Thursday, August 26, 2010

We had a party! It's gonna' be a photo filled post!

The Invitation!

The Cake(s)
I thought I had pics of the other 2 cakes but I don't.

The Guest of Honor

The Guests 

Surprise guest... freaked Abi out! Mr. Losee. ( sorry Mr. Losee I know I spelled your name wrong)

 There were so many friends, family and restaurant regulars that came to see Abi last night, I had a hard time keeping up with everyone. The party was from 6-9 pm and they kept coming in waves. It was so cool to see all the love and support in physical human form. I also know that those who showed up last night were just a fraction of the support she has. 


Monday, August 23, 2010

Don't forget about Abi's Party! and general update...

Just a little reminder about Abi's party details are in the post below.

Today Abi has been quite tired and not eating as much as she should. She has had a busy few days. She went to church and lunch yesterday and then slept for 5 hours. Then went for a short visit and ended up staying the night at my house. She slept through the night and had a good morning. Although not pain free it was fairly good. Then she went home about 1 to meet her new home health care nurse and therapist. She will be having a lot of in home therapies. She was pretty wiped out by the time we got her home. And she was in a lot more pain. Tonight she has been ill again. She gets really depressed when she starts feeling that way. It is hard to see her feeling like that. Keep praying for her. I know it makes all the difference in the world! Thank You all For your support! We Thrive on it!!!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

We're having a party!!!! Wanna come?

You Are Invited

Date: Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Time: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm 
Place: JB's Family Restaurant on 
3500 south and 4800 west
West Valley City, Utah

Hosted by JB's and her family. 

 We wanted to make sure that Abi was installed at home comfortably and resting up from her move before we spring a welcome home party on her. 

If you know abi, love abi, been praying for abi, want to see how she is doing, or just in general want to stand around and gawk at her, this will be your opportunity! 

If you would like to have dinner at JB's, Kids eat free! 
Rumor has it JB's will be providing drinks and the family will be serving Happy Your Home Cake!

Please post a comment here if you think you might be attending so we have an idea of how much room we will need!

Bustin' out of this joint!

Abi gets released today!!!!! She is so excited she can barely contain herself!  These are some of her Facebook posts and comments!

Tomorrow is the day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :) :) :) i get to go home!!!!!!!!! 34 days i have been in this hospital!! and day 35 is my discharge day!!!! :) :) :) :)

 yes!! my doctors just came in a few minutes ago and said im going home tomorrow unless something completely unexpected happens!!!! :) :) :)

I also got a text from her this morning @ 8:30 am while I was soundly enjoying my Saturday Sleep In. 
It read

" Today is the day!!:) Next time I see you it wont be in this stupid place. You won't have to drive across Salt Lake just to see me! just down the street:) 

She forgot to mention it was the stupid place that saved her life! LOL

They took out her feeding tube yesterday and she was so happy about it. 

  She said her goodbyes to some of the patients that she has befriended. She said her goodbyes and thank yous to her nurses and favorite staff. My mom had 2 huge cakes made for the staff on the IMCU floor and the Rehab floor. Her friend Cathy made the full sheet size Pea Pickin' Cakes, and delivered them last night.

When Abi gets home today she is going to be exhausted. It makes her ill to travel, even in the hospital with her wheel chair.  Abi got a brand new wheel chair last night and new crutches, these will be her new wheels for a while.  She will want to have visitors but make sure you call first so that she is not away at a therapy session or a doctor's appt. 


Friday, August 20, 2010


Abi is being discharged to home tomorrow. 35 Days. Please call her to see if she is up to visiters.


Thursday, August 19, 2010

A Field Trip

Abi got to go on a field trip today! Her occupational and recreational therapists took her out of the hospital for a field trip to Abi's work place. She was all smiles. It was really good to see her in a different environment. I am going to post 1 picture and then tomorrow Abi is going to help me blog post about this outing..... So until then enjoy this sneak peak.

small as a wee lad!

I went up to give Abi her shower last night. While getting her dressed I noticed that the size of her work out shorts were really tiny. I looked again at the tag and it said L(10/12). I was confused for a half a second until I realized that these shorts were for a little boy! She wears  little boys shorts, and they fit her perfectly well. My son is 12 and he just outgrew that size.  Abi WAS a size 3 in womens. She is starting to eat more. Last night she ate 1/2 of her Wendy's crispy chicken sandwich.  She is definitely drinking a lot more, 44 ounces or more every day!

After her shower and we got her all prettied up, the guy visiting his dad in the next room came over and asked Abi if she wanted to go for a stroll on the patio. It was so cute! Abi even gets a date in rehab! OK so it wasn't a date it was just a bored teen asking another if she wanted to get some fresh air. But Abi was all too happy to go and get a change of scenery. We put her in her chair, gave her a Mt. Dew for the road, wheeled her over to the next room and let her go.  I did however make Shelton say he would protect Abi with his very life and he had to hold up his right hand and make a solemn oath.(ok not really but I would have had I thot of it)

That is all I have to report today. Other than, I know Abi is going on a field trip today with recreational therapy! I am not at liberty to say where she is going, but she will have a good time! And tomorrow I will tell you all about it!
Have a great day!!!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Are you out of your mind?

I did not get to see Abi yesterday as I was sick and did not want to get her sick. But I did hear a few things.

Her Occupational therapist tried to insist that she put her brace on by herself! This is difficult to say the least because it is big and bulky. Also she is not allowed to lay higher than a 30 degree angle or sit up or stand up with out it on. She can only log roll and she is not allowed to bend or twist at the waist with out it on.  That presents a problem! All of the things she has been told she can not do would require being done to get it on. No worries though! Abi got her feisty on, and she let that therapist know exactly what she thought!!!

I also heard that she ate half of a chicken breast last night! I am so happy for her. She told me she drank a Carnation instant breakfast too!  Hopefully she is on her way to start feeling hungry. If she gets her appetite back that would be wonderful.

Saturday is the tentative discharge date! It is going to be a long hard day for her if that is the case but she is going to be so much more comfy at home!

I will keep you all posted!

Tuesday 8/17

Abi had a pretty busy day yesterday. She walked 580 ft for her Physical Therapist. Occupational Therapy we a challenge and the Therapist found out that Abi wasn't afraid to voice her thoughts and that they really need to listen to her the 1st time she speaks. She was pretty warn out after the morning sessions and got a couple of hours rest until the afternoon. Overall she is doing well.  Caleb got her to eat a few bites of chicken last night and she has been doing well on her liquids. Charlette has given Caleb the assignment to come up every evening to get Abi to eat. Charlette said that she had a pretty good night. No nausia and she got a sleeping pill, so she slept well.

Stacey tells me that there is some confusion as to who is doing the blog posts. If it makes total sense, it is Stacey. If it is kinda rambling, it is me (Dave). When Stacey posts it shows her name at the end of the blog. When it shows "weloveyouabi" then it is mine. Stacey says there is a way for me to sign, so I will try it. Hopefully in the next day or two Abi will post on her blog.

Monday, August 16, 2010

The Point

Today I took my kids to see Aunt Abi. They decided it was time to take a game up and play with her. We took Apples to Apples, and had a great time. Then we took Abi for a ride in her wheel chair, to The Point Restaurant.  The Point is an amazing restaurant in the Huntsman Cancer Hospital. It looks out over the entire valley and has an incredible view.  The cool thing about University Hospital is that it is connected to the Primary Children's Hospital and the Huntsman Cancer Institute. There are indoor sky walks to take you where ever you want to go.

In other news, Abi had the desire to eat a bread roll today! She ate about half of it with a few strawberries. She also drank 44 ounces of fluids today. A lot of it was Mt. Dew, but she also had some OJ, and some water and lemonade. That was what she had before 6 pm. She was very nauseated when we left. They were about to turn on her feeding tube when they brought dinner in to her. I asked if they thought that she would want to try any of her dinner if her feeding tube was on and they told me no. So I convinced them to hold off for a bit so she might try her dinner.  It makes no sense to me that they would want to start her feeding tube right when they bring dinner in to her.

The Hendrin Family brought Abi a Photo of her Air Med Helicopter at Jordanelle Res. It is a photo that they got from the KSL.   They had it matted so that her friends and family could sign it.  They also brought a frame for it. It is really cool.

Oh and Abi won our game of Apples to Apples!

Abi walked 580 ft today and did about 20 steps. It was extremely hard work!!

They have brought in a heating pad for her lower back, it helps with the pain tremendously.

I guess that is all for now.
 Have a wonderful evening,

Sunday, August 15, 2010

4 Weeks

Today is the 4th week since Abi's accident. By all accounts she should be just coming out of an induced comma and moving to the ICMU. But our Lord is indeed the Master Mender, and here she is maybe a week away from discharge. When I got here this afternoon Josh and Caleb were here and they were trying to put in an IV. She has not been able to eat so they are giving her IV fluids and starting the feeding tube again. The nurse was unable to get a vain, due to dehydration, and stopped. They call for an Air Med nurse. Charlette and Bill came and Josh and Caleb left. Charlette and I went up and seen Terah. Please when you are praying for Abi also pray for her. She is a sister in the Lord and has been a friend or our family for many years. The Air Med nurse came and in no time and the pain was minmal. She slept of and on for several hours. The nurse came in and gave her meds through her feeding tube, but it really upset her stomach and she returned them to the little yellow bucket. They are giving her some nausia meds and will redo her meds that she return a little later. They are going to start her feeding at a low level and then ramp them up as she can handle it. She still needs to be eating before she can go home. She is really anxious to get out of this hospital, and she tries to eat a little, but I think the fear of throwing up makes her hesitant. They changed the dressing on her stomach and said it is really healing well. Charlette is staying with her tonight and Abi will be back at her therapy sessions tomorrow.

Saturday Night

Abi had a pretty good afternoon after her shower and having her hair done. She slept for part of the afternoon. I found out the one of our friends from Life Church was in the Emergency Room at the U, so I went there to see her family. Josh brought Abi down in her wheel chair, as most of them know her and have been praying for her. She was a very big inspiration to all of them as to the healing powers of our Lord. She was in pain, but came down anyway. She got a little sick going back up, but felt better after getting her pain meds on board. As I was leaving the hospital she ask me to come back up. She was feeling really blue that being in the hospital was such a disruption to peoples lives. I assured her that it was okay, that our are okay and that is a blessing to come and be with her. I know she is getting tired of being on her back all the time, as most of you know she has always been a social butterfly and was always on the go. We know that God will have her back on her feet in no time. Thank you all again for the prayers.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Saturday is Group Therapy Day

Today Abi had a physical therapy session and right after she had a occupational/recreational therapy session.
In PT she was learning to use crutches. They want her on crutches not on the walker. We know that she is not ready for the crutches yet. Her balance and muscle strength is not there yet. She is just too weak to keep herself upright and balanced. The walker is good for now. During OT/RT they lined up all of the patients on the back lawn for a game of Bocce Ball. Abi is the youngest patient and had a good time besting all the older folks.

She is eating a little bit, but not much. They have given her 2 nights break from her feeding tube hoping her appetite would pick up. She ate 1/5 of her chicken wrap for lunch today. She is drinking more, but not near enough. When I left Josh was trying to force her to eat a snickers bar. She had eaten a 1/4 of it. I told her she had to choose the highest calorie snack off the snack cart when it came around. She asked if that was a fat joke. I said "no it's a skinny joke!"

Abi weighed 125 pounds when she arrived at the hospital. She now weighs 97 pounds.  She really needs to eat some high calorie foods.  She was scared this morning and crying because of her weight.  The problem is that she really has no appetite to speak of. We have decided she just needs to eat regardless of whether she wants to or not, she is just going to have to do it and eventually her appetite will come back.
If the doctors are not satisfied with her caloric and fluid intake by morning they will be giving her an IV again and hooking her feeding tube up again.

Tonight Josh will be staying with her. It will be good for them to spend time together.
I promise to take up my camera and get more pics of Abi, just as soon as I remember!!!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

catching up!

Wow if it weren't for Dave helping with this blog I don't think you would have any updates! It is a good thing we make a great team  LOL!

I got to stay the night with Abi last night and I forgot to take my camera. I was bummed about it. I really want some pictures of her walking. Even though she thinks she looks like a granny with a walker.

 Today I was able to get Abi to drink 7 ounces of a carnation instant breakfast. But it has to be chocolate or she won't touch it! I had to push it constantly, even in therapy, when she was taking breaks. She ate a few potato chips for me also. When I talked to her a few minutes ago she said she ate a few bites of her chicken at dinner. They finally have her feeding tube turned way down at night. Hopefully after a few nights of this she will start to get an appetite. She has no desire for any kind of food whatsoever, so we just have to force her to try a few bites. The problem with not taking in enough calories is that her body will start to consume itself with the energy it needs to recover from her therapies.

I am also hoping that she can start blogging just a bit every few days. I think it will be therapeutic for her. You can now catch her on facebook as well once or twice a day. She wears out extremely easily so she won't spend much time on it, mostly she wants to sleep more than anything.

Recreational and occupational therapy want to take her to the gateway shopping. She said it would ruin her reputation to be caught down there in a walker. Then they said they should go out to lunch at a restaurant and she said she wasn't hungry.  They suggested going for a ride on the Trax train but it seemed too overwhelming of a thought for her. Maybe next week some of these ideas will seem more appealing. Mostly I think her lack of energy eclipses everything else in her life!


Sorry, my mind isn't what it used to be, or maybe never was. Abi was also visited by her sister Linda and family from Duchesne. That made her really happy as well as Linda.

A blessed afternoon

I took the day off yesterday to do some work on the church and spend the afternoon with Abi. It was a very blessed afternoon. She had a busy afternoon. They changed the dressing and filter on her incision. They thought about closing it up, but decided to wait an other day or two to allow it to come together a little more. That made her late for OT so they reschedule. Right after they finished the dressing, the Physical Therapist came in. It took her a little bit to get going, but then she walked quite a ways (using her walker) She had to stop and rest a couple of times. Occupational Therapy caught up with us in the hall, so it was strait to their treatment. She did very well with them. When we got back to the room she was really beat, but still had a smile. She slept for a while and Caleb and a friend came for a half hour or so. Josh came up and then Stacey came and spent the night with her. It was indeed a blessing to see may "baby girl" smiling. She still needs to start eating real food instead of those vanila shakes through the feeding tube.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Rehab Rocks!

Rehab Rocks when you have a really nice therapist! Abi has 2 therapists who take great care of her. They push her but not too hard. I was going to post some pics but my internet is not cooperating.
Anyhow, Abi did so awesome today! She was given 2 goals for walking one was about 30 ft away and the other was about 60 ft. away. Abi surprised us all and walked about 150 ft. The greatest part is that she did it with the proper technique, not putting any weight on her left leg.

Earlier she walked herself to the restroom twice and also asked if she could get up and brush her teeth by herself. She has to use a walker, but it gets her mobile. I tell her baby steps when she gets frustrated and then when she is doing good I encourage her to do more.

Movement is difficult with the left leg. She has lost a lot of muscle mass in the right leg as well and can not lift her leg straight up. It goes to the inside and she can not control it. It will take some time to get her muscles back to normal.  Also it takes a ton of core muscles to lift legs and move them the way she is supposed to. And her core muscle in her abdomen has been cut through and is not healed yet. It makes things really difficult to deal with when you have spinal and pelvic injuries on the back and a large incision on the front.

No weight bearing on the left leg allowed. No moving with out a brace on. She must walk with a walker which requires her to bear weight on her arms in turn causing pain in her front incision. She really can't win either way she looks at it.

Today she did not eat much, by that I mean she ate 2 small potato chips. She has a feeding tube at night and they keep it turned up to 70. I am convinced that the feeding is what causes her vomiting at night. Which in turn causes her to be nauseated for most of the morning and not want to eat for the entire day. She has absolutely no appetite what so ever. We can not entice her with anything. She could care less. We have pretty much tried everything. I think if they let her go with out the tube for 1 night she would have the desire to try something. For all of her progress, I am most worried about the eating. I am worried that she will develop an eating disorder from this ordeal. When I say that she eats nothing I really mean nothing.
In the last 22 days she has had 6 bites of apple sauce ( weeks ago when they were doing speech therapy), 4 baby bites of chicken last night , 2 small potato chips today, and a bite of graham cracker last week. If there was anything else last week I was not made aware of it.
Physically she is coming along which is a huge praise! I just wish she would start to eat. She needs to eat in order to fully recover.

I promise more pics soon! Just as soon as my internet works properly!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Laughter Is Great Medicine!

Abi had some great visits today. The laughter was great and it kept abi in stitches... hahaha get it stitches???
I know that was cheesy, and lame. Forgive me.
It hurts for Abi to laugh but I think it is such great medicine. She was in such a great mood and her energy was great for the most part.

Josh stayed the night with Abi last night and it was a good break for my mom. I am sure having Josh stay over was a great thing for Abi as well.

 Her BFF came in to see her and have a sleep over tonight. Abi has not seen her in quite some time. Steph stayed with Abi in IMCU but Abi does not remember any of that. So to Abi it seems as if Steph has been away for a very long time.  Her BFF is called Right Brain and Abi is called Left Brain. Abi got fairly emotional seeing Steph.  Steph brought her a Crispy Chicken Sandwhich  from Wendy's and we got her to eat 4 bites of the chicken.  They currently have the feeding tube off during the day and turn it back on from 6pm to 6 am.  She has no appetite and refuses any food, so 4 bites of chicken was a good thing!  The nurse is pushing her to drink the gatorade, that they brought in to her. Now that her feeding tube is off during the day she is not getting any hydration and she needs to start getting some on her own.

Abi has a brain injury, and today that was a lot more apparent to me, than it has previously been, in her sleepy state. It is not something that is immediately noticeable, but if you talk with her long enough, say 1/2 an hour. You will notice she repeats her stories quite a few times with out realizing she has already told them. In the long run it is not something that is going to be life changing. And this is something we are hoping will just be temporary. But it is something that is more subtle.  It is funny to tease her about it and she takes it very well. tomorrow she will be so worn out that she won't know what hit her.  But it has been two steps forward 1 step back since the beginning.

Today I went to the hospital to help Abi shower. While getting her back into bed I noticed that her hematoma on her back was getting big again. The nurse made a note of it and they are going to have her doctors look at it in the morning. I am adamant that they not touch it with out first numbing her thoroughly. The last time they took care of it, they did it with out any pain relief. I told her she needed to use her words to make sure that they got the point! Please pray that she will not experience any discomfort during the treatment of this hematoma.

Just a reminder that visiting hours are from 4 pm to 8 pm. This ensures that you do not have to wait for her during one of her therapy sessions. They take therapy very serious in REHAB. Therapy takes precedence over everything else. Kids are allowed as long as they are not stressing out the other patients.  Her room number is 2616,  her phone number is 585-8066. It is a good thing to call before you come up. Especially if it is before visiting hours. She has a schedule and can tell you what time would be good.

Well that is all for tonight. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Have a great week. I will keep you updated if there is anything new to share.

Saturday, August 7, 2010


Abi has had kind of a rough 24 hours. The therapy sessions have been rather strenous. The wear her out and then she sleeps. She has been in pain a lot today. They have had the brace off today as much as possible. They changed the charcoal filter in her incision. It was painful as the skin had adheared to the filter in a couple of spots. Also the tape was really stuck in a few spots. The nurses were very kind with her. She has been awake and talking with us and joking. It is so great to see her smiling and giving all of us crap. The crying when she is in pain is not nice at all. She has a corrset type thing around her middle. It is like a back brace the that contractors wear. We are very optomistic for her. God has bless us so much.

Friday, August 6, 2010

No news is good news?

I don't have a whole lot to report today. I was only able to see Abi for about and hour yesterday.

 Her friend Geri came up and stayed with her in the afternoon. Which gave us all a rest. 
The night before she was vomiting a lot and that put a damper on her therapy the next morning. If you don't sleep, you don't have the energy to do rehab. She sleeps a lot. Mostly her complaints consist of "I am tired" or " I want to sleep". 

I did hear that they cleared her to eat some food but for now the feeding tube is still in. I was told she tried mashed potatoes and roast beef, and broccoli. 

She also had a recreational therapist come in and play UNO with her and Geri. I think she won all 5 hands! 

She has had all of her meds readjusted to see if that helps with the nausea. 

 We heard a tentative release date for August 21. Obviously that will depend on her. But we do remember that time that they told us she would not wake up for weeks. She surprised them all by being awake 3 days later. 

This is what Abi thinks of this whole business!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

pictures before and after and some inbetweeners

Ok these are not really before and after pictures more like first day pictures and nowish pictures.




 Orthopedic Surgical Trauma floor (all of those dark spots are bruising)

 Orthopedic Surgical trauma floor (Caleb and Abi)

 Orthopedic Surgical trauma floor (Josh and Abi)


This last picture of Abi is a rare one. She is only chipper for about an hour or two in a day, Then she flat wears out! 
Most of the time she sleeps. Sleeping is uncomfortable because she has to have her brace on at all times. She is not allowed to move with out it. She also has to sleep at a 30 degree angle due to the feeding tube. So she is never allowed to lay flat or any where near flat. 

Today she had 2 one hour sessions of Physical Therapy, 2 one hour sessions of Occupational Therapy, a one hour session of Speech Therapy, her first real shower since before the accident 17 days ago.  She has had her abdominal incision dressing changed twice. She was fitted with a new binder to wear under her brace to put pressure on her lower back to prevent another hematoma from forming. Took a ride in the wheel chair outside for fresh air.  All of this has put a huge drain on her and she slept most of the afternoon until I woke her for a shower. I bet she sleeps like a log tonight. 
She has also been experiencing a lot of nausea and vomiting today.  That also wears her out.  Hopefully she can rest and get re-energized for tomorrow. 
She is going to need it! 

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Rehab rules and regulations etc...

Ok just another update on the rules of visiting Abi.
In rehab they tend to wear out their patients with Physical therapy, Occupational therapy and Speech therapy.
Abi will have 3 hours per day of therapy. She will get a schedule every morning of what her day will look like which will be nice and bring a sort of routine into her crazy little world. 

Visiting hours are from 4pm to 8pm. With Saturdays and Sundays a bit more flexible. Especially on Sundays.  She can also leave her room and take a ride in a wheel chair and even go outside.

It is encouraged that you call before coming up on any given day to make sure she is not in therapy when you get here. Even though it is during visiting hours she may be in a therapy session.

Lastly we are back to 2 visitors at a time. Her new room is much smaller than before.
and you still need to wash upon entering and wash upon leaving the room, due to the nature of her infection being extremely contagious.

Abi was so much more active and even had some attitude today! Wide awake and talking!!!! But she is extremely exhausted now! she barely has any energy to stay awake or to talk.  So remember like her dad said "a good visit is a short visit"!   She wears out extremely fast.

Thank you all again for your love and support! It means the world to all of us.

Rehab and other updates

These 2 photos are from her last day in IMCU 
She still has her C-Collar on in the picture above. 
After her move to the orthopedic floor they removed everything except her IV and feeding tube. 

I am so sorry I did not get to post an update on Abi, yesterday. When I finally got home after the hospital and picking up the kids and softball practice, I went to my computer and I had Zero internet access so I did some trouble shooting to no avail. Then  I used my husbands laptop and he didn't have any access either. Ultimately I realized that the huge storm that blew over the mountains yesterday is what the problem was. So I decided to go to bed. I got up this morning and I have internet access again,  WOOO HOOOO!

Today Abi is being moved to rehab in the University hospital.  She will be going to a different wing of the second floor. Rehab is going to be super tough but she is a fighter and she can do this.

Yesterday my mom realized that the large mass on her lower back was really big. It just looked like her back was very swollen. After the doctor looked at it they realized it was a very big hematoma that could become very dangerous if not removed. This is essentially a bruise under the fatty layer. They ended up not numbing her at all. They used a 5 inch needle to stick her and drain it. It was excruciating for her and she screamed a lot. In the end they drained out 700 cc of blood. After a while she felt much better because that relieved a lot of the pressure on her spine and pelvis. She seemed to be in relatively good spirits.

After that I decided her hair needed a good washing. It had not been washed since the previous thursday. It was really hard washing her hair last week because of the c-collar she had worn for 12 days. It was removed on friday. The problem with having hair that is super thick and 44" long is that it gets really matted under the collar. So even with us washing and braiding her hair a few times a week, It was very tangled and a huge knotted mess in the back. I started washing her hair at around 1 pm yesterday. It took me about an hour to wash it. as soon as I was done with that part, Physical therapy came in and made her get up and walk from the side of her bed to the door and back. She was extremely agitated and frustrated. Part of it is the brain injury and not being able to process the emotions and frustrations and also be able to coordinate her body. The other part is the pain meds that make her a little fuzzy. Add into the mix the fact that she has been immobile and in bed for 15 days and you have an avalanche of emotions on your hands.

After Physical therapy was done with her, they put her back into bed and I again started on the process combing out her hair.  It took me till 5 pm to get her hair combed out and braided. Seriously the longest it has ever taken! The matting and knots were horrible on that back section. It was not all comb-able and I ended cutting some of it out in the back but only a small portion. I am sure she will love me and hate me for it, but it had to be done. I still am not happy with the end result so I am going to re-braid it  today.

During the time I was doing her hair, she also had some people come in to remove the sutures in her hip. Thankfully they weren't staples and it was a painless procedure.  She also was having an IV put in that had popped out earlier in the day.  Most of the time that I was doing her hair she slept right through it. even to the point of gently snoring, but if you ask her she would tell you I kept her awake the whole time.

She is also under the impression that she never gets to sleep before 4 am. For some reason she tells everyone that asks if she is tired the same thing.  For a few days in a row that has been the story. We know better. She does not remember any of her time in the IMCU. She only remembers things from the last few days in her newest room. We will see what she remembers when she is moved today.

Also a lot of people have asked if she remembers the accident.  She knows what happened to her because she has been told. But she does not even remember being at the lake that day.

Abi has some access to her phone. She has been texting a few people but she does not have her phone with her at all times. I think we are leaving that up to our discretion at this time. She wears out easily and she will need all of her strength for rehab.  She can also take phone calls on her hospital room phone as well. However we will limit those too. She is not going to be able to do all of her therapy and talk on the phone at the same time. She had a hard time getting off the phone yesterday so they could change her dressing on her abdomen.  Her Daddy finally had to threaten her with hanging  it up.  Typical teenage stuff!!!

Alright I will update more later. I am off to buy some new ribbons for her hair!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

I can't wait!

Stacey here,

I have been out of town for the past 3 days, and in all that short while Abi has progressed tremendously from all reports. I can't wait to get to the hospital and see her!

 Dave thank you so much for taking over the blog while I was away!

Ok before I head up to the hospital, I need a quick shower to wash off all the dirty lake water, bug repellent, and the smell of the camp fire.

Beautiful Sunday

Here it is, almost a full two weeks since Abi's accident and God's miricles keep unfolding. She had surgery this morning (#6) to remove the filter in her vain to catch any blood clots. All went well. As usual the timing changed. She was scheduled for sometime around 11:30, they came and got her at 7:00 and she was back in her room and texting me at 9.  She is very up beat and smiling alot. She has had some visitors and more are coming up. She is excited to see how much everyone has cared about her. She is gaining strength every minute. When she needs to use the restroom she only needs help getting our of the bed and then to keep her steady. With the clam shell brace, she is a little top heavy.

She is indeed a miricle. Two weeks ago there was some doubt that she would make it at all. The next day or so we were told she would be in an induced coma for 2-4 weeks, maybe more. Then Friday she was moved to IMCU, then this past Friday to Ortho Trauma Unit where she was only on the feeding tube and a couple of IV's. Pain meds are at her request. When she gets to a pain level of 4, she will call the nurse and they will give her the meds. She says her pain level doesn't get up to more than a 5. Tomorrow she is moving again. This time to the Rehab unit. We are not sure how long she will be there, but my thoughts are not more than a week. When they feel like she can manage to get around by herself she will be discharged to home.

We can't express how blessed we have been by yur prayers.