Posted Sep 2, 2009 1:24pm
Hello, friends of Rosario!
Sorry for the lack of updates. We’ve been pretty busy just enjoying Rosario’s company. I can’t tell you how grateful we are to have her home!! Plus, she has gotten off the recovery roller coaster, which means her progress has been pretty steady. That’s not to say there haven’t been significant moments: Rosario’s life has become a constant stream of significant moments! Still, it has been a relief for her to forego the dramatic ups and downs of recovery.
Rosario has improved drastically since her arrival home. It’s not that we are doing a better job than her LA family – they were fantastic and Rose misses them dearly; she is just at a point in her recovery where there is obvious progress to be made. There seems to be a never-ending supply of ‘firsts’:
– The first time Rosario was able to walk without the support of someone’s arm.
– The first time she went up and down stairs on her own.
– The first time she got all dressed up and painted the town pink!
– The first time she wore heels! They were little one inch wedges, but it was still exciting!
– The first time she put on her make-up standing up.
– The first time she danced! She did a little cumbia last week! In her own words: “I busted a move… a very small move, but I still busted a move!”
– The first time she opened a door by herself! We were leaving the mall. Rose said, “I’ll get my own door, thank you!” and pushed the handicap button.
There have been many other significant moments for Rosario, some of which get a little emotional, which is not surprising considering all she has been through. Rose has a fresh outlook on life and a renewed appreciation for simple pleasures.
Rosario does her best to keep her spirits up, but it isn’t easy. She was never one to sit around, so she has been getting rather bored. She still doesn’t have the strength to hold a book for a long time or to respond to emails and whatnot, which means she gets rather restless. The boredom has its benefits: it has been a great motivator. Rosario knows she can’t push herself too far too fast, but the added determination has been helpful. Walking has been her physical activity of choice. She tries to walk every day. The rain from last week made taking walks difficult, but Rose made up for that on Monday when she and Mom walked two miles. Yes, you read that right: TWO MILES!! It was a slow two miles and Rosario was a bit tired after, but she was satisfied with her accomplishment.
Her recovery at home hasn’t been a breeze – she had and still has many more hurdles to overcome. Rosario is still in need of your prayers! Her upper body is in constant pain from the incision where the doctors cut the muscle to gain access to her lungs and other organs. Her right arm is very weak, which is why she isn’t able to hold a book. She is still at risk for complications with her esophagus (I never would have thought I’d become an expert at spelling ‘esophagus’!). And, of course, there is the continued healing of the emotional and psychological trauma.
Thank you again and again for your support!
For those in Grand Rapids or Michigan who would like to visit Rose, please contact me at ceciliamschwartz[at]gmail[dot]com.
Posted by Cecilia