Tuesday, March 9, 2010
It's now been 2 weeks since Tatyanna's surgery and although the recovery has been slow in some areas, we are noticing consistent improvements. She is back to enjoying her Nick Jr. and even spent the morning at school yesterday. Her strength is slowly returning and she is able to sit up for longer periods without much support. She does, however, tire very quickly and still spends a large portion of her day snuggling with family on the couch or in her bed. Something surprising that we have noticed is that Tatyanna seems to still have some eyesight remaining. Before the surgery she no longer looked at books or t.v. and did not seem to focus on those around her. We had assumed that it was the disease taking its inevitable toll and were saddened to think that our little girl was now totally blind. In the days following the surgery we started noticing that Tatyanna seemed more alert and was actually focusing on faces and tracking the movement of the nurses in the room. She began to look at the pictures in books as she was being read to and would turn her head to look as the pages were turned. Our assumption is that she simply felt so lousy before the surgery that she had lost all will to do anything that she once enjoyed and it only looked like her eyesight was completely gone but we aren't sure. It doesn't really make any sense.....but I'm certainly not complaining!
The rest of us are adjusting to having a family member who is gt feed and all it entails. The older kids are good at helping me "watch the drips" and are good at sitting with Tatyanna if she is being fed and I needed elsewhere. Lexi is particularly enjoying the influx of fun, new medical equiptment and has been known to careen around the kitchen, using the IV pole as her personal scooter. Old syringes make handy water guns and the cans of formula make a pretty spectacular tower when she stacks the up. :)
Thanks so much for the prayers and encouragement that we have received over the last few weeks, we truly appreciate them and don't want to imagine where we'd be without them! I feel truly blessed to have so many amazing people in my life!