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Wednesday, May 7, 2008

The Day After...yesterday.

Well, Day two is almost gone. We have made some progress. She is off the Morphine and is taking pain medicine orally. This is good progress. The morphine made her groggy, sad, and irritable. Now, they are giving her a mix of Tylenol and Codeine. She has to deal with a bit more pain, but her personality is back and she can communicate with us a bit better. We are very excited to have our little Rachel back.
She has been very scared to move and has fought the idea of getting out of bed. We have had to change her cloths, sheets, and other messy things throughout our stay, and it has been very painful for her to move. So, the idea of getting up was not very high on her list. At about 3 pm we finally talked her into letting me put her in a wagon and go for a walk. We think it did her a lot of good even though she was ready to get back to her room. Also, she finally had a good meal for dinner and seemed a bit happier. And, again, Crystal, thanks so much for all the great movies for her. They have been a life saver.
Speaking of life savers, Grandma and Grandpa Dillon have kept all our boys since Monday night. Those of you who know, this is quite a task. Marty has babysat our boys so much for us in the last few days, and we are so so grateful. Being able to focus and concentrate on just Rachel right now is such a huge help. We are so grateful. We seem to be going through so much, but behind all this, she make things much easier.



Here is a shot of her PINK cast. When the nurses gave her her Codeine, she would get a really hot fever and then sweat it out a few minutes later. That is why she has the cloth on her head to try to keep her cool. I told her to say "cheese" and smile. This is the best she could get out. Pretty impressive I think.





This is shortly right after I got her into the wagon. This really stressed Rachel out. Once we got her in and settled, she seemed to kind of enjoy the ride.





Right here, a neat ol' guy was in the lobby right by our room and he was singing songs for the little ones. We were the only ones in the lobby for a while, so he was singing just for Rachel. He sang a lot of songs and changed the words and put her name in a lot of the songs. She finally cracked a little smile for us. It was neat.

Dave, Diane, CharRee, Taylor and, Cooper came in and visited Rachel. We were in the play room when they got there. They came with presents, candy, a giant Cinderella balloon, and fun party hats. Rachel would not eat much, but all the sudden, she had all kinds of candy and she was ready eat. Go figure? Anyway, thanks so much. She loved it. Even though she didn't seem too excited at the time, (due to the drugs) she was very happy to get all the fun stuff.

Here is one of the pics of her presents. She was trying to smile, but she just couldn't get one out yet. In a day or so she'll be super happy again.

I am so proud of Rachel. The trauma that her little body has been through is something that I don't like to think about. She is so great. To see her go through this breaks my heart, but it also shows me how strong her little spirit is. The few days leading to her operation she asked me several times for a blessing. I gave her a blessing Monday night. I have seen the "tender mercies" of our Savior as I watch Rachel through this experience. I know He has been close to her through the influence of the Spirit. He has comforted her and us and I am so grateful. We are very grateful for all the prayers on her part and for us. We have literally felt the effects.

11 comments:

Brielle said...

I am glad each day has gotten a little better. It is so hard to watch our children go through pain but they usually show us how strong they really are. She and you guys have been in our prayers. I hope recovery will continue to go well and the surgery will have been a success.

amy said...

Rachel, what is it with surgeries and our family lately? Grandpa Dillon, then me, and now you. You are beautiful especially in pink and we can't wait to see you tomorrow and bring Grandma Jones to your house. Yahoo! We are ready to celebrate your birthday in a few days. What a memorable 5th! Love, love ,love...

Gooches said...

I'm glad that she is doing better!

Gooches said...

I'm glad that she is doing better!

JakenDebbie said...

I'm so glad that the surgery went well. It's amazing how tough kids can be...the picture where Dana is giving Rachel a drink just kills me...I feel your pain, Dana!! I wish I could be there to give you a hug!! Love you!

Becky Jones said...

Thinking of you guys!

Nichole Jolene said...

hi rachel! your neighbors to the east are praying for you and will bring you fun things when it's a little calmer and you're feeling better. love you~be strong

Joe and Amy said...

No one is stronger than you Dana. End of story. mmmmmwwwhhhhaaaahhh!

Ruth said...

she looks like such a little trooper. our prayers are with y'all

David and Tia Palmer said...

So glad things are going well. What a little sweetie! Our thoughts and prayers are with you guys. Dana-so much fun to spend time with you again. Yeah for women's conference, banana clips, invisible dorm friends, and US!

Amber and Co. said...

I'm glad Rachel is doing so good! I can't imagine how hard it must be to see your little child have to go through so much pain. I really hope and pray her bones will heal correctly and she will not be in pain anymore.