Marla’s right eye is continuing to heal and improve from her October 3rd corrective
surgery at Presbyterian-St. Luke’s to help compensate for the loss of eye
muscle control that resulted from the cranial nerve damage experienced
in the accident. For the first few weeks following the surgery, Marla had
little control over her right eye, and it wandered, causing dizziness and
disorientation. As she has healed and her motor control has returned,
her eye alignment has improved. She still experiences some double-
vision, but her dizziness and disorientation are gone. Her eye is slowly
adjusting and returning to a more natural position, and hopefully her
double-vision will be eliminated. This process may take several more
months. However, Marla’s physicians seem encouraged by her progress.
Marla’s speech continues to improve incrementally. She surprises Mary
and Leo from time to time by combining new words into a sentence!
This is always exciting because her speech still primarily flows 2-3 words
at a time.
Marla has enjoyed the autumn so far, with a visit to the Ocean Journey
aquarium in early October. And pumpkin carving, of course, with friends
Missy and Steffie on Halloween. On November 13th, Marla and Leo
dropped in at Malley Drive Elementary School, the School at which
Marla first taught, for a surprise visit. She really enjoyed hugs and
laughs with her many good friends and fellow teachers there, and
basked in their warm welcome.
Marla, Mary, and Leo are returning to Glenwood Springs for
Thanksgiving, and plan to stay at Leo and Mary’s home there
through the holidays until the New Year.
Thanks for checking in on Marla’s progress! We encourage you to
stop in the Messages section to say hi, and also to visit the
Photo Gallery for recent pictures! We would like to offer our
sincere thanks to everyone’s support–we have so much to be
thankful for in this holiday season. Warmest wishes to all for
a season filled with love, joy, and wonder, and the company
of family and friends.