It has been nearly 2 weeks since the accident and a week since we’ve come home. How are we hanging in? Well, it is a mixed bag.
Ava is running around at such a speed that I would almost classify it as reckless. We are sprinting around here to try to make sure she isn’t dancing on the stairs or playing dress up with hats blinding her as she runs around. Even with my attempts to keep her safe, she fell Wedneday night (she was just inches out of arm’s reach) and needed to go back to the ER for stitches under her chin. I guess Joe and I have been given a lot of perspective lately because it really doesn’t seem like nearly the crisis it would have earlier in our lives.
People who have played with Ava ask me if she has always been left-handed. No, she hasn’t….she is just that determined to do everything she used to enjoy before the accident. She hates showers now and used to love them. She despises any sort of talk of the accident and stretches or movement with her arm. However, she is still the same charming Ava and I cherish every moment with her regardless of her attitude.
A few small notes: on Tuesday, she had stitches removed (Doctor said her skin looked great and to wear floppy sun hats and SPF 1000 for 9 months), her eyes dilated (no damage found just a routine update), and blood drawn. She was quite feisty with those lab techs! We have a new shoulder-immobilizing brace for her and just had her measured for a nicer hand splint. Three times a week, we are doing occupational therapy to develop her left-handed skills and physical therapy to maintain some joint mobility and reduce swelling. They are both conveniently located here in Worthington.
We have been on our phones a lot trying to line things up for some consultations with Ava for nerve grafts and nerve transplants. I wish I knew exactly what the plan is and that I could share it with you, but it all seems so cutting-edge that there isn’t a clear answer. From what I can tell, each situation is so unique that there is no expected response. It appears like the chance of getting any finger dexterity back is minimal. However, it would be huge if she were able to regain elbow extension, and it looks like that happens in some cases. From what we’ve heard and read, it seems likely that surgery would take place at about the 3- month mark, so late July.
As for the rest of the family, life is as busy as ever. Vince finished up his state project, and I now know more about Washington than I ever really knew I would want to.
Emotionally, some times are better than others. When we are really busy, sometimes it honestly seems like nothing has changed. I cry often when I see her battling through something that used to be simple. Usually, Joe seems ready to handle the situation when I can’t. I always cry when I read people’s comments and stories, or notice how many people have watched a video of Ava crawling through a tunnel. At night after the kids go to bed, I open up cards and pour my heart to the Lord. Those are the hardest times for sure.
Joe and I have always been blessed with a marriage that contains very little arguing or anything like that. I think that is likely just foresight on God’s part, knowing there would need to be a strong foundation so that our family could carry on. We are both trying hard to resist any sort of “if only” thinking. That second-guessing of the Lord’s plan is not productive, and certainly doesn’t help Ava.
I am still begging you to pray for all of us. For continued steadiness in our marriage. For all our other children to be understanding of the situation. Mostly though, just pray for Ava. That she stays so determined. That she will blow the doctors away with her healing. That she stays safe! I can’t begin to thank each one of you enough.