Today I saw Sarah for the first time. I have seen Sarah almost every day for the last two weeks since the stroke but today I saw my first glimpse at the Sarah I know. She was alert today and awake for longer than two minutes. I had a little breather from all of the kids today and I knew I wanted to spend my time at the hospital. When I got there she was holding her phone with her left hand and she immediately glanced over at me. I came in and held her hand and she stared at me very intensely. It was good to see her life filled eyes.
While I was in there she was scrolling through her phone which took me by surprise. She was adjusting the volume for her vidoes, scrolling through pictures and then she used her thumb and clicked on her texts. She scrolled through them, pushing on individual texts from people. Her dad and I were standing next to her and I started quizzing her. I would say, "Sarah can you find the text from Greg?" and she would click on Greg's text. I would say, "Sarah can you find the text from Pamela?" and she would click on the text from Pamela. We were all shocked! She was reading! After she showed us she could do that she clicked on the phone icon to call someone on her phone. I said "are you going to call someone?" and she started scrolling through her contacts. She got to "mom" on her contacts and clicked her mom's name and automatically put the phone to her ear with her left hand (which is the only arm and hand she is moving at this point) and listened intently. I texted the family and told them what was happening and Greg asked me to see if she would call him to listen to Will talk to her. I scrolled to the "g's" on the phone and told her to call greg and she scrolled to greg's name and clicked on his name to dial his number. She took the phone to her ear and listened to Greg and Will talk to her for over 5 minutes. She listened intently and was wide eyed and I saw her half smile over and over during those few minutes of Will talking to her.
I can't tell you happy I've been all day. Sure, it's still going to be a long road, but so many things show so much hope in her recovery today. It was a huge day today. I am so beyond proud of this girl and see her fighting through the odds to come back to us.
God is good, He is showing his mighty power and glory through this girl. So thankful for hope today, so thankful for the extra rejuvenation I got today through seeing her progression. Proud of you Sarah Henry!
Prayers for continued healing. Prayers for the kids to have a first smooth week of school next week and for strength for all of us. Prayers for discernment for everyone involved in the decisions for her long term rehab. Prayers for the kids to adjust to the absence of their mama.
Personally I'm super homesick tonight and missing my boys. Praying for continued endurance through the coming weeks. Ya'll are amazing! keep up the prayers!