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!
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!!!!