Sunday, October 26, 2008

Tonsillectomy Day 7 - 10/26/08

The morning started out rough, the same as yesterday - an extreme amount of pain, close to tears. Her ears seem to be hurting worse, but her throat's starting to hurt a little less. She slept or rested on the couch until late this afternoon, when she finally asked for some alphabet vegetable soup (or "can-o-happiness" as Matthew called it) to eat. Of course she didn't eat much, but she ate something. She's sitting up, and on the laptop right now. And I've seen a smile or two this evening. The little things are big these days. We need to find the good in whatever hand we've been dealt and learn to accept, adapt, and make the best of it. This past year has been a huge lifestyle change for us. Today Jessica said she was "wishing she could go somewhere besides her house." Most of this year has been spent inside our house, not getting out much. But we're adapting. When all she can do is go out in the backyard, the dogs and the sunshine are a great spirit lifter. When all she can do is lay on the couch inside, the bunny rabbit does the same and is a great companion. We accept and make the best of what we have. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade! Or a can-o-happiness.

We heard the best sound in the world tonight - Jessica's laughter! One of the highlights of our day was when Jessica rang her bell (to call me in when she needs something) to show me that she'd found the letters and spelled out her name in her alphabet soup!

Appreciate the little things...


Sue Jackson said...

I'm so sorry to hear how much Jessica suffered over the weekend. Reading your words about being stuck inside the house so much this year really hit me - it reminds me of what we went through ourselves a few years ago, when all 3 of us were in such bad shape. And look how well we're all doing now! Things WILL get better. Two of my favorite sayings when things are rough:

You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.

Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day that says, "I will try again tomorrow."

And I loved Jessica's personalized soup!!

Hope today is a bit better.


Renee said...

I am so glad to hear that Jessica is laughing and making her soup eating ~ fun! So glad to hear she is healing ~ even if it is one baby step at a time.

Us said...

Thank you so much for the encouragement. And, Sue, I love the sayings! That's great!