I left the hospital to spend time with our girls today and came back to see red pigment on Jenny’s bandages by her trache. I feared some sort of bleeding, but Missy told me that Jenny had a popsicle today! Jenny was soooo happy about it that she had a huge grin. Missy tells me that Jenny was not able to open her mouth without assistance on the first 2 bites, but did not require help for the rest. The true test was to see if any red popsicle fluid came up with suctioning of her airway- which there was NONE all day! She is swallowing and doing quite well at it. They plan on starting ice and water where they use blue water to see if any comes up with the suctioning. If the blue water test works out, that is a step closer to possible elimination of the tracheostomy, begining some eating, and possible speech-but we will take it a step at a time.
On Thursday, we meet with the assistive technology people for use of communication devices and wheel chairs. That means we are getting that much closer to Jenny coming home! She still feels a lot of discomfort, but her pneumonia looks like it cleared and the fever is down. Zach read to his mom today for school homework. He was cute as he asked Jenny questions and showed pages and told her to blink if she thought certain things. Jenny had a smile on her face and a laugh every now and then as he did this. This was a good day.