Sunday, April 26, 2009

A New Kind of Therapy. . .

I like to call it. . .
Baby Therapy. . .


And, it does the heart good. Just look at Pop's face. . .


I tell you this kind of therapy is better than any medicine. . .


At least it is with this grandchild loving Pop!


I kept worrying that Erik Daniel might hurt Pop with all of his wiggling, but Pop insisted that he was fine. And, he wanted to be close to this sweet little boy. And, my little boy wanted to be close to his sweet Pop.

Here is my favorite picture of them. . .



Precious.

Now, don't you think that made him feel a little better?

I do.

As you can see, Erik, Erik Daniel, and I went to New Orleans for the weekend. And, it was an amazing trip for so many reasons!!! So, let me tell you why. . .

I think we were about 45 minutes from New Orleans when Erik received a call from a man who was assessing Mom for admittance into a long term acute care facility. He informed Erik that she had moved her toes on command for him.

What?????!!!!!!????

For the first time, my husband lit up with hope! She had responded to a verbal command. This was huge. HUGE.

We got a little further down the road ~ actually we were on that really long bridge that goes from Slidell to New Orleans ~ when Jason called. He and Erik had previously decided that we would meet at the Praline Connection to eat before Jason had to fly home. But, Jason was suggesting that we meet at the hospital instead. Erik was afraid that going to the hospital first would take too much time and that Jason would miss his flight. But, then, Jason explained. . .

Mom opened her eyes!!!!!!!

She looked at Jason and mouthed the words, "I love you," to him!!!!!!!

Erik said, "Okay, yes, then we will meet you at the hospital!"

It was a miracle weekend. She didn't open her eyes again that day, but the next morning she opened her eyes for Erik and mouthed his name. Unfortunately I wasn't with him!!!! But, later that night I got to see those brown eyes myself!!!!

We went to visit her, and Erik is ruthless, I tell you. He rubs her shoulder and talks loudly in her ear, "Mom, it is Erik. I love you. Erin is here with me. She wants to see your brown eyes. Show her your pretty brown eyes, Mama. Show them to her. Open your eyes, Mama. Open your eyes and look at Erin. She is standing right in front of you. She wants to see your pretty brown eyes. Hey! Hey! Hey, brown eyes, open your pretty brown eyes, Mama. We love you. We're praying for you. Now, open those pretty brown eyes and look at Erin." And, finally after the one millionth time he asked her, a little miracle happened, and she ever so slowly, as if her eyelids weighed a ton, with great concentration and inner strength, she opened up her pretty brown eyes and looked at me.

And, I couldn't help but cheer for her! "Good job, Mom. Good job! You did so good! Thank you for letting me see your eyes! You are so strong! You are getting better every day! Good job, Mom! I love you."

I can't tell you the pride that welled up in me when I saw her open her sweet eyes!!!

And, because I need to go to bed, I am going to come full circle and end this post. We went back to see her today. She is in a new hospital, and I didn't know the rules about babies. So, rather than ask, we just decided to take Erik Daniel and see what would happen.

No one said anything to us. We walked right by several staff members and into Mom's room.

Erik did his little number where he asks her over and over again to open her pretty brown eyes while he rubs her shoulder with gentle force. He told her that Erik Daniel was with us, so she should open those pretty brown eyes and look at him. Erik Daniel cooed and giggled in my arms. And, I knew she could hear him, and I know what those sounds do to me, and I prayed that they would have the same effect on her. After several minutes of trying so hard to open her eyes, she finally got them about halfway open. So, I held Erik Daniel like superman in the air, so he would be in her line of vision. After that she mouthed a sentence or two that we couldn't make out for sure, and then, once again, she drifted back into a peaceful sleeping state.

Baby Therapy.

It is a good thing, just ask Pop!

And, speaking of Pop I must throw this picture in. . .



Erik and I bought him this shirt because we think he is Superman, and we love him sooooooo much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

16 comments:

Christi said...

Oh, Erin! Such good news. I got chills reading this, this morning. And I DO believe in baby therapy, too!

Still praying...

Susan said...

Erin, what a blessed weekend for everyone! That is just the most wonderful thing I could have read on a Monday morning. I cannot wait to share this with all the people who have been praying for you guys!

Bev said...

Love this, love the photos. I know you just made his day, bringing a grandbaby to love on him for a bit. Medicine that can't be put in a bottle - continuing to pray for all of you guys.

Jill said...

This touched my heart so much. It is amazing what a little grandchild smile/giggle can do for a person.
I'm so thrilled for your family.
What an answer to prayer.

Barbie @ Mamaology said...

I've been praying for your precious family and this post is SO encouraging. I am crying while I type! God is good. May He continue to heal both Erik's parents:)

KathyO said...

Erin, I think you have a book hiding in you, behind the diapers!! So thankful to read your musing of the weekend in NOLA. Talked to yourfather-in-law at Dr. Leavell's funeral in Wichita Falls and shared with our oldest that night. The next night our daughter-in-law died at 35. We all realize how quickly life changes. Love your look on life.

Manda said...

Erin, that's wonderful!! I got tears in my eyes and chills all over as I read today's post. I'm still praying for your family often.

Sun said...

OH WOW! Praise God - this was a HUGE weekend. How sweet are those pictures - SO incredible what a baby loving on you can do! We serve SUCH a HUGE God! Sunshine

Becky said...

Oh Erin - I love the way you described it - I can't stop crying! Jen just told me how she cried today when she heard Abby's voice. SO sweet!!! Thank you Lord!!!!!!

Jenny said...

Erin,

My brother was in a car accident about 12 years ago. He was in a coma for 5 weeks. I know that feeling of pride welling up in you when they open their eyes. I pray that her awake time is more and more in the coming days. It's a long process, but with encouragers like Erik, you, her hubby and Erik's brother, she will do well. Encouragement is such a vital part of it. I bet seeing Erik Daniel was such a boost for both of them. Baby therapy is indeed a good thing!! Blessings!

Lizz @ Yes, and So is My Heart said...

That is wonderful news! Thank You, Lord!

Anna Lee said...

Erin, I would love to share your last blog or your blog address on www.ThePrayerLink.com. Many people in the Kentwood area would be thrilled to read and see your post. Would it be okay?
Anna Lee Alford
Kentwood, LA

ADH said...

what a wonderful weekend! i am praying for your family every day now, and i am loving hearing all this good news! praise the Lord! i do love that t-shirt! :0)

Embracing my cup said...

Anna lee that would be absolutely fine with me!

Lori said...

I have been reading your posts and praying for them. This post made me cry. Continuing praying.

Just a lass hiking with Jesus said...

so happy to read this post!! will be continuing to pray for them.

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