*I think this post was origianlly done by the relief society in Sue's ward. I wanted to add it to this blog just in case any readers weren't aware of Sue's great progress:All of the prayers in Sue's behalf have been heard by our
Father in Heaven.It was a very happy day on Wednesday,
December 21st.Sue defied all the oddsLook at that smile on her face!She worked her tail off in therapy, so the Doctors decided shecould come home under the care of her ever
doting, wonderful husband Brad.He will be doing her therapy with her at home
for the next couple of weeks.
In the meantime they will wait for the swelling to subside the rest of the way. Then the doctors will be able to go in and replace the bone flap in her head.
Following that she will continue therapy for a few more months.We have witnessed a true miracle in our midst.From the doctors saying "not much hope", tobeing able to walk, talk and move in such a miraculously short time, reminds us that the power of the priesthood is real.
We are so blessed to have that knowledge
and power to bless our life's.It is an incredible day for Sue to get to be home and sleep in her own bed!It's the best Christmas present ever!*We ask that you still be respectful of her need to do therapy and rest.
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Sue has been so touched by the outpouring of love
and support from all of you.
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Yesterday Brad was walking the kids and me back to our car after we came to visit. Right before he left the room he said to Sue, "If you need anything, I'll be right back. Don't try to get out of bed by yourself." She replied that she'd wait. Right as Brad was coming back into the room he caught her trying to move on her own and helped her before she fell. She got a stern lecture from Brad and the nurses and they turned on a bed alarm to prevent any future mishaps. Luckily everything turned out ok, but I couldn't help but smile a little at this event - that's the spunky, independant woman we all know and it's fun to see that part of her personality come out.
Friday, December 16, 2011
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
How can there be redemption and resurrection
Unless there has been great sorrow?
And isn't the struggle
The real work in our lives?
- Mary Oliver
For all of us, each season of life is different and presents various challenges and lessons. The promise of the Christmas season is that sorrow can be turned to joy, struggle can provide strength, and rising is possible through the matchless life of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Monday, December 12, 2011
I wanted to share with my family something Peter said tonight. As I was doing the dinner dishes he was coloring at the kitchen table. He looked up, full of emotion and said, "Mom, if I think about you being in the hospital and having your brain hurt like Nana's it makes we want to cry really hard like you do sometimes for Nana."
I was so touched at the empathy that his little 6 year old heart was capable of. I know my kids have been worried as I have burst into tears when a friend shows up at my door to check on me. Or, poor Rinda (8) who was in my bed the night of mom's injury, my husband McKay half way around the world in India. She woke up several times that night to my sobbing and vocal pleading with Heavenly Father as I waited for texts and phone calls to come- holding my hand. These, added to the tender prayers and fasting from my older two kids has really shown me the great capacity of faith, understanding, and compassion that we are to learn from children and ultimately aspire to.
My mom's grand-kids adore her, for sure. I am certain that their great desire for her recovery has been felt in heaven and surely been an underlying motivator for mom to improve and heal.
Looking forward to our next Skype session & much love from New Jersey, Nana!
Thoughts from Matt & Heidi's kids...
When Nana first went to the hospital I fasted for her and prayed. I felt good because I was doing a nice thing. It strengthened my testimony of fasting and praying because it was hard to do but I knew I was doing the right thing.
-Bradley Green, age 12
When I first found out that Nana had an aneurism, I got really worried. To help her get better I prayed, fasted and constantly thought of her. When I prayed and fasted I felt the spirit and knew that even if she went to heaven she would be comforted. When I found out she was improving I felt like celebrating. To cheer her up, I made her a poster in my spare time. Anybody who visits Nana is welcome to sign it. I love my Nana very much and I hope she feels better soon.
-Lauren Green, age 10
I prayed to Heavenly Father. I just love how she can talk now. I am gonna give her a book and I made it. I’m glad that she is feeling better. The best thing of all is she is the best person I know.
-Will Green, age 6
I love Heavenly Father and Nana. I pray for Nana every day.
-Owen Green, age 3
Sunday, December 11, 2011
I know this girl pretty well and now she is focused in on what she wants (getting well ) we all have two options. Help or get out of the way.
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
For the fist time today even doctors and nurses used the 'miracle' word.
She did physical and speech therapy. With assistance she walked 75 ft.
She is on normal diet and eating really well.
She is speaking unexpectedly well which her early prognosis indicated that this would be very unlikely. I am so grateful for this. What would life be without that sharp tongue of Sues.
She is worried about her Book of Mormon class ladies. Terry Salmon / friend ,family ,relief society president came and visited with her. They talked and put her mind at rest. For now.
Krischelle got in town from Phoenix and brightened sue up.
Seems like she really does her best when those she loves are in the room. She wants us all to feel good about all this.
What incredible care she is receiving. We are so thankfully to all their exceptional skills and talents but more importantly for their genuine kindness and personal interaction. What I'm trying to say is that we love them for loving us.
There has never been a time when sue has been without one of her children (this includes Sue's daughter in laws) in her room 24/7. Usually there are more than one and sometimes they are all packed into her room until the hospital staff raises an eyebrow at us for bending the rules.
Another day of Sue defeating the odds. What a tough cookie.
Monday, December 5, 2011
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Yesterday Mom asked for water among a few other things she needed. It is such a thrill to hear her quiet voice say anything! She even asked me how long until I have to go home.
A definite highlight was when we saw her personality come out in a little sarcasm.
She has done well answering many questions to see if she knows her name and where she is.
The nights are rough as she tries to pull at the many tubes and wires she's connected to or scratches at the staples in her head.
Dad is, as I'm sure you'd imagine, a valiant protector of all that is good for mom. From turning away visitors to choosing music for her to listen to, he has not left her side. His love for her has never been more evident.
He is draws strength from the well wishes by text, email, or on this blog. Knowing of the prayers offered for our family has really touched him, and all of us.
We love you MommaJo.
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Sue is getting great care from an incredible staff of doctors and nurses and technicians working on her what seems to be nearly non stop. We are so grateful to all the professionals working for her recovery. The University of Utah Medical Center has a tremendous reputation and they deserve all of it.
It has been so humbling to receive so many well wishes and offers of prayers and fasting in our behalf. We want everyone of our treasured friends and wonderful priesthood leaders to know that those prayers and the fasts have yielded miracles in Sue's life and in the lives of our family. Our family has an incredible peace and assurance that wherever we may be heading in terms of Sue's recovery that the Lord will bless us with everything we need when we need it. We are also grateful for all the expressions of love and offers of assistance that we have received. Honestly it is overwhelming and warming to know how loved Sue is. Please know that Sue and I love you all right back.
Please continue to keep Sue in your prayers.