Great news from the orthopedic doctor yesterday.....our little lovie Lauren will be saying good bye to her bright pink legs next Wednesday...which is less than a week away! If you haven't read the post about how she came to be in this state, read here.
The doctor said that her bones looked great and were healing really well. He felt confident that she will be perfectly fine once the casts are removed....no physical therapy even necessary. So this means that she will have only had the casts on for 3 wks. We were preparing for a much longer duration (they told us 4 wks. minimum)....so this was a most pleasant surprise. Praise God!.....so many answered prayers.
I can't begin to tell you how strong Lauren has been through all of this. I am in awe of her tenacity and perseverance. Yes, she had went through an awful time of pain....but that did not weaken her.....her spirit is as vibrant as ever.
Literally, in one moment Lauren was a very active independent two-year-old, and the next moment she was unable to walk....not allowed to put any weight on her legs at all. She scoots around on her tush and does a mean army crawl....this gal is going to have some serious upper body strength.
Of course I was a mess when this first happened...I couldn't help but tear up every time I looked at her....then I had to turn my back so that she wouldn't see how upset I was. Here was a little girl....broken and in pain....and yet she had the warmth in her heart to say these words to me, (on more than one occasion)..."Are you ok Mommy?" And I would answer, "Yes, sweetheart, Mommy's ok...I'm just sad because you got hurt."
God made me pull myself together, get my emotions in check, and take care of my little girl. It amazes me how God works....how the strength I see in my daughter inspires me to be stronger....on so many different levels in life.
I am grateful....
..... that it was only a couple of broken legs
....that we were near a hospital at the time of the accident
....that Lauren has adapted better than I could have ever imagined
....that my Mom was able to come and stay for 5 days, (she was a huge help and an enormous blessing)
....that we were able to experience the love from a church family, (most of whom we had never met)
....that she looks absolutely adorable in these casts
....that I was able to see a raw tenderness from her brothers, especially when this first happened, (all of the boys were crying in the emergency room....it was really hard for them to see their sister in pain)
....that God gave me a strong husband to make all of the decisions. He takes such good care of us....we are so blessed
....and that God is so faithful and gracious in His mercy.