Wendy and Nomi have been here in Charlotte since June 20. I’ve been coming on the weekends. Since then we have grown close to more nurses, talked to more doctors, and helped little Nomi in rehab many hours. I have not updated much simply because when I’m here, I’m trying to engage Naomi, getting her to reach for this or that toy, play with this or that ball, taking her on walks, etc. She wants to leave her room as soon as she wakes. She is doing great… re-gaining her balance and strength, and trying to talk (vocalizing much more). Wendy told me that Naomi even makes herself laugh while trying to talk when she goes to sleep! Today, July 8, she ate, by mouth, her first meal in 7 weeks. Mashed ‘taters with gravy and roast beef. Purée. Topped off with strawberry yogurt and sweet tea. Had to check myself just there. A little awed and teary eyed. She can identify a flash card correctly; an apple or a horse? A duck or an airplane? We know her memory is intact because she has not had the chance to learn what an apple, airplane, duck, or anything else is while here. Vision is go. She can identify people from across the room. Hearing is go. The therapists have all said they are impressed with the speed of recovery, and they understand why she has come this far this fast. Watching the big race in “Secretariat” the owner of the losing horse says “That’s impossible”… We know that Naomi feels like Secretariat in that race… running away with the impossible, straight into the life that God has planned for her.
She plays. She smiles. She laughs out loud…. She’s almost home.