Shortly after noon she went down for the swallow study. She did really well on the pudding and thicker stuff. She did pretty well with things that were more liquid, but still needs to get her muscles toned up in her throat before they will clear her to drink liquids. But she can start to eat certain things now which will be a great step forward. The details of all of that we still need to hear back from the doctors but they will start introducing that into her diet either tonight or tomorrow.
Just a couple other highlights from today. Dr. Walker, the neurosurgeon who performed her surgery the first night, came by to see her today. He had been out of the country for a while and had not seen her for about ten days. He was so pleased to see her progress and could hardly believe that it was the same "very sick girl" that he had met almost three weeks ago. During her afternoon therapy, Dr. Maloney came by to see her. He was the attending doctor in the ICU the night she came in. He was beaming from ear to ear as he watched her and commented on the marvelous progress she was making. She is also making great strides with her vocalization, as long as she isn't too tired. She had a T-shirt on from her days in percussion so the nurse asked her what she played. She told her the marimba, the xylophone. That led to questions about other activities in High School and she told the nurse that she was in debate, specifically policy.
So all in all a neat day. We are so grateful for her continued progress and recognize all this as wonderful blessings from a loving Heavenly Father. Thank you for your faith and prayers to help bring these things to pass.