Jodi's progress today has been a little slower than the last two days, but she has been up twice for short periods. She'll try to do more as the day progresses.
The best sign of continued recovery is that her appetite continues to improve. She woke up feeling hungry and so far today has had some Honey Nut Cheerios, Cream 'o Wheat, Salad (one that tasted like it came from the outside with olives, baby tomatos, shedded turkey, cucumbers, lettuce, and salad dressing), and some home-made bread with butter. All of it tasted good to her. That's meaningful, because one of the effects of all of this have been that her taste buds haven't really been working and things haven't really tasted very good in the past. She has been trying to eat just because she knows she needs to get her digestive system back up and functioning, but today the food has actually tasted pretty good.
We had a long talk with Dr. Sara Gardner (one of Dr. Couldwell's team) today and she indicated that Jodi can go home when she is healthy enough and strong enough to function to a certain degree on her own, including being able to get up and walk on her own. So far she's not there yet, but she'll just keep working at it until she is.
Jodi wants to thank a "far away" friend who came to visit and Grandma Brown for taking such good care of the kids. She also wants to wish Grandpa Brown a Happy Birthday. She hopes Tolan or someone will pass this along to him, since she's not sure he'll be checking the blog.