Saturday couldn’t have turned out better. This was Arden’s first day up and about. Seattle Children’s Hospital provided an incredible reclining wheel chair, so she was able to ride down the halls of SCH and out into a little garden.
She later said, “I want to sit in that wheelchair forever!”
Once she met all the requirements for discharge (which happened late in the day), she was exuberant. Tata (her other grandmother) had given her a singing Elsa doll. And yes, we’ve already lost count of how many times we’ve heard that doll sing “Let it go!” with Arden and Avery enthusiastically singing along.
Saturday evening, she was exuberant as her daddy wheeled her out of the hospital to the waiting hotel van. Arden, her little sister and Elsa were singing “Let it go!” at the top of their lungs all the way out of the hospital—much to the amusement of people who were watching.
It’s Sunday, and Arden and her family are now settled into the hotel for the duration of their stay here. Things are going smoothly. Arden is chipper, playful, and thankfully not in pain. Her mommy and daddy are already pros in managing her care. A ride outside in her wheelchair was a glorious break from sitting in bed. I took Avery to hunt Easter eggs at the home of my friends, Terry and Ken McNichols, and she proved more than equal to the task and brought home sweets to share with Arden.
Arden’s post-op is April 24, including x-rays to make sure the Spica cast is lined up perfectly to do its job. Once they get the thumbs up (which we pray they will), Arden and her family will be returning to Anchorage. Please keep her in your prayers. She’s just in week 1 of 6 in her Spica cast.