Tuesday, November 4, 2008

{evaluation day again}

Hello again Tuesday! Today is the day we await the doctors evaluation. I have my suspicions that our little lady will be returning to us soon! Can you believe that in two months, our little Cal gal has gone from this:

To this:



Awesome! We can't wait to have her home to play with and love on! The doctors usually make their 'rounds' sometime around 11:00 and noon. So by then I should have good news to share with all of you!


Here is just a little run down of Callie's current condition:

First off, she is awake. I realize now that I never was very clear on that fact. The reason for that is mainly that her 'waking' process was foggy and gradual. It was nothing like I expected, nothing like the movies portray. I expected to receive a phone call one day as I was doing the laundry with my Mom on the other end shouting "She's awake! She's awake!" But that was not how things unravelled. She began showing signs of being awake, but her eyes did not open and the signs were just that, nothing clear. Day by day things progressed in slow but steady fashion. Until it was obvious that she was awake. At that point, her being awake was almost a secondary thought to all the amazing progresses she was making. If that makes sense. Now to continue on...

She cannot open her eyes fully on her own. Her left eye will make the tiniest slit and that is greatly due to the fact that she has paralysis on the left side of her face. There's no saying if this damage will be permanent or not. Her right eye will open half way on her own and that is how she sees what she wants. She can see, her vision is just very blurry. This is because her eyes are still fully dilated. Again, something we are not sure is permanent or not.

She can crawl anywhere she sees fit to go. She pulls herself up to things and can walk with support. That seems to be her big focus right now, getting those crazy legs of hers to cooperate again!

She talks. And to me, all her struggles put aside, she probably says more than most kids her age. And you had better believe she is just as bossy, sassy and active as any other 21 month old out there!

She will continue therapy when she returns home. I feel like being at home with the kids will really help her in her progress. I am sure she will miss all of her friends there at PCH though. They have become like family to her through her time there.

I am sure I have missed some things. If you guys have any questions please do ask and I will answer them, or try to. My thoughts all seem to jumble up when I get behind the keyboard.

Thank you all so much for your prayers, your generosity, your support and your kind thoughts. You have all reached us and helped us. Callie truly is a miracle girl. You have all taken part in her recovery whether you realize it or not. So thank you a million times over!

And Lastly {and on a whole other subject}, Don't forget to vote today! Polls are open until 7:00 pm. So get a sitter for those kidlets, or grab a sandwich and spend your lunch break in line {sounds fun huh} but do what you need to do to get there! From everything being said in the media, this will be a close one. I hope you have all done your research on the candidates and the propositions as well. Arizona voters can go HERE for information on the 2008 Propositions. And on a last note: Don't forget to punch those CHADS with fury!

6 comments:

LORI said...
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LORI said...

THANKS FOR THE LINK TO THE PROPOSITIONS, ASHLEY! I'VE READ THEM BEFORE, BUT IT NEVER HURTS TO CRAM BEFORE THE EXAM, RIGHT?! NOW I'M OFF TO GO PUNCH A GUY NAMED CHAD...

Davis Family said...

I am so glad that Callie has made so much progress. I hope that she gets to come home soon and spend lots of time with family. Best wishes!

Nathan and Toni Southam said...

Ugh...I'm so nervous for the election today! Callie looks so good. I can't believe the progress she has made. Anyways...I'm going to leave you my address on the next post and then just delete it because I don't know which email address to send it to! Love ya!

Rachy! said...

Holy moly! that made me cry! haha. She;s darling! haha well i hope all is well with you and your family! Dont forget to call me and ask me to babysit! i'd LOVE to ! best wishes..

RaCheL

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