I have heard people say, when considering adoption, that they just aren't sure they could love an adopted child as much as they love their biological one. Well, I can tell you from personal experience, that you do. You love that adopted child with every fiber of your being and when you watch them sleep in their hospital bed, that love brings you to tears.
Sometimes this journey is hard, but there is not a second that passes when Maggie is not worth the sacrifices we have made to be here. I am reminded all throughout the day how blessed we are to be her parents and my love for her leaves me again today in a state of thankfulness.
Here is an update from yesterday:
- Maggie was more alert today and did not have any major seizure episodes. She had a few moments where she would appear to lose focus and freeze but I cannot say with certainty that those were more seizures. The attending ICU physician ordered a CT and an EEG today. The CT thankfully came back fine and the EEG had some irregularities but the physician felt they could be explained by her surgery and presence in the ICU. The Neuro team did increase her seizure medication dose and I feel good about that solution.
- Maggie's lungs are continuing to drain. They cannot remove her chest tubes until the drainage is complete. I hear that the chest tubes are painful and their removal will make her feel much better. So we can pray for that to be soon.
- We are expecting to be moved to the floor tomorrow. This will be a great step in the right direction.
- We were supposed to get her up walking yestoday but she was unable to even sit on the side of the bed. You can pray for her to regain strength.
- We had a couple sweet moments where she sat in my lap or let me paint her toe nails. We have not seen any smiles and she doesn't say much. I am looking forward to more steps in the right direction there.