I don’t have a lot to report today. Lea woke up!!

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Lea was sleeping when I arrived this morning, so I let her sleep. Shift change would be coming soon, and I knew that the oncoming nurse would do an evaluation, and she would have to be awakened for that. So, when Christina arrived and turned on the lights, Lea began to stir, saw me standing by the side of the bed, and mouthed, “Hi, baby.” My heart soared, and my soul sang!

We “chatted” quite a bit while the nurse did her inspection, and then I washed her hair, which she thoroughly enjoys. After washing and rinsing, I wrapped her head in a towel to warm up the hair and expedite drying. Meanwhile, I reminded her that we were in the hospital, and that she was getting better every day, and those types of things. Christina told her it is September 30, and Lea looked real puzzled for a few moments, and then Juanita came in to see Lea before starting her shift.

The word spread quickly that she was awake, and several others came to say hello, and then hurried off to their assignments for the day. Dr. Mah came in a little later, and asked Lea if she was in pain. Lea mouthed, “Not really.” He asked her where she hurt, named several body parts, and when he said belly, she nodded yes, and mouthed, “A little.”

She was communicating with us, and trying to speak to us, so Dr. Mah asked the staff to find a Communication Board, which is a 2X3 foot printed chart with various categories of responses on it, so she can indicate her needs or desires. Things like Bathroom, Read to Me, Lights Off, etc. It is designed so that she can point at what she wants to communicate to us.

In a couple of days she may be able to handle a speaking port on her ventilator tube, if she gets her lungs strong enough. We’ll just have to see how the tests go over the next few days. We will also have to be vigilant while with her, because she is going to become more and more aware of her condition, and is likely to try to remove tubes, which is a common reaction.

I am SO glad to have this next problem! It is a baby step, but it sure seems like a big one to me! It is so wonderful to see those big blue eyes focusing, to watch her smile at all our new “friends,” and to see her reacting to comments. My brother came into the room, and said, “Hi, Lea, it’s David.” She mouthed, “I know,” and rolled her eyes up to the corners to let him know how silly he is. What a joy!

I can’t tell you what a huge relief it is to see her reach this point. I know it certainly isn’t the end of the challenge we face, but it sure does make it a lot easier to face each new day. I am SO excited about seeing her again tomorrow, and to help her work on the ventilator, and overcome her remaining barriers. I know it won’t be easy, but at least, we’ll be doing it together. Thank you, God.

Thank you, loved ones, for your continuing support. Please continue to remember Lea in prayer as we go through these next several days of ventilator trials, and hopefully, getting her back to breathing on her own.

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