*DAY +56 POST TRANSPLANT & 63 STRAIGHT DAYS IN THE HOSPITAL*
I came back to the hospital on Tuesday after a much needed break at home and a quick weekend getaway with Aaron (something we absolutely needed much more than we realized), and our little Hazelnut has made some huge strides! She has been saying words and even took a few steps! When she walked yesterday, she was so proud of herself and started smiling halfway through. She walked back and forth from the couch the the bed about three or four time and that tired her out for the rest of the day and after seemed to shut down. When she woke up this morning, she still seemed to be in a bad mood and quite tired, so we didn't push her at all. But then, as we watched the movie "Brave", she started laughing and perked right up. After this mood change things started happening! She spent the whole afternoon and evening saying so many different words (mostly just one at a time, but a few two-word phrases), smiling and giggling, and answering simple questions! She would also complete song lyrics by filling in words. For example, I would sing "Twinkle, twinkle, little:" and she would say "star"! While watching her favorite movie "Tangled" she would say words just before a line was spoken. And, most preciously, she said "AMEN" after we finished praying before bedtime! She hasn't done any of this in weeks, and today I felt like we had the small first glimpse of our little Hazelnut, so I am absolutely elated! THANK YOU GOD FOR GIVING US A MIRACLE!!!
Another wonderful thing that happened today was that we were moved out of the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit to the regular Oncology Unit. This means Hazel is out of isolation and we can get her out and about. I know this will do wonders for her! It also means I don't have to leave the room every time I need to use the restroom or eat; I don't have to wear blue shoe covers at all times; and I can see more of my family while here at the hospital. So this is great news for me as well.
Hazel still has quite a bit of recovery ahead of her, and tomorrow she will be evaluated by the rehabilitation team to determine if she will need be moved upstairs for inpatient rehab, and for how long. Please pray that if she needs it, it will only be for a short while, and that God will aid her little body in a speedy recovery so we can get home! Physically, her body is showing small improvements every day and we are so much more hopeful that it is being healed the way that it needs to be, so it is clear to us that God has been hearing all of our cries!