Thursday, September 18, 2008


Baby's got blue skies up ahead!

I got a little teary eyed when I got these pictures today. Today was the first day my parents were able to hold little Cal Jayne. After 11 days in the hospital I can only imagine how wonderful a moment that was!

Today has been a great day!

She was able to have her staples and the ICP monitor removed from her head. The doctor who removed the staples was very impressed by how well she did. He said it usually makes people cry, Callie just flinched a few times. What a tough little lady!

The MRI results were finally delivered and discussed with my parents. There were no significant changes as far as regression. And the few areas they were worried about stroke damage were cleared up. The only damage that still remains is on the brain stem and it affects her optical nerve. What a miracle! My parents fasted yesterday that the damage to her optical nerve would be able to heal itself and as I was speaking to my Dad he told me that a lot of their prayers have been focused there. The doctors have said today that it is possible that she is in some level of "awakeness" right now but because she is still unable to open her eyelids and her eyes have yet to dilate, it is hard to know for sure.

Callie also had her first day of physical therapy! They are limited as to what they can do right now but they want to get started. They will be going in to work with her several times a week, as will the music therapist. They plan to keep her pretty busy!

My parents tell me that Callie seems to draw people to her. The nurses and doctors who see her will come to visit her even when they are not on call. They are all so impressed with her strength. And of course they think she is adorable!

We are so thankful for such a beautiful day! The Lord continues to bless and watch over her and our family. It has been such an eye opening experience for me. To see such a miracle and to feel the faith and love of so many around us. If I wasn't such a big mouth I think I would be speechless right now.

Thank you everybody I hope you can see from these pictures what a blessing your prayers and faith have been for our family.

Also, my mom was able to do a quick post today. I know she would love for all of you to read it. {CLICK HERE}



Mandi said...

OH, those are the sweetest pictures I have ever seen. I couldn't help but tear up. I loved that, thanks Ash. That is one tough little girl and your parents are amazing. I am so grateful that that little Callie girl is putting up such a huge fight. We love you guys so much!

Matt n Jessica said...

Thank you for posting those precious pictures! We continue to keep Callie and all of you and the family in our prayers. She is such a strong little girl, she is going to pull through this and be even stronger than before. Thank you for posting the continuous updates!

Jill said...

Beautiful pictures. She looks like a little angel lying there. Your parents are amazing. Thank you so much for the update.

Wendy said...

Ashley~I LOVE LOVE LOVE those pictures!!! Callie looks amazing! I love how peaceful and happy everyone looks~your mom is beautiful as always!! I love that Callis is getting music therapy~how awesome!! What a miracle we are all witnessing!
Thank you sooooo much for keeping us all updated on your sweet family, I check on you guys daily!
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Let us know! 536-3636

Eric and Addie said...

I just wanted to drop by and let you know I check your blog daily for the updates on your sweet baby sister. Your family is so inspiring to watch as you all go through this hard time with your heads held high.
I love your mom with all my heart she is the kindest lady ever.
I want you to know I am praying for your family and your sister.
I know your aware but just know that I know Heavenly Father is so aware of what your family is experiencing and he loves you all.
May the progress continue.

Eric and Addie said...

hey would it be ok for me to add one of your donate buttons on my page? if so how do i go about getting the code?

Fauna said...

I love the pictures. Especially since Callie is dressed in her own clothes and has ribbons in her hair. What a joy that must have been for Dana and Jeff to be able to hold her. Surely she recognizes their loving touch.
You never, that I saw, said where the raffle is being held. ??? We would love to buy tickets and be there. Did I miss the "where of it?"

{Ashley B} said...

Silly me, the raffle will be held on my blog. I will have a post up on monday telling how it works!

Stephanie said...

The pictures made me cry. I pray that you have been able to feel the arms of our Savior around you and Callie through all of this. You are still in my prayers.

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