"Friendship is a treasured gift, and every time I talk with you I feel as though I'm getting richer and richer."
*This post is an update in a series of posts on my friend Amber, who is currently in the hospital. You can read the earlier posts here.
**Also, the family has set up a blog to keep friends and family abreast of what's going on and also to help reduce the feeling of obligation to update everyone individually. Most of the posts will be duplicates of my posts on this blog, since they have asked me to update the blog for them.
Over the last few days, the respiratory therapist has been working with Amber in the ICU, allowing her a few short periods of time when they adjust the tracheostomy so that she is able to talk. The small balloon-like part of the tracheostomy is deflated for a short time, causing air to pass up through her throat and voicebox into her mouth, allowing her to speak. Her voice is quite soft, since her vocal cords are still healing, but she has been able to speak a little to JP, her parents, and her children.
Today, she told us that she wanted to say a little to you:
"I have so much I want to say... Thank you very much for all your love, support, and fasting. I'm so grateful for your friendship and faith. Heavenly Father loves us and is creating miracles so that I can be here for my children and JP. Thank you so much for your love and your friendship. I love you all."
We are so proud of Amber and her efforts to get well. She's working very hard and we often hear the request, "exercise me." Her determination to recover is apparent and she gets a little stronger each day thanks to that determination. We know she has a strong spirit and that spirit is strengthened by your hope, optimism, faith, and prayers. She needs all the positive encouragement we have to offer. We love her so much, and know that you do too! Thank you for sharing your positive thoughts with her!