This is Gillian again. Just wanted to let you know that Joseph is improving every day from his surgery. He is talking more, saying things other than "take it off" and "I want Mommy." He requested specific movies and cars and explained to me he would eat more when he didn't feel sick. He really is being such a trooper, so sweet and accepting of his new bed-bound position and aches and pains everywhere. We realized he needed morphine more frequently than we were asking them to give it to him and that has helped his comfort. Last night he ate for the first time since Thursday and drank a whole juice box, so that was good. He kept requesting chocolate chip cookies ("a big one, from Moe's") but at 1:00 a.m. that was hard to find...so he devoured a huge piece of angel food cake our friends the Slotkins brought by. Allen might even try to take him on a wagon ride later today. This hospital has many wonderful wagons here to pull the kids around in. You just put a pillow in it and they can lie down and go for a walk, go outside, etc. to have a change of scenery. We are hoping that within a few days he can sit in it again with his friend Logan and they can make each other laugh. He still has not rolled over onto his back b/c his head hurts.
Christy, Brea, Katie, Susie, Gwen--thank you for all the goodies you brought by this morning. I wish I could have visited longer.
that he would be able to sit up soon and that it wouldn't be too painful to do so (he does want to eat, but I think he isn't eating that much since he's still on his tummy)
that he would re-attach to his loved ones other than mommy (right now, understandably, he only wants me--but I have to sleep at some point so I'd love for him to be OK with his grandparents, Daddy, etc.)
that Joseph would get the best possible care and God would give us wisdom on how to treat his condition, whatever it ends up being
that Allen and I would communicate well and have time together and time to sleep and charge our batteries
Thank you for all your many prayers, and I look forward to hearing from you penguin friends, Lizzi.
Monday, December 3, 2007
Posted by Allen and Gillian at 11:38 AM