we were a little hope deprived back in those days.
But this time, it was totally different. He talked about the possibility of Allie walking before she crawled, about braces, about goals, and he talked to us in terms even I could understand about the brain and how a child's brain heals. It was and educational, hopeful, and upbeat conversation.
Here are Allie's current challenges and what you can be praying about:
Sitting. She sits with support and she holds her head up better than ever. But she needs to gain balance and the instinct to stop herself with her hands when she leans to far left, right, or forward. She puts some pressure on her right hand and has developed more trunk strength and coordination when leaning right than left.
Tummy-time. Her g-tube is out and she spends more time on her tummy, but doesn't get there on her own or roll off of her tummy without assistance. But she is content there and has greater range of motion with her arms than ever.
Eating. She is eating better than she ever has. We feed her soup, avocados (yep), cereal, bananas, cookies and these baby cheeto things. Her tongue and mouth are working great. She gained a half pound in two weeks. I thought for sure she gained more, but she's doing okay and is definitely more active.
Sleeping. She gets a lot of sleep at night. She only wakes up once or twice. She is an early riser. Therefore, so am I.
She's sleeping right now, as a matter of fact, in the arms of the charming and beautiful Susan.
We appreciate all your prayer. Allie's medical crew is continually amazed by her progress. I have plenty of opportunity to testify about prayer and the power of God.
The progress is due to answered prayer along with the continuous love and attention from two very special people. There will come a day before you know it when she will be able to tell you thank you.
Avocado--mmmm...this child knows good food! I wish I could get California avocadoes year 'round.
Your (pl.) whole story is one of God's love, mercy, healing power (by whatever means), and hope. It's also, I'm convinced, an example of Joseph's statement to his brothers: You meant it for harm, but God meant it for good. I don't believe for a minute that you've discovered or witnessed all of the good that God will bring out of this.
(I hope you know I don't mean to suggest that God *intended* for Allie to be shaken, as she was! I, at least, can never believe that sort of thing.)
I know what you mean, Vicki. Thanks for the abundance of encouraging comments...
Thanks for giving us such a detail up date on Allie's progressand what to pray for.
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