Hey friends! I know most of you just come here to read about cake and you will not hurt my feelings at all if you skip these personal posts. But so many of you are asking, so here goes the latest on Sarah.
I'm continually grateful and humbled that you continue to ask me about her. I receive messages or emails almost daily asking about her and it just blows me away. If you missed the long story about her accident, you can click here to read it.
So last Monday was 25 days since her accident. We had two significant doctor appointments that day.
First thing early that morning we went to the pediatric surgical unit. This is where we met (again) the doctor who treated her for her concussion. They did a whole slew of tests to check her progress (memory, speech, motor skills, balance, emotional health, etc.) and the good news is - they released her from further care or follow-ups.
She still has some minor balance and fatigue issues, but her conscussion symptoms are mostly gone. She is also pretty fragile emotionally, but they've assured us this is normal after the trauma she experienced. These few remaining symptoms should gradually disappear over the next few weeks/months.
There were a few hours between that early morning appointment and the later afternoon appointment (and the hospital is 90 miles from my house), so we had Waffle House for breakfast 🙂
This is me, my Mama, Sarah, and my niece Perry Kathryn.
Sarah is still missing a few teeth and it'll be a few more weeks before she can get temporary replacements, so we have to carefully choose where she eats. Since she loves the Hashrbrown Bowls at Waffle House and can easily eat them - it was an easy choice!
After Waffle House, we also visited Hobby Lobby and Krispy Kreme Doughuts. Hey... we had to make the most of our girls day!!
Later in the day we saw the oral-maxillofacial surgeon who did her initial surgery the day after her accident. He removed all stitches from her mouth and said everything is healing beautifully. This was not a fun visit for Sarah (or Mommy) but it wasn't too painful for her and that part was over quickly.
She has some scar tissue that might require another procedure inside her lip but it's minor.
He said she can get the splint off of her teeth (there were two loose that they splinted to try and save) in a few weeks. Then we'll be able to go ahead and get her some temporary teeth to fill in the gaps.
Then after that we go back in 3 months for another CT scan to check the progress of the bone grafts healing and (hopefully) start the process for implants. Dr. C. said if all goes well, she might have brand new (permanent) teeth by Christmas!!
Whew... Monday was a 14 hour day!!
Fast forward to Tuesday and we had more appointments. The most difficult was when we visited our regular pediatric dentist. She had a small cavity in a molar (this was something found and planned before the accident) and should have been no big deal.
But we didn't foresee is how hard this appointment would be for her.
Sarah has always been a perfect patient at the dentist. She's never been scared to go and it's never bothered her at all. But this time she was shaking and very quiet for the whole visit.
As soon as we left, she started crying. She said having dental work made her very nervous and she had some pretty serious anxiety afterwards.
So she wouldn't be surprised later, I gently told her that she had to have one more done in a month (at the same time they take the splints off) and she was devastated.
Dr. B offered to give her a mild sedative next time to hopefully prevent the overwhelming fear, but she's still really struggling with the idea of going to the dentist. Dont' get me wrong, she still loves our doctor, but her mouth is very tender and she's just terrifed.
She has ALOT of dental/mouth procedures ahead for the next several months, so I'm really worried about this. I would appreciate your continued prayers.
Anywho - that's how things are going. Overall, we couldn't be more pleased, but we have had a few rough moments.
Thank you all again for checking on Sarah! I'll do my best to continue to update you from time to time as we get news!
Myy heart goes to you both,so glad things are moving along,and healing is happening even if more slow than she needs,my son only need one replacement and it wasn't easy,she is so brave !!best wishes and prayers
I don’t like going to the dentist so when I have to have dental work done I always have an IV sedation. You don’t remember anything and won’t feel anything either. I would look into it for Sarah. Good luck and prayers
Such a sweet, loving family. My prayers are with you, and you know Jesus is always with you!
Continued prayers for you all. We are so thankful Sarah is doing well. Hugs to all
That is absolutely wonderful! Praise God for his miraculous healing like only he can do.
Thanks so much for the update and I'm sending continuing prayers and hugs as you, Sarah and your family continue this journey. I am sure you are like most mothers and just wish you could do something for Sarah's pain and discomfort. God continues to be good during this ordeal and it is times like these, that we need to lean on him the most.
Keep on truckin' Sarah!!!!
So glad she is doing better. I’m a nurse anesthetist and have a clinic for special needs patients, including those with anxiety, chronic pain, Alzheimer’s, and intellectually disabled patients.
We have a therapy dog in addition to the anesthesia we provide.
I’m writing to caution you about sedation without a dedicated anesthesia provider for your daughter, especially considering her recent events.
While it’s comforting to see someone you’re familiar with, emergencies can and do occur sometimes with tragic outcomes.
Think of it in your specialty. It would be difficult for you to mix a cake with your left hand while decorating another with your right. As an expert in your field you focus solely on the task at hand.
Prayers for continued recovery.
God is so good! Sounds like her recovery is moving very well plus with you, the sweet mama she will be just fine I know and continued recovery will be swift in Jesus name!
Thanks for the update so happy she is on the mend! Such a pretty girl..
Prayers for you and Sarah...she's been through a lot! God bless her..
Good luck Sarah!
Love and happiness ❤
Glad Sarah is on the mend. Continued prayers for a speedy recovery for Sarah and strength for all of you. Sarah, stay strong. I’m so proud of you. It's a long road ahead. Take it a step at a time. You'll get there!
So happy for Sarah’s progress and that it’s all going well.
I had a massive dentist phobia and had some hypnosis to help as I didn’t go for 29 yrs due to my fear factor!! Still not my favourite place but now it’s not a trauma and I go quite calmly now
Look forward to more happy positive updates oh and Moreton cake posts !!!
I have been thinking of Sarah and am so glad she is healing. I can imagine her fragile state as she has to deal with her treatments. I will continue to follow her progress. She is blessed to have you as her mother and have a wonderful family
Thanks for sarah's nieuws Godnless your family.
Sorry God bless* your family 🙂
More prayers for Sarah. Our God is an awesome God and he can calm all fears. We shall continue to ask for His blessing on your sweet child!
Oh Rose, this is such good news and devastating at the same time. I just cried for her when reading her dental experience . Sarah, you and the vest of by our family are all in my prayers. While I'm extremely thankful & happy she's hurt no worse then she is, I'm sad she has this to endure. You're such a great, loving Mom and friend. I love your empathy & directness combined to show your deep love & support for her. It would be even harder on her not to know the harsh realities of what to expect than not. I love you all.
...the rest of your family...
Prayers for healing and strength for your daughter.
I love watching your success with baking and family. Thank you for sharing your stories. Sarah seems to be a strong girl (likely from her Mamas"can do attitude" Mama). Though tough, God gives us challenges that make us more patient, thoughtful, strong and kind. You and the family seem to take these challenges head on with such grace. Wishing Sarah quick healing!
We will continue to keep you both in our prayers.
Precious Rose, We are sending you all so much love from Australia . Will pray the Lord’s continued peace and healing over Sarah, that she may be able to rest in the palm of His strong hand. How blessed she is to have a Mama and family like yours. Xx
Rose, I am most pleased with Sarah's picture. She is such a beautiful young lady. Praise to our Lord Jesus Christ who has placed His healing hands over her.
May you be blessed today and always.
Cake Baker of Miami, Florida
Oh, Sarah, it is good to see you smile. Everything gonna be okay. We know it will.................because GOD said so. Look how HE has brought you thru all of this. You are very strong. P.S. Your momma looks like her momma! Dezi
I will definitely continue to keep Sarah and you in my prayers for her fast healing!
Very thankful that Sarah is improving each day. I know you and all your family have been concerned abut her recovery, just keep remembering God is still God and He is in control. Hope it won't be long before she is completely her old self again. Thank you for the update.
Thank you for the update. Bless you all. Your in our prayer.
Thank you so much for the updates on your (our) beautiful Sarah. Prayers continue and praises for her recovery. I know, as a mother, how hard this has been on your family and YOU. Sending love and prayers to all of you.
I wanted to let Sarah know that when I was 13 I had my front tooth knocked out, just one tooth...and since I have had 30 some surgeries in my mouth due to it. Bone grafts, implants, gum grafts you name it (most of them from a mistreated infection). Tell her not to sweat it!!!!! Its definitely not fun but nothing to fear. Especially if she loves her drs. All my drs were so nice and it really helped. I have some scar tissue in my lip too. It makes my lip flatten out a bit when I smile, but honestly nobody notices, not even me anymore, in fact I actually forgot about it until I was just reading the latest update! You got this Sarah!!!!! Hang in there!!!!
I am so sorry to hear that your precious daughter ,had been in a terrifying accident. She is truly one lucky little lady ,as that could have been so much worse that day. What a scary ordeal for you as parents ,and certainly for her. I am so grateful ,that she is now recovery ,and on the mend. Your daughter is such a beautiful young lady, strong and , brave. I wish you and your family endless love ,laughter, and happiness. God bless you all.