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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Making Strides on *Day Six*

Talking to Aunt Penel on the phone- See that getting-better-smile!!!
John didn't need pain medicine from 5:00pm last evening to 5:00am this morning!!! That is a big step and answer to prayer. His head hurt this morning but we are so happy the pain is subsiding some. Mom (who is still there with him from the night shift) said he smiled already today! :) We are smiling because he held down the food he ate (last night) for the first time! He never made it this long before, even while being on four meds for the tummy!! He requested juice for breakfast and is more verbal then just his old grunts to communicate.
The rest of us are getting ready to go to the hospital soon.
11:10am- John was feeling nauseous because of the pain meds but didn't throw up- a good thing! He made a trip to the playroom again and sat at the little table to build with Lego's and train tracks. He is eating ice cream by himself right now.
He is on the pain meds every four hours as needed. We are seeing the end of the tunnel and may even be home real soon if John keeps up this new pace!!
1:40pm- John is certainly make up lost time today-He hasn't slowed down yet! He does not like the hospital Italian Ice. I asked him if he wanted Rita's. John said, "Yes! And I'll pay for it!"
He told Amy with a smirk, "Let's play King and Queen. I'm the king. You're the servant." Then he giggled!! :)
3:15pm- It looks like we will be able to come home very soon! John is doing so well!! His neck is still stiff but we are working on that. Hopefully we will have some an exciting -going-home-date by this evening!
6:45pm- John made several trips to the playroom and even planted a potted plant while there, that he can take home. He ate a good bit of his supper and has held it down. Praise God for everything and all the milestones John has met!!
9:00pm- Guess What?!! It's not official yet but John might be released tomorrow!!!!! He is so excited as we all are! When he is released we have to stay another 24 hours at the Ronald McDonald House/ hotel before going home to Maryland.

A family trip to the playroom

Susan had to give up the lap top so John could play a short game :)

Opening a gift from kind friends



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great news! It is wonderful to know that John is turning the corner in his recovery. If he continues to make as much progress today and tomorrow as he did yesterday, you all will be able to think of going home! Love to all, Hester A., Don and Gareth

Wednesday, September 26, 2007 8:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I couldn't wait to get out of class this morning to read your blog and see how John was doing. Guess what disease we covered today------ you guessed it!!!
John you look so handsome with your hair combed. Reading about your chicken nuggets is making me hungry! :) Can't wait to you get home -- I miss my lunches on Mondays and Wednesdays (hahaha).
Love Ya
Your Favorite

Wednesday, September 26, 2007 10:04:00 AM  
Blogger The Tomlinson's said...

Dear Friends,
I was speaking with a friend that works in the neuro surgery unit in Louisville, she was impressed that John was awake and talking and walking. Many miracles, we are still rejoicing and praising the LORD! John you are a special young man. we are so proud of you for being so brave and strong. We love you and we like that big horse you have there, kind of reminds me of 'Trigger'.
Love Miss Cara & Mr. Dean, Deanna, Paul, Lydia, James & Craig.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007 12:03:00 PM  
Blogger Sara N. Smith said...

Praise the Lord for such a wonderful report. I rejoice with you all! Truly God is good and His kindness never fails!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007 9:44:00 PM  

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