Lauren has had her mom (Michelle), dad (Guy), and Grandpa (Edward) staying with her in the ICU. She has also had extended visits from Alex and Tyson, as well as Colorado friend Katie. She has had several great interactions with Katie, including listening to music and flipping through social media.
Friday night was the first night without breathing tube, so she slept very well, just waking during the regular evaluation visits. The nurses were also able to clean Lauren’s face and hair, which I can imagine felt quite good. Lauren is pictured above with her dad. Today, Sunday, Lauren had her first drink of water!
Most of Lauren’s physical injuries are healing very quickly. The head injury is a much more complicated story. We honestly believe, because of her interactions at this early date, that Lauren will have a full recovery. But this is going to be a long road; we are taking it one day at a time. Her communication this weekend, when she is awake, is good: she answers questions, and her memory, although still spotty, is getting better. Her speech is single words and simple phrases. We are not going to push her too hard here, we have to be patient – she is trying and we know we have to let her heal at her own pace. Doctors believe she is showing a lot of good signs that lead to recovery.
We will continue to keep the blog up-to-date as we know more (hoping for some big improvements this week!) and we ask for your continued prayers, good thoughts, and support. You can visit Lauren’s GoFundMe page here, every small amount helps.