Our Ava is coming back to us. Today, Ava smiled for the first time since Sunday.
She had her first meal (French fries!) and we went on a brief stroller ride outside, using a bed sheet to protect her face from the sun. She sat up and used her left hand to remove several items from a box and was just as chatty as could be!
Prayers have been answered. I am nervous to tell you this because I can hardly process it myself. There is not one place that will consider Ava as a patient for nerve transplants and other similar work….THERE ARE TWO!!!! In fact, Joe has us an appointment at Mayo to work with their team of experts from June 1-3. We were unable to schedule but our trauma surgeon assures us that he has contacted Washington University in St. Louis and they are also interested in consulting with us. Ava needs to heal for a month, then we will do an initial visit, and consider surgery at 3 months. She will never again know fine skills in her right hand yet even if she had some function, we are optimistic that would go a long way as far as ability, comfort, and safety.
Joe has begun eating again. My exhaustion is at a workable level. The huge dark cloud that hung over us last night has been whisked away. Best of all, our Ava is smiling again. God has wrapped His arms around our precious girl and we give Him all the glory. Thank you.