Friday, March 31, 2006

Full day at home, Retinal inflammation gone

Denise has been home for one day now and things are still going well. We're all enjoying having mommy home. More good news came from the appointment with the retinologist. The inflammation that was there a month or two ago is gone now. The inflammation either signified old damage that's healing or new damage that's getting worse. Since only scars remain and the inflammation is gone, that is a positive sign. Denise's eyesight still has a big black hole in the field of vision in the left eye, but the right eye is good. The retinologist also said that the retina is in a sense a window into what's going on in the brain (oversimplified, but we're glad to hear it). The next big appointment that we're concerned about is the ID appointment next Tuesday.
Jacob is learning how to talk by leaps & bounds, but is having some difficulty getting his sounds correct. The live-in caregiver goes by "Coco" but Jacob keeps calling her "Dodo." We're working on that. Meanwhile, Gracie has for some reason started calling us "Father," "Mother," and "Brother." It sounds a little too proper to come out of my kid's mouth. Perhaps some of the formality is rubbing off on Gracie from the caregiver. She has a British accent. Yup. Can you believe it? We have someone with a British accent living with us to assist us. That makes us feel so... well-to-do. Finally, Denise actually went shopping today. No, not TV shopping. She got to go to Target and pick up a couple of things. I think it's the first time that my wife's set foot in a store since last summer. It was nice while it lasted. ;O)


Blogger Dave said...

"She's home" written in joy rather than fear -- this news is so good to read. Continued blessings to you as you get used to the new "normal."

Phil, as you ramp down the blogging, please consider having someone compile an e-mail list so that you can shoot us all updates on a less regular basis. Now that we've come this far with you, we're going to miss hearing the good news of progress as well as your reluctant pleas for assistance that we can act upon. You have an army of people out here who still want to help!

In any event, enjoy being a family under the same roof again.

April 01, 2006 12:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glory to God!

April 01, 2006 12:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Phil, I'm so glad Denise is back home & things seem to be stable. Hopefully more and more improvements will be forthcoming. Praise to God for this good news!


April 01, 2006 4:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so glad that Denise is home, praise God!!! If it is of any help I thought I would tell you that we our little girl was 4yrs old she started calling as mother and father. It lasted about 6 months. Although it just about drove me crazy, most people said how cute and grown up she sounded.
I felt the same as you it is way to formal for a 4yr old. I will continue to pray for your family.
Love from Coalinga

April 01, 2006 8:48 PM  

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