A quick update on things. Jodi is starting to feel better, so thanks for all the prayers! She has kept food down today for the first time since Friday! That is huge considering she is going into surgery tomorrow and needs all her strength! She has withered down to a mere 98 pounds, with literally nothing to spare, so she needs all the food and energy she can get.
Jodi is on the surgery schedule, but not until 2:30 in the afternoon. She was hoping to be earlier in the day, since she has to fast all day and is already feeling so weak. She talked to the schedulers, but there are diabetics and small children that take priority, so like it or not, it will be late in the day. She really hopes the surgery will help her eye to close and eliminate many of the challenges she is now facing.
On another good note, Jodi has been having "facial twitches" in the paralyzed side of her face, which internet research says is a good sign. This most often happens when she is "massaging" her face with a washcloth to wash it at night before bed (since she can't splash water on her face because her eye won't close). Her friend, Suzy, and Suzy's mom, Bev, gave Jodi lots of great advice on facial massage and diet that she hopes will help. They have had plenty of practice since Suzy's dad had Bell's Palsy twice and these things seemed to help his recovery. So, Jodi is excited to start the massage to see if it helps.
She is off of many of her medications (to help with her stomach sickness) and is actually feeling better today than since she has been home. What a blessing! Thanks again for the prayers! She did go to the store today (one of her first public outings) and it wiped her out, but the fact that she even felt up to trying was a big "baby step" toward good progress.
Thanks and more thanks for the visits, calls and prayers. Jodi is still very tired and weak, so she is not able to visit as much as she'd like, but in the little doses she can handle it, she appreciates visiting with all of you that she loves so much!
More prayers for surgery day with high hopes of improvement by this time tomorrow!!