Sunday, September 21, 2008

{WEEKEND VISITORS}

Yesterday I got to go and see Callie, our little PICU patient. I was BLOWN away at how good she looked! It's amazing how much changed in one week. Everyone who has been to see her in the last few days have told me how great she looks, so I was so happy to be there with her and get to see it for myself and not through picture messages. Last Sunday was the last day that I saw her and while she was looking TONS better than my first mental pictures of her after the accident, I couldn't help but hurt a little bit for how she looked. To think of what this little girl has gone through and is still going through, I wished I could give her a break and go through some of it for her. It was so nice to see her looking more relaxed and comfortable and not have to be so covered in I.V. lines and monitors. And just as I know my parents LOVE holding her, I know that she loves it too! That has to be so comforting and soothing to her. And guess what! Big sister {me} got to rock-a-bye her too!

The biggest sister and the littlest sister. {Just a note: there is about a 21 1/2 year difference here. And she's the stronger of us.}

Mom, Dad & little California! Every one's smiles keep getting bigger and bigger as Callie gets better and better!

She did have to have a little bit of her hair shaved away for the monitors and her incision. I promised her some pretty headbands for when she gets her little buns out of the hospital.

The rest of her visitors! Well at least while I was there. There is {top left to right} Marcus, Amber, Dad, Haley & Burke {bottom left to right} Elsie, Emma, Brinley & front and center, Hayden {who is blurry because she's always in motion!} Callie was so excited for the kids to be there. My mom says that maybe she was a little TOO excited!


Also, I found out this weekend that she wont need a drainage tube for the hole I had mentioned before that was draining fluids through her ears. That has healed up! Such an answer to prayers! And I was mistaken on a few of my posts when I said the "Optical Nerve" was damaged, it is actually a part of her brain stem which holds optic function, not the Optical Nerve itself.

Oh and Callie has added another therapy session to her busy schedule, she will start vocal therapy early this coming week! Go Callie! I'm not sure what all they can actually do with her right now in her condition but I guess they feel it's important to get started. I'm anxious to see how it goes!

We love you Callie! We're all fighting for you!

6 comments:

LORI said...

WE'RE SO GLAD TO HEAR ABOUT CALLIE'S PROGRESS! WE'VE BEEN A BIT UNDER THE WEATHER HERE AT OUR HOUSE, SO CAN'T GO SEE HER PERSONALLY YET, BUT WE'RE CHECKING IN WITH YOUR BLOG A FEW TIMES A DAY! LOVE TO YOU ALL, YOU ARE ALWAYS IN MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS! LORI

butlerfam15 said...

Thank you so much! Isn't technology amazing! I hope you all get well soon! I miss the football games!

Amber said...

every time I read your updates i tear up. She reminds me of my own little girl...I think its the nose and lips. And the way you described her pointing her finger at you and scolding you...my little one does that.

I hope you have a good turn out tomarrow- advertise everywhere- craigslist really works- and cafemom too!

Jill * Zane said...

Hey Ashley, I was fortunate to be able to stop by and see your mom and Callie on Friday evening and there was such a peaceful feeling when you walked in her room. When I told the front staff who I was there to see, one gal got a big smile and said "awwww, I always wonder how little Callie's doing. She gets so many visitors!" I said she has LOTS of family and friends who love her! I really don't like hospitals and get anxious in them, but there was such a calm feeling when you walked in her room. She looked like a little doll baby resting peacefully, ready to wake up any minute. It was hard to imagine the trauma she had gone through just a few short days before. I am still amazed by your family's faith and will keep praying for Callie to keep getting better and better!
Love, Jill (McNeil) Beach

Wendy said...

Super cute quilt Ash!! I love it! Im trying to get my blog all set up this morning for the raffle~I also left a comment on cjanes blog about this so maybe she can help us advertise a bit!~I will try and get it on designermoms too! So glad things continue to look positive and move forward for Callie! I think your Mom and Dad look so good in the picture with Callie!~doesn't your mom have the BEST eyebrows???
ok Im off to get busy!!!

Wendy

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