It is pretty amazing what the human body can do, I tell you! The other night Dave and I lay in bed we were marveling that you can take a girl, open her back, heave bones and ribs and muscles and nerves into the right spot, put rods and screws in there as well as shaving off part of the bone, close that back back up, and the person can stand up and declare it’s time to organize their room a couple weeks later.
Lucy is amazing.
And so is the power of love:
Siblings and friends and family. And even people who don’t know her from the blog 🙂
And the power of the human body.
And the power of Lucy’s spitfire personality (yes, LOTS of that 🙂
We came home from the hospital exactly three weeks ago from tomorrow and it has been a journey over here. We have felt the prayers and love spilling in from so many…(thank you for all the love from the blog!)
Our neighbors had heart-attacked our front door:
And friends (and sisters) had filled her room with posters, notes and gifts (talked about that back HERE).
She is so lucky she had sisters to nurse her and love her up…
And an awesome Dad who always knows how to cheer that girls up (ok, well, MOST of the time at least!)
One day shortly after she arrived home her friends arranged to come by one by one every hour to visit and love her up:
Seriously how incredibly sweet is that??
Check out that poster up above on the bottom left…so many pictures of those two growing up…it deserves a bigger picture…I’ll come back and add that later because it’s the sweetest.
More hearts attached to the front door:
…and LOTS of Harry Potter.
Loved her “surgery notes:”
(I am adding those a month or so after I posted this post so we can have them for the record.)
Within a couple days she was ready to sit at the table for some games:
This is after she sat here the very first day home and scooted out and fell off one of those white chairs. Oh it was the worst, totally in slow motion in my brain, and we were pretty worried about her, but she bounced back pretty quickly thank goodness!
Snuggling is so precious with Lucy because she has to be in the right mood, but when she asks, you sure jump on it I tell you!
She was good enough to come join us on the back porch for Grace’s mission call opening:
(that is back HERE)
A couple-day-old braid, more visitors, more sweetness from friends:
When she felt good enough to ask to start doing a new Lego set her friend had given her, it was a battle but I’m so grateful she let me get her set up in the dining room (rather than trying to do it sitting all skiwampus in her bed). Boy that girl has a strong will! So it was extra rewarding to see her so happy in her element, finally doing what she loves so much once again!
Made it even better that Elle Belle was FaceTiming with her almost the whole time talking through the world of Harry Potter:
The doctor was pretty proud of her at her post-op check up:
And the day after that she decided it was time to clean out her room. I’m not sure a whole lot of spinal fusion patients who want to do that in less than two weeks after surgery!
…but she did have a lot to organize:) Check out all those sweet notes:
I know I have a picture of the posters all over her room too, I’ll have to come back and post that.
First scooter ride…
And we finished Harry Potter. WooHoo!
That means she has read the whole series in less than a couple months. Pretty impressive if you ask me. And I’m SO Happy I got to read so much of that last book with her because it sure is a good one, so filled with good and evil and the triumph of the goodness.
Now believe me, it has not been all rainbows and butterflies around here.
These pictures do not show the wailing and misery, and gnashing of teeth that have gone on. Nor how many times Lucy wished with all her heart she had never done this “impossible” thing.
Oh, there is still a lot of “chicken on that bone” as Dave would say. She is still walking slow and is wishing with all her heart to be able to jump and run and swim and be herself again.
But she is doing it.
And there sure is a lot of beauty in that!