Sunday, May 17, 2009

Update on Melanie

Below are some excerpts from e-mails sent to me from Andy, Mel's Mom.

1st full day in Chicago
What a blessing Melanie is here in Chicago! They intend for Melanie to get back home as soon as possible. Now.....are you ready for this.........the last part of her physical therapy they had Melanie standing at the parallel bars. They sat her back down and commented that she was tired, but asked if she would like to try one more time. She nodded yes.....they are aggressive.....she is determined. They got her standing again! Her neck and shoulders are very tight.....but they told her to try and raise her head while she was standing.....I was at the other end....she looked up at me.......WOW!

Sunday morning
From Andy
Several of us are going up today to visit with Melanie, and I can't wait to see her. I have missed her and Jeni. (Jeni is Mel's oldest sister and has stayed with her all the time she has been in Chicago, sleeping in a recliner)

Jeni said that yesterday afternoon, she and Melanie were at the computer, Melanie was able to use the mouse and scroll. Jeni was looking at the pictures of the kids that are posted on Jenny Hoke's website. Melanie was also looking at this website. It appeared to Jeni that she was reading things from the website, but not sure yet. Will have to ask questions today to see if she remembers being on the website, and if she was able to read. Every time I see her I see changes and improvements. Can't wait for today.

Everytime I receive an e-mail the news just keeps getting better. Mel has come so far in such a short time. She still has a long way to go as her left side is totally parylized and she can't talk, but to see where she was and where she has come is nothing more than a miracle. God has answered everyone's prayers and to Him be the glory!!!!

13 comments:

LadyDoc said...

So happy that the news continues to be good. Prayers from my classes will continue!

Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

Tears of joy swell in my eyes as I read this wonderful news! What a fighter she is ...
Thanks for keeping us updated Joan ... Mel & her family remain in my prayers!!

Anonymous said...

I am so glad to hear how well Melanie is doing. I hope her recovery continues apace.

Swedie

Susie said...

Tears of joy here in Lincoln as well.

retiredheather said...

Fantastic! Wonderful news.
Hugs
Heather

Carolen said...

I am trusting God that she will
have a full recovery.

Jill Haddad said...

WONDERFUL NEWS!!!!

Velta said...

You have me crying...I have not and will not stop the prayers for Mel and her family...I know that the Good Lord is with her :)

Gabriela said...

What wonderful news that Melanie is able to stand and is working the mouse. This is proof that she'll be back. Completely. Congratulations from Stafford, VA.

twinkletoe said...

That is so good of you to share Melanies progress with us. May she continue to improve - shes a fighter.

Barbara said...

This is such great news!! By her being able to use the computer she will be able to communicate until she can speak again

Keep up the good news!!
Barbara

Teresa said...

So happy for good progress. I will keep praying for her and your whole family.

Cheryl (aka CherylQuilts) said...

What a joy to hear this wonderful news from Chicago! Praise God...and continue to pray for you all!