Jodi had a reasonably good night thanks to your continued prayers and she is doing okay today.
The lumbar drain continues at the pace of 15cc's per hour. There has been no leak of spinal fluid again today. If the leak doesn't come back by tonight the doctors will slowly start to cut back on the level of the lumbar drain...to 10cc's per hour and then 5cc's per hour and then finally they'll take out the lumbar drain entirely. The idea is to gradually allow the pressure to rebuild in the fluid around the brain. They don't want to do it too quickly, because it may force open the hole again.
If this progress continues Jodi will hopefully be able to leave the hospital and return home in a few days for the remainder of her recovery. That would be terrific! Of course, there is a ways to go and the doctors want to make sure everything is okay. She does need to gradually rebuild her strength, including her ability to sit up, stand up, and walk.
Jodi had another sponge bath this morning and had her hair washed and braided. Just this much really helped her to feel better.
She continues to be uplifted by your messages of encouragement and support. In fact, she asked me to let you know that she really wishes she could personally respond to each message, each card, each call, each comment, each email, because they do make such a difference and she is so very grateful!!!
Before closing this update I thought you would enjoy a few pictures from the visit by Jodi's children last Saturday.
Baby "D" (Daven) with his Mom.
Casen and Daven with Mom.
Lindi combing Mom's hair.
Lindi giving her Mom a big hug.
Trenden hugging Mom.
Jodi's brother, Scott, and sister, Tami reminding Jodi how to smile.