Update on Mandy and Amber

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Posted by DJ on March 04, 2003 at 21:02:49:

Sorry I haven't posted until now. The hotel's internet connection has been down for over 24 hours now!

I got here about 1pm yesterday and went straight to the hospital. Found Amber and her family getting ready for her SPECT scan and sat in the room with them for a bit. REALLY nice people! We felt that common bond like we had known each other for years. Amber is more lile 11 (going on 26) more than just an 11 year old... SMART girl and a TROOPER!

Walked upstairs to Mandy's room while Amber was having her test done.

Mandy's family was GREAT! Once again, we talked like we were long lost friends. Had a great time just talking and sharing experiences. They got to see what Mandy's scars would look like 6 weeks and 15 months down the road by looking at my scars.

We all went to dinner last night a Chili's and had a fantastic time together. It was like a family reunion!

Amber had the second part of her SPECT scan this morning and was just going in for her angiogram when I left the hospital this afternoon. She's staying in the hospital tonight and will have her first surgery tomorrow afternon.

For a girl that couldn't talk, stand, or even move a couple of months ago, Mandy is doing ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL! She was talking up a storm, feeding herself, making jokes... she was even standing up at the sink (with some help) when I walked in her room today!!! Yesterday, her emotions were running a little crazy, laughing one minute and crying the next. Today, she's been in a great mood. She's been laughing and making fun of her dad all day! It's too funny!

Got some pictures with Mandy and her family today, I will post them in new messages. Wasn't able to get any of Amber today because she's been having tests. Will try to get some of them tonight when I go back to the hospital.

BTW, three posts in four days?? You guys sure aren't talking much!!????


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