As I said in my previous post Dave was much better today, the speech people came in and he showed excellent improvement in swallowing so they went ahead and are allowing him to have thin liquids and very soft foods, he was so happy to hear it and instantly wanted a soda, he didn't care what kind, he was just craving a soda. Doug and the kids left around 2pm and I was sad to see them go, it was nice having them around all weekend, but the Lord will give us all the strength to get through this, I know. When I went in to see Dave for the last visit of the day, they had him set up and dangle his feet they also had him stand up straight. While he was doing this he asked the nurse if he could try and take a few steps and he did! He went forward and backward a couple of times before getting too tired. That was great progress for the day and we were all excited about that. The doctors did confirm that David had a very minor stroke, but they expect 100% recovery.
Dave got MANY cards again today we thank you for that! He also got a fair amount of packages as well, one from his friend Amanda that had a sweet card and little bear in it. Grandma Vicky sent a set of Far Side books that he is looking forward to reading once he gets out of the ICU and Michelle J- thank you so much for all the wonderful goodies you sent to not only Dave but to all of us! The kids loved all of it and so did I! You and Lauren are toooo sweet to us!
He had some special visitors today, Kevin Boesler drove down and spent a good deal of time alone with David and I am really glad they did. David needed to hear from someone else that God is by his side during this time and Kevin has always given Dave the strength he has needed. After that my brother Ricky drove down to spend some time by his side, and that was a visit that really lifted David's spirit. He and Rick are very close and it was so special to me that Rick took the time to come and do that today, I know it really made Dave's day. He was pretty tired out when I left him and he was quickly fading into a drug induced sleep. He ate a little and drank a fair amount today, which leads me to believe tomorrow will be even better!
As for me, I had to do laundry for myself when I came back to the hotel room, alas these chores that still have to be done during all of this. I was never so happy as to see the leftover pizza that Lacey, Lora, and I shared on Saturday night. It really hit the spot! I am now going to get ready to turn the laundry to the dryer, pour me a big glass of wonderful red wine (more leftovers from Sat night) and finally relax with the TV after these very emotional few days. Isn't it amazing how God takes us off the roller coaster and gives you the quiet just when you need it the most? That is how I feel right now, the ride has paused for a moment and I am catching my breath before I get back on.