February 17, 2012
It’s so hard to believe this all began three weeks ago today. We are choosing to look forward and focus on ALL the progress Elaine has made. Today was a bit of an emotional one for Elaine. She has been in a hospital for three weeks now, confined to a very small space and subject to days of or repeating her name, birthdate, where she is and why. It’s enough to make us crazy, and we aren’t even patients. We have firmed up her departure date. It is definitely February 22nd! They asked if she wanted to stay another week and without the slightest hesitation, she said she has done her time!
We spent a lot of the day today reminding her that, first and foremost, we are so thankful that she is alive and that she is of sound mind. This situation absolutely sucks, but it will get better. Her incredible strength and determination combined with her love and support from family, friends, and most importantly, God will get her through this. She makes noticeable improvement every single day and everyday gets stronger. When she enters the therapy room she is the patient with whom all of the trainers want to work, and they all yell suggestions and words of encouragement across the room.
Elaine talked to her dear friend Dana today. Dana has been through more than her share of health problems over the last year during her battle with leukemia. She told Elaine to get rid of the negative thoughts and keep fighting like she does. She said her dream is to get strong enough so that she can get on a plane and come and visit Elaine. Dana, we love you and pray for you nightly. We can’t wait for you both to be healthy again soon!
We explained to her that we have never been more proud of her in our entire lives, and that if the situation were reversed, she would be doing the exact same thing for us - although I’m not sure we have her strength! We don’t use the term hero lightly, but we are absolutely convinced that her efforts and attitude are truly heroic.
There aren’t words to say how much we love Elaine or how inspirational she is to us. Fred also deserves a ton of credit as he has not only displayed his unconditional love but also given her strength and encouragement when she needs it. He believes in her, and not only tells her but shows her. Today when she needed to use the restroom, typically we wheel her in. Today he made her take his hand then he ever so carefully and confidently had her walk there with him. She could do it and it was because of her will and because he encouraged and believed in her. It was awesome!
We are looking forward to this being our last weekend in the hospital. Elaine is doing tremendously well. We hope you enjoy your weekend and thank you for taking the time to read this and keep her in your thoughts and prayers!
We absolutely believe that Elaine will make a full recovery from this. As the saying goes, “what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger. “ Elaine, we love you, support you and believe in you!