Still in the woods… searching for the canopy

Thank you all so much for your continued prayers and well wishes for my mom and the rest of the family. I can’t tell you how encouraging it is to have my blackberry chirping and buzzing throughout the day with facebook updates, twitters and e-mails and texts of love, concern and prayer. I do declare we’ve got the best friends and family this side of the known universe! What a blessing you all are to us, and I mean that most sincerely.

Okay so the update for things as I know them…

Mom received another CAT scan yesterday morning and from what we can tell the swelling in her brain has gone down quite a bit (a good sign). The doctor said that he was encouraged by what he saw, but did caution that we are not out of the woods yet. Every day will have its battles, some will be won, some will be lost – we will persevere.

The next step if everything continues to go well, is for a small surgery to take place to put in a drain (AKA stent). This will help to remove the excess fluid in her brain and decrease the pressure against the brain. Mind it’s brain surgery which is something that even the most minor of surgeries is pretty serious – we covet your prayers. Once this has been accomplished, the neurosurgeons will best understand how to proceed and what their plan shall be.

Yesterday when we went in to visit her in the ICU she continued to move her right foot and arm. The newest development is that she now has a little bit of movement on her left side as well. When Dad leaned over and whispered in her ear last night, she started moving around considerably – I’m not buying the automatic reflex of the trauma, to me that’s a bright indiciation that she hears us pretty clearly. It was an encouragement for us all to see her respond as she did to dad’s voice.

We’re not out of the woods yet as the surgeon said, we’re still in watch and wait. There are several uncertainties, unknown factors and as my aunt who is a nurse practitioner and research at Emory says, several land mines still must be navigated around.

We remain hopeful and are encouraged by the latest news. Thank you all for your prayers and concerns, it’s evident to me the Holy Spirit here surrounding us and holding us up, giving us strength.


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