That is a direct quote from the surgeons today. They were grinning ear to ear when they saw Ava do her stuff! I was relieved, as well as excited, to see their reactions.
I have been wondering if the progress is really supposed to be this slow, and if the potential still exists to get lots of function. They erased all doubt.
Ava was all smiles all day. She cooperated and we had a fun day — just the two of us.
Her head doctor here in Cincinnati is retiring in August. We had figured going into this that there was no way he would stick around to see Ava through anyhow. His co-surgeon, Dr. Schwentger is super as well, so we feel we are still in good hands. I received a ton of great advice and feedback from the therapist. We go back in about 6 months, but it is up to us really.
Dr. Yakuboff stated in a very fatherly tone near the end of our 15-minute appointment that “this takes time. It requires patience.” I needed that.
I am also uplifted simply by spending time in a children’s hospital. Everybody has a story. Kids are resilient and they brighten my day.
Ava rarely is willing to pray but after her third round of juice and snack (3rd flight of the day) she announced, “I am going to pray now. Thank you God, for my appointment. The Lord is my strength. Amen.”
Gratitude and praise. That’s exactly what I was thinking.