Friday, November 13, 2009

Turning over a new leaf?

Yesterday, Annie had her best day ever since her brain injury. And I'm not exaggerating. Nurse Moira said she toddled up and down the hallways at school in her Kidwalk, yelled when she didn't get to play with another kid's toy--it was like someone put a different kid in Annie's body. Even Olivia commented while she played with her in the afternoon: "She's so alert!"

I attribute this improvement to increasing the VNS last Wednesday, and God answering our prayers. The VNS had been programmed to go off every 3 minutes, but the neuro nurse-practitioner adjusted it to go off every 2 minutes. That one increase has brought about a huge change in this little girl. Huge.

Now, lest I take a breath and celebrate, this morning Annie was a bit under the weather--not sure why...maybe the beginnings of a cold. But I will choose to ignore that--after I give her more hydrocortisone--and be thankful that the VNS is helping obliterate those awful seizures.


This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the LORD's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. Lamentations 3:21-23


Anonymous said...

Praise God!!! Do you think a VNS will help me be more alert? Lose weight? Be successful? Just wondering...! I hope this is a continuing trend! Looking forward to seeing you soon.


Gretchen said...

Yay God! Thanks for the update, Jean. So thrilled for you all, and will pray against any colds, etc.

Jean said...

Tanya--if I knew the VNS would help me lose weight, I would have had installed 6 months ago. But it does fight depression, so maybe I'll do it in February.

Gretchen--thanks for your prayers. FYI--God really does answer them!

Anonymous said...

Praise God for the improvement and I pray it continues. I miss your updates but I'm sure you are working hard on your book and it will be fabulous and an incredible testimony. All is well here in Boise. I continue to pray for Annie and all of you nightly. This is my first attempt in a long time to post becasue I could not get my post to show up, so lets hope this one does.... Take care - Lisa

uncle jeff said...

thanks for the progress, God...

all in Your time...

everything in Your time...

Jean said...

Thanks, Lisa--it means so much to me that you pray for us. I believe God will tell you what to pray for, and He will do it! XO--Jean

Jeff--He does make everything beautiful in its time.

Susan said...

Spending some time catching up with you all via this blog. I see I've missed a lot!

Sorry about the H1N1 visit to your household. That couldn't have been much fun!

What wonderful progress for Annie!! Praise God!! I hope she is feeling much better since your last post.

The picture of you and Annie is absolutely gorgeous!! You, a grandma? Nah....can't be!

Love you,

Lauren said...


I sense that you are one to be content in whatever your circumstances ; but hey, this is a time to rejoice, and I rejoice with you and your daughter!

He will bless those who fear the Lord,
The small together with the great.
May the Lord give you increase,
You and your children.
May you be blessed of the Lord,
Maker of heaven and earth.
-- Psalm 115:13-15

pam said...

looking forward to seeing you and Annie in clinic on Friday!