We can’t believe it has only been six weeks since the surgery and just about a month since being discharged. Other than a few minor hiccups here and there – neck incision opening up again just days after the staples being removed, longer than expected healing time for her trache, emotional ups and downs, etc. – Grace’s recovery has been on track for the most part.
What has been amazing, however, is that she has already begun speaking clearly enough that most people do not have trouble understanding what she is saying to them. Her doctor was also surprised by the unexpected clarity of her speech and remarked that she’s months ahead of schedule in that aspect – she hasn’t even begun her speech or swallowing therapy yet! We really didn’t know how well she would be able to speak again as we were told most of her tongue was removed, implying she would be left with very little control of her new tongue, if at all. The fact that she has begun speaking and swallowing in less than 6 weeks since the surgery has been nothing short of amazing and we are grateful to God beyond words for such incredible recovery.
More than anything else, Grace is excited to be able to sing again during worship. One of our favorite things to do at home has always been worshipping together with songs at random times, whenever the Holy Spirit would prompt us. Although it still takes a lot of effort for her to speak and sing, there is nothing but gratitude in our hearts to be able to sing to our God again so soon.
There is obviously a long road ahead but tonight, we are filled with praises in our hearts for the journey we have completed so far. Thank you all for praying for us, supporting us in different ways, and simply walking with us on this journey…