Sorry about not posting yesterday. Our power went out and so no internet.
This new phase as I have said before means alot more work, and more independence for Lara. She is having to learn to do things for herself without help. Not just how to do it, but that she can. Washing your armpit one handed is kinda tricky. I know you're wondering how now that I have planted that visual. Lara has learned to take the wet wash cloth and fling out, catch it with her armpit, and drag it through. Who would have thought that up. Good thing Lara is here to learn stuff like that. I'm not that creative!
With the weather we had yesterday and getting worse into the night, (for those not in our area we had snow and ice and extreme low temperatures), it was a hard decision, but what a perfect opportunity for Lara to stay the night by herself.
During the day they did what they call a "light version" of her therapies. She had breakfast at 8 am, 8:45 speech therapy, 9:30 occupational therapy, 10:15 recreational therapy, 11:00 physical therapy, 12 lunch, 1:00 speech therapy, 1:45 physical therapy, 4:00 occupational therapy, 6:00 dinner. Now in between all of that are her meds, her breathing treatments, her doctor assessments, etc. So a very busy day. I think the proudest moment was during her second session of pt. She was so exhausted. Her therapist at one point asked her, "Are you getting tired Lara?" "Yeah..." "Do you want to lay down or do you want to keep working?" It takes Lara so long to answer the therapist adds, "I won't always give you that option, but since today is your first day if you want to lay down you can, or you can keep working. Which do you want to do?" "I want to keep working." Awesome. That right there is what is going to get her farther. So proud of her.
Last night was her first night without someone from the family staying with her. Not sure it was as hard on her as it was on all of us. With this weather and the road conditions, no one knew if we would be able to make it to the hospital in the morning. Definitely proud of her.
As I have said before Lara is much more aware of her situation. Heart wrenching moment of the day? She asked mom, "Mom, was there anything I could have done to prevent this from happening?" Mom reassured her, "Oh no Lara, this was nothing that you did or didn't do." Lara tearfully says, "It's just not fair. I try to be a good person and do what's right." Yeah, a little choked up on that one.
Praying that God can give her the peace in her heart and as she succeeds through each hurdle put before her she can realize God is with her and nothing can separate her from God's love. "If God is for us, who can ever be against us?" Romans 8:31.