Tuesday, June 02, 2009

A new day...

This morning was the first time she had any type of therapy. An occupational therapist came in to work with Sophie. She did incredible. Even though she has weakness on her right side, she could feel her muscles twitching when she did exercises with her. The therapist said this meant that it was just a matter of time before she regains her full strength back.

I am glad they are having therapists come in the room to work with her. The entire time the OT was in, Sophie cried. It's hard on my heart but I know it is best for Sophie. Sophie resisted her which is good because it makes her use her muscles. She had Sophie sit up in bed. At first she was pretty limp. But as she massaged her neck and shoulder muscles, I could see Sophie getting stronger. She actually held her head up by herself for a few moments!!!

A few hours later, two physical therapist came by. Sophie had just finished eating lunch. They had her sit up in bed and I was amazed at how much stronger she was already. They then said they wanted to try to get her to stand. I was a little nervous. Of course, she was crying through all of this. Once they got Sophie all situated, they put her legs over the edge of the bed and had her bear weight on her legs. She was a bit wobbly but she did it. She didn't have any balance but this was the first time she had been on her feet for a week. I stood a few feet in front of her and she attempted to take steps towards me.

Once she got to me, she put her arms around my neck and I gave her the BIGGEST HUG. The first hug I have gotten from her in over a week. It was a precious moment. Not at all awkward. It felt natural.

She stopped crying and started looking around at her surroundings. She was so aware. And not in as much pain as she led me to believe she was in!!!

Then, they had her do some tummy time in bed. She was able to hold her head up and turn it both ways. Then she just laid down and passed out.

It was so heartwarming to see all of this. And this is just the beginning.

Before dinner, we gave her another sponge bath and I worked on that hair some more. It is so greasy on top...I am wondering if they put vaseline or something like that to smooth is all down because the rest of her hair looks fine.

She ate a wonderful dinner (and lunch) but as soon as she was done eating she vomited EVERYTHING she ate today.

But afterwards, she was in such a great mood. VERY TALKATIVE!!! She said over 30 words!!! We did flashcards and played with toys. She was on a roll.

MY BABY GIRL IS BACK!!!

She made a lot of eye contact and would look around to find me in the room. She tries to sit up by herself. She is spontaneously saying words. It might just be me but she sounds a bit clearer than before the surgery. She's smiling...A LOT. Though it is a little lopsided consistent with her right sided weakness. But I know it is just a matter of time before it all comes back.

Simply amazing how much can change in a day.

It's 11:10pm and she is still going strong. She is watching one of her favorite movies...Big Rock Candy Mountain (one of Haley's favorite when she was younger).

I have so much video and pictures to download but I am way too tired. I am taking night duty tonight. I promise to post them as soon as I can.

It's now 12:10am and Sophie finally fell asleep! Sweet dreams my precious little girl.

16 comments:

Krissy said...

It warms my heart to hear how well she's doing!

Anonymous said...

Little by little, day by day she's getting stronger and stronger. I'm sure a whole new world is opening up without the fog of those constant seizures. We all have a lot to smile about.
Keep up the good work, Sophie.

Love, hugs and kisses,
Aunt Barb

JSmith5780 said...

Each day is better news. I am relieved to hear how well Sophie is doing. She's such a fighter!

Adesta said...

I'm so glad to hear that Sophie is doing so well. I chuckled when I read that she was giving a hard time about the therapies.

Anonymous said...

This is great news. I'm glad to here she is back to her old self. I guess I realy should say she has found her NEW self. Without the seziures, she probably can't figure out why she is feeling so good and that would make me smile too. Somtimes when I am work, or just sitting around the house I find myself smiling and whistling a happy tune and it doesn't take me long to figure out way. Thank you Sophie for being such a fighter.

Hugs and Kisses, Aunt Tammy

Anonymous said...

That is wonderful news to hear her slowly getting back to her old self! Let's just hope the vomiting stops today and she can really start feeling great :-) I'm glad you are at a hospital with the best doctors and therapists. They really seem to work together as a team. Looking forward to hearing about what Sophie's going to do today. GO SOPHIE, WE'RE SO PROUD OF YOU!

Erin

Anonymous said...

Wonderful news! Sophie will continue to get stronger each day- the prayers keep coming for you both :)

Anonymous said...

Hooray! Hooray for Sweet Little Sophie! Keep up the good progress.
So happy for all of you. Hope you and baby are able to rest a little, Elaine! Take care.
Jean

Heather said...

Wow Elaine .... I am in awe of Sophie and you all.Caught up on pictures.Her little puffy eyes and all.Overjoyed to hear she is reemerging with each new day.Keep the faith.Even when you falter.Don't stay there long.Look at your courageous daughter and she will lift you.Can't wait to hear of continued progress and lots more of Sophie antics.Prayers of strength to all of you.

Holli said...

Go, Sophie!!!

Anonymous said...

We heard about Sophie through Meghan (Jackson's mom). We've been praying for her and are excited to read about how well she is progressing. We will keep on praying for a full recovery.

Courtney

baby trevor's mommy said...

SO SO SO happy!

...danielle

Anonymous said...

So, so glad that things are going well. Every day you will see changes...she is a trooper!

Lots of aloha,
Sheila

Anonymous said...

I am Colette's friend and she just sent me your blog. It is absolutely beautiful. I just sat for over an hour and read some of your posts, with tears rolling down my face. Sophie seems to be coming right along. She is a very strong little girl with a WONDERFUL family. My brother had a brain injury in February 2008 and we spent February 2 to April 2 in ICU. I started a website for him and it was the best thing for me emotionally. He is home now and doing great!!! Every day gets a little better.
Best wishes and my prayers are with you all.
Emily Lape
Louisville, KY

Anonymous said...

So glad she's making so much progress!

Amanda

Jackson's Blog said...

Glad Sophie is doing so much better! I look forward to hearing more good things! ;-)