Wednesday, September 26, 2007
9/26 Afternoon Update
Courtney's made great progress, she's getting stronger each day, almost at each visit. She absolutely hates the collar around her neck and trache tube, she grabs at it, lifting her right arm up entirely to tug at the tubes or reach for the strap. It shouldn't be much longer until they can alter the tubing that might eventually allow her to talk. It appears as if she wants to yell or moan at times but the air escapes through her neck before it can reach the vocal chords.
I can't imagine what's going through her mind, whether she's entirely aware of what we're saying and doing or if its all a haze with the sedatives and medication. She has so much pent up energy, she looks out of place confined to a hospital bed. To think about small things we take for granted: she hasn't stood up for weeks, she hasn't tasted food, even been outside. A whole world of news is going on around her, yet her world is made up of an ICU room with little activity except loving visitors and medical staff shuffling in and out.
Court's legs almost have a life of their own, she moves them off the side of the bed to stretch out. The nurses will move her legs into different positions, even putting boots on her at times to arch her feet (they look like designer Uggs, tan with fur lining inside, I think I saw Paris Hilton wearing a pair into jail the other week). She's also undergoing some basic physical therapy, down the road she'll get to move to a rehabilitation center. That may not be for a few months, but we're all here for her.
We Love you Courtney and we can't wait to have you back safe and sound.