Praise for small improvements

Amelia in a brief moment of improvement last week.

After her spinal tap yesterday, Amelia did better for a few hours. Her mood was improved, she was more talkative, and she even sat up once on her own. Her walking seemed about the same. She is still making some speech errors, like substituting the wrong letter at the beginning of words, and mixing words up in sentences from time to time. She also occasionally says something random and totally out of context. We were grateful that she spoke enough to us last night that we could identify some of these speech errors, as she has been mostly silent since Monday. The doctors feel she probably improved because the excess fluid around her brain that was causing the pressure to be high was drained off during the spinal tap. However, it is also possible the antiviral medication is already having some effect, which would be an excellent sign for long-term prognosis.

I found some encouragement in a little book called The Mother's Topical Bible this morning:

Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for out iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. Isaiah 53:4-5

And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray for one another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. James 5:13-16