This morning I had breakfast with someone who asked me this question. "Is she able to stand yet on her own?" This question has been asked of me by her for months. Every time my answer is the same. "Not yet. But she is getting stronger. She'll get there, it just may take a while." Today for the first time I am actually wondering if Ember will ever be able to walk on her own. Because I am around her every day, and I take her to every therapy appointment I don't see the progress. I know she is able to bear weight, and I know she'll be able to balance in a standing position. But taking steps I'm just not sure of. Certainly there are worse things than not walking on your own but I sure want that for her.
It has been a bit of a crazy few weeks. A little over a week ago I ended up in the emergency room. For 24 hrs. I had the worst heartburn. I was nauseous and could not get comfortable. Well, it turns out my gall bladder is full of stones. Large and small. So, I need surgery. I don't have time for that!
Next week we will head to Philadelphia where Ember will have her hip surgery on Thurs. Making decisions for her to have or not have surgery isn't easy. I hope we are doing right by her.
After we get home from Philly I will have my turn and have my gall bladder out on Aug. 2. No one else in the family is allowed to have surgery for a while!
I will leave you with a collage of Ember. When we first met her in Ukraine she would try to get us to mimic her faces. It was sort of coping mechanism for her I think. A technique to sort of entertain and get attention. She still loves to imitate faces and I must say she does quite well! Monkey see, monkey do...