There was a lot of praising God and thanking Jesus going on at Detroit Receiving Hospital in downtown Detroit yesterday. Every one that walked by the room from the Doctors to the support staff were stopping by commenting on how well Aaron was doing.
Sylvia, one of our favorite nurses.....they are all really our favorites....but Sylvia told me last week that once Aaron's body was through fighting off this reaction that we would see remarkable progress very fast. She said that for the last six weeks every ounce on energy and every system in his body was franticly at work repairing the damage caused by the Stevens-Johnson Syndrome and TENS, but that once that was complete it would amazingly revert back to its healthy state quickly.
Well, yesterday seems to have been the day that his body finished all the really hard work. He still has a ways to go to regain his strength but he was sitting up in a chair when John and I got to the hospital around 10:30 and before that he had taken two laps around the ward with very little assistance. He is talking and able to talk on the phone and for the first time he got to call the children and talk to each one of them. He talked to Susan, Cay, Dana, Kyle and Tyler too.
He had to take a swallow test to determine if he was ready to eat and he was so proud to announce that he had passed the test. The first thing he wanted was water and he sipped it all after noon while we played Gin Rummy for several hours, Angie beat us both ~~~~ We figured that they would bring him jell-o or broth and other soft food for his first meal at around 5:30 but no, they brought him a lovely plate of breaded perch with tarter sauce, yellow rice, mixed vegetables, a whole wheat roll, fruit punch and a brownie. I was very nervous to have him eat but he picked away at it and had a couple of tastes of everything and it went down just fine.
We waited a bit to see if he would tolerate the food and he did so his nurse took out the feeding tube that he had in his nose.
Please join us in praising God for seeing us all through this difficult time and continue to pray for Aaron's on going recovery. Aaron is so grateful to all of you prayer warriors that have lifted him up in prayer so faithfully this past six weeks. We pray that God bless all you faithful prayer warriors.