Jodi's eye is making progress faster than we anticipated. We attribute this to all the prayers from each of you, so thank you for helping things go well. She has not gotten too much more swollen or discolored, which is a real blessing. She can only open it about 1/3 the way, but it is progress to be able to control it at all. It is still goopy and the lower lid appears very full from the collagen, but it is all still progress!
Today was Jodi's most normal day yet. She got up and gave herself a few "jobs" to do around the house. Nothing too strenuous (many of the tasks she could do sitting down, like organizing bills, etc.), but things she did all on her own. She totally wore herself out, but was so pleased to have been able to accomplish something on her own! It did take her about a 2-hour nap to recover from the morning, but she felt it was well worth it to feel like a half-way normal person again.
This afternoon Jodi was getting stir crazy again (this happens regularly since she can't get out much...if friends ever want to come and just take her for a drive, she would probably love it!!). So, the family decided to try another taste of normal life, so they all went to the mall together. Jodi hasn't been out in public much, so she was a bit nervous, but Trenden helped her walk and keep her balance, and she helped pushed the stroller for added stability. They stayed at the mall for almost 2 hours and she survived the whole thing!
She is still trying to figure out how to eat again. Many foods just no longer sit well with her, so there is much experimenting going on and she is being "forced" (by her body) to do the several small meals a day diet in order to keep anything down. Hopefully, with continued practice and healthy eating, she will start heading back up in weight.
Overall, a very good day. She continues to be grateful for all the friends, neighbors, family, loved ones and other supporters who reach out to help. Thanks again to the PCC and BYUH families whose faith and prayers have helped so much. You are all a tremendous example of faith and love.