Saturday, January 3, 2009

Put your head on my shoulder

Ada was up on the standing frame at the rehab clinic, she grabbed Connie's, her physical therapist, arms and gave her a hug. Friday was Ada's last day, unless we can get more hours from Medicaid. I hope we get to take the Standing frame home soon. Ada must get tired of sitting in the chair or laying down on her bed all the time.

Here is Ada on the Standing Frame.

Ada is sitting on the red exercises ball.

Many friends came for a visit during holiday. John and Kirsten Olson came yesterday, and I can tell that she was very pleased. She laughs and smiles a lot. She moves her left hand more and more. She really try to move it and almost grab a brush that I gave her. This is exciting because she is left handed and we cannot wait to see what she can do with it. She also using her leg and her foot. If you sit close to her she will put her legs on your lap. The other day she pat the doggie with her foot.
Despised how bad the economy is, many had send in the donations for Ada. We are grateful for your thought, your pray and your generosity.
I would like this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy new Year, and if you haven't yet make a list of your new year resolutions, please do so by adding "I will visit Ada once a month" at the end. I'm sure Ada would like to see all your pretty, smiley faces.
Another good news is we are able to contact Hamilton about Ada's wheelchair. The electric bed that we had asked for is still pending. Ada's nurse, Valarie, had been a big help everyday. She comes 2 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the evening to help me taking care of Ada.


Melanie said...

Ada looks so good!! You go Ada...little by little...bit by bit...piece by piece you keep pushing your self with that determination I know you are full of...Ponsawan I love the picture of Ada on the ball....the expresion on her thing is wobbly....hang on girlfriend!!...You don't know how many times I come here each day just waiting for a post like this one!!...I too hope that the standing frame finds it way to your home has to feel good to Ada knowing she is standing on her own two feet!...and thowing her legs up on your lap to rest them! HA! ....I would love to meet both you and Ada, Ponsawan...although you should remember me...Melanie from Kentucky you sent the letter to me with the thread you use for your beautiful necklaces!..and also hand written instructions for me on how to put one together!...that touched my heart how kind and giving of a woman you are!! if your cell phone rings sometime and I am on the other end of the phone maybe I could come one day to visit everyone...God Bless You and Yours...and I know 2009 will be "Ada's Year"...!!!... :)

Anonymous said...

Praise God, that Ada is standing, laughing, looking and holding on to people! It still may be in a limited way, but one day it will all come together and she will smile her special smile again!

I'm sure that many thousands of prayers have been lifting up Ada into a wonderful place of healing. Miracles can and do happen!!

Chantelle said...

Ada...I am so sorry that it has taken me so long to write. Everytime I sat down to write something, I couldn't put into words what I was feeling. I almost felt ashamed. I was speechless, sad, angry...nothing could explain how I felt...what i felt for you. How could this have happened to the most loving, caring, most beautiful person I have ever met. I don't think I ever remember a time when you weren't happy. I remember growing up with you. Our days in the "brownies" always meeting at mollys house. You always knew how to make someone smile. I remember the day I got the page....I was sitting in the passenger seat. My partner's pager went off before mine. She started to read off the do you say this. I instantly knew. ADA. I immediately started to cry. I wasn't sure if I could do it. My partner looked at me and asked if I was ok. What was wrong. I was scared. I didn't know if I could handle seeing you. When the accident first happened...Sparky called me to tell me what happened. He didn't know what hospital you were in. I called several other friends and they didn't know either. I told all of them that if they heard anything to please let me know so I could visit. I never heard anything. I figured you and your family wanted to keep things private. I apologize for not trying harder. I called dispatch to see if was ok for me to transport you, and they said as long as it was ok with me, I could. I told my partner that I would have to drive, but I wanted to go. She told me that if things were too much for me, to let her know. We arrived at Methodist and proceeded up to your room. I saw your mom, who right away didn't recognize me. She was very upset. She was unaware that the hospital was releasing you and that the meds wouldn't be taken care of until Monday. Your mom always had a way of making sure everything was ok. We got everything straightened out and then my partner went in the room to check on you. She came back out and asked me again if I was ok. I was. I walked in the room and it shocked me how wonderful you looked. In the line of work I am in...EMT...I see people with brain injuries every day. Ada, you looked wonderful. As soon as I walked into the room, it seemed as though you started to smile. When we were moving you over to the stretcher you seemed to be a little aggitated, which again I am sorry for that. No one likes that part. We walked out to the ambulance bay and your mother came with us. It wasn't until she was in the ambulance with you did she recognize me. She talked to me the whole way there. After we put you in your bed, you seemed relieved. Relieved to be off of the cot and into somewhat of a more comfortable bed. Your mother and I stood and talked for what seemed like hours. During the whole time I was getting pages asking us where we were...we were ok. Just fine. Ada, I miss you. I got to see you one more time when I was transfering a patient to RHI. I saw you sitting with your dad and I am assuming other family members. I wanted to say hi but didn't want to interupt. I remember what the doctors told your mother that day we were standing in your room at American Village, please don't give up. No one knows everything about the brain. It is still a mystery. Miracles happen everyday. I love you dearly and I know you can do it. You and your family will always be in my prayers. Everytime I think of you, I remember that smile you gave me right before we went on stage our senior year....knowing it was our last time...and we were trying so hard not to cry. You will pull through this Ada, I know you will.

Anonymous said...

Hi Ponsawani,

Great news about Ada's relationship with her physical therapist (I love that photo!!) and about using her left side more. Padding the dog, resting her leg on your lap, etc. are wonderful signs!!!

I love every little sign of progress. It continues to affirm that there is hope and that she WILL get well.

If Medicaid stops funding, please let us know how much it will cost to continue to therapy privately. Was this discuss in court? Time is of the essence and I believe there should not be a lapse of inactivity between Medicaid and insurance funding! She needs to continue her therapy.

I continue to pray for Ada every day and will do so for the rest of my life.

Love and hugs!

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