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>Day 3, 4:00 PM

March 10, 2011

>Today time started running at hospital speed. Late morning was a whirl wind of visits from people we love, starting with Grandma and Grandpa.

Next were Papa, Faith, Mercy and Hope, then Auntie. Unfortunately my arms were so full of girls that I didn’t take any pictures! The girls have figured out Gillette’s best playrooms and were sorely disappointed that this week, the evening Dog Show was Tuesday night, the night of Joy’s surgery, when they were staying with Nana and Auntie. But last night they participated in the evening craft –art with sand and glue. And today they thought it was an adventure to eat lunch in the hospital caefetria.

Joy’s big adventure of the day was getting up out of bed and going for a ride in a reclining wheelchair. Movement was just what we needed to toggle Joy’s talking switch to “on.”

It was almost hysterical to hear her shouting commands: “Read the signs!” Yes, we were passing signs. No I’m not in the habit of reading signs like “Construction zone. Authorized personnal only,” out loud to Joy. But maybe I should start?!

“Count the lights!” Not hard. We count lights all the time.

“Look at the people!” Yes, we know she likes people-watching. But no, she’s never before told us so!

It is almost as if the meds have a disinhibiting effect on her brain. They also slightly slurred her speech. It was really cute, like she’d had a few too many drinks.

We took advantage of being up to try eating real food. This is what eating will probably look like for the next five weeks:

Then after her first real meal in three days, apple juice and Cherrios, Joy fell alseep. Looks like the chair might be handy for naps, too.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 10, 2011 11:42 pm

    >She is so precious! Thanks for sharing!!Wendi:)

  2. March 11, 2011 2:36 pm

    >She's such a trooper and so brave. I'm glad to hear she's getting to do some things she's used to.

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