Today we got there a little earlier than usual. There was a food tray in her room, and it looked like they brought the food but there was no one there to feed her. I said good morning to her, and asked her if she knew who I was, and she said “Mama”. She was squirming around a lot on the bed, and was almost sideways, so I asked her if she was comfortable, and she said “No”. Then I asked her if she wanted me to fix her pillow and she said “Yes.” I told her to lift her head up so I could rearrange her pillow, and she did.
I got her as comfortable as I could, but the wiggling around she had done had brought her sheet down and she was showing her hiney to the world. I told her I needed to cover her up because she was showing her butt to Daddy Jim, and she sort of laughed, which made me laugh. She started the squirming again, so I asked her if she wanted some applesauce. She said “No”, but the nurse came in just then and said she wasn’t supposed to have that food tray, they brought it by mistake.
She had been rubbing her face with her right hand, which the hospital staff had put a glove on so she wouldn’t scratch herself, so I asked Emily if she wanted me to wash her face. She shook her head yes. I got a washcloth, and started washing her face. I asked her if she wanted me to stop, and she shook her head No. Then I told her to raise her head so I could wash under her chin, and she did. I asked her again if she wanted me to stop, and she said no, so I continued wiping her down with the cool cloth.
The nurse came in again and we had to leave the room for a minute while she did some things. When we came back in, Emily was wearing her new helmet. I told her she looked beautiful in her new hat. She started moving her lips trying to say something to me, and I asked what she wanted. She said “I love you Mama”. I just about cried! Then she was moving her lips again, and I asked again what she wanted and she said “Applesauce” I had to tell her she couldn’t have it, but the nurse said we could swab her mouth. She seemed to like that.
All of this sounds so insignificant, but to me is is wonderful and shows how much she has improved since yesterday. Again, thank you all so much for your continued prayers and concern. We appreciate it so very much.
You can send cards and letters to her at this address: (she can not receive flowers, candy, fruit, or anything like that, only cards)
Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center
Grady Memorial Hospital – 8th Floor
80 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive SE
Atlanta, GA 30303