August 28, 2008

Little Bits of Good News

I spent some more time at the burn center yesterday and today. Yesterday I was with my mom. Christian had his eyes open and was making eye-contact with mom while she spoke. He kept trying to sit up, which he is not allowed to do of course (he has a fractured lumbar vertibrae), and so I kept gently pushing him back onto the bed. He is a fighter! He also lifted his arms a lot and kept reaching toward mom.

Today I went with my sister. Christian wasn't as alert as yesterday, but would open his eyes for brief moments (especially when I mentioned Stephanie), though he didn't seem to really focus on anything. He also lifted him arms a few times. (The nurse said he had been really feisty earlier that morning so she had given him some extra medication to calm him down.) I just kept stroking the top of his head, and my sister put on a CD of peaceful music.

Yesterday they were doing some tests on Stephanie to check for internal problems. I asked about it today and they said so far nothing turned up, which is good. Her swelling has gone down a lot. She had skin grafts done on her right hand and they said it went well. Lots more to go.

My older brother and my dad visited the crash site this week and were able to talk to the neighbors who responded and got a few answers, although we probably won't have all the answers for a long time, if ever.

I live for the little bits of good news and keep praying for miracles. Thanks again for your prayers and support!


  1. Great news! Still praying...


  2. Alice,
    I came across your blog through Jocelyn's. I was saddened to read about the latest trial in the Nielson family. I have always been amazed at the way your family has rallys during times of adversity. It sounds like Stephanie's family is similar. Thank you for sharing your experiences. I have been touched many times, and our thoughts and prayers are with your brother and wife. We miss the DeWitt family. Tell Jay "hi" for us. It has been fun seeing pictures of your family.
    Andrea Sheets

  3. Alice,
    Thank you so much for your updates on Christian and Stephanie. They are in our families prayers! I know you don't know me, but I do know some of your extended family and friends. Your updates especially mean a lot to my in-laws who live across the street from where the accident occurred. My father-in-law was able to help Christian, and they are so grateful to have a place to go and see how Christian and Stephanie are doing. We will continue to keep all of you in our prayers!
    Much Love,
    Becky Pulsipher

  4. Oh Alice,
    Thank you for the updates. I am happy for the news and can't wait for Christian to be able to "wake up".
    We love you guys so much. Hang in there and we will keep praying and fasting.

  5. Alice,

    I know the Nielsens through friends & family & through her blog, but of course have been inspired by them...along with so many others. I'm so glad I came across your blog, so I can read updates on HOW they are doing. Thank you, Thank you!

    Praying for your family,


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