Friday, June 29, 2012

Lydia had a restless night, but is recovering well from her surgery.  She began receiving small amounts of formula today, through her new tube.  The goal is to keep her stomach small for the first few days after the surgery to promote healing.   Her nurses increase her feeds in a very systematic way until she is up to her full feeds in a few days.

Lydia got new casts again today: bright, deep purple!  Grandma got to choose the colour.  Lydia's physiotherapist said that he could see improvement in the tone in her calves, and that the casts are helping.  She will probably need at least two or three more casts after these.

We went outside again today, to enjoy the birds, the sunshine, the breeze and the shade.  Lydia was able to sit up well in her wheel chair, and she even rested and slept for a while outside.  

Our greatest encouragement from today is that Lydia found her voice.  She regularly made small humming sounds.  We celebrated her accomplishment and told her how we look forward to hearing her singing voice.  She needs to know that we will applaud her every "first step" and cheer lead her every gain.  To have found her voice, while still recovering from surgery and weak from a restricted feeding program, is evidence again, of God's goodness to us, and His healing in her.

Lamentations 3:25,26

The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him;

It is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.