Update from Berni:
Miracle of all miracles, not only did we get to come home from Randall's Children Hospital yesterday, but my daughter WALKED (really, almost strutted) UNASSISTED out of the front doors!
Audrey is such a strong girl. She has grit and determination, as well as a good work ethic and personal drive. Because of those personal characteristics I am confident she will continue to push through any obstacle she comes up against in her recovery.
Thank you so very much for all of your prayers, love, support, help and personal stories that offer encouragement and hope! I am a believer in God and his forgiveness and mercy. However, I struggle with my personal relationship with God -- so I wouldn't consider myself to be a strong Christian or "Religious". Because of all your prayers, I felt the hand of God in the hospital. In our darkest hours, not knowing whether or not Audrey would even make it, and if she did to what extent she would recover, His presence was in the room. God put on my heart scripture that I haven't heard of or thought of since I was a little girl. Granted, I had to Google the exact texts and what the versus were.
On our way home, James shared with me a quote that came to him while in the hospital. (I am crying as I type this) "You are a great champion.
When you ran, the ground shook.The sky opened, and mere mortals parted. Parted the way to victory, where you'll meet me in the winner's circle - and I'll put a blanket of flowers on your back. " -- from Dreamer the Movie
I do believe each of us has a purpose in this life. God must have big plans for this girl. We will continue to need your prayers throughout recovery. Audrey has been very emotional (as should be expected). She cannot quite fathom the activity restrictions she has placed upon her for her safety. She is an independent and self sufficient girl -- so having to depend upon others is hard. She also cannot believe that she will most likely be restricted from riding her beloved pony, Charlie, for at least 6 months. It seems trivial through all of this, but it is a big deal to a girl who rides a couple of hours a day each day. Charlie is really her best friend and partner. Audrey also does have a real understanding that she could have died. She has been so thoughtful, even when she couldn't speak much, or stay awake for longer than 10 minutes at a time. Any time we would show her something someone had brought for her, or recount how people had or were helping her, she would say, "That is so nice.", or, "I will have to tell them thank you." or "I will have to give them a big hug."
Audrey is such an amazing human being at only 10 years old. She is my inspiration!
We are very happy to be home with our family together, all under one roof. Thank you Jesus! I can NEVER thank you all enough.