As I looked at Shannon today, she looked like she was at peace. I am sure her body and spirit are fighting to get better, and to be healed. However, I know that she was happy. I could almost see her smile.
My mother has mentioned about some of the smaller miracles that she has experienced as Shannon has begun her journey to recovery. I often ask myself in times like this, what I can learn from it. I remember of the time I was in the hospital with appendicitis. While I was recovering from my surgery, Aaron came to visit. He told me "Just think. A hundred years ago, you would be dead right now." He said it in a joking tone. I have reflected on that and know that modern medicine is a huge miracle. Shannon probably wouldn't be alive, if we didn't have some of the miraculous machines that are helping Shannon heal, from the ventilator to the helicopter that took her from Utah Valley to Primary Children's. Each of those is a miracle. Sometimes it just takes us looking at a problem in a different light to see the blessings we have.
A final note about visitors. Aaron posted some good advice about coming to visit. I want to reiterate that, but also let you know that visitors are welcome. My parents are uplifted by those who stop by to give them support and tell them how much they love them. I am grateful for all those who have reached out to help my family during this time. It means a lot to all of us.