Marla is becoming more aware each day, and is physically very active. Her
speech therapist has been monitoring her tongue and lip movements, as well as
her swallow reflex. She supervised Marla’s first taste of soft foods (pudding,
mashed potatoes). Marla was delighted to eat something. Her first words
were, “Ow, eye, no.” She has corneal abrasions on her left eye which
are very painful. Due to the nerve damage, her eyes do not blink or close
completely, causing dryness and irritation. This has interfered with her
therapies. On Tuesday, her eye was stitched shut to help it heal. We look
forward to increasing speech and attention span, and remain full of hope.
We wish to encourage everyone over 21 to assign a power of attorney. Young
people often mistakenly believe that they will be able to make decisions under
circumstances such as Marla’s. Also, please hug a health-care worker. Their
long hours, conscientiousness and genuine concern have been both reassuring and
strengthening to us. We continue to be grateful for the caring, concern and
encouragement from all of you.