This was Leah with her Dad on her 16th birthday on the 31st December 2013.
There was no party, no cake, we didn’t even sing “Happy Birthday”.
Leah was exhausted from the effort of trying to breathe. She struggled to even keep her eyes open.
I kissed her and told her how precious she was and how much we all loved her. I said that we’d have a big party when she got home.
This is what I wrote on our Facebook blog @ 8am that morning:
“Leah’s oxygen levels & breathing remained stable over night. They are alternating 1hr of the face mask CPAP with 3hrs using the nasal prongs. Leah prefers the nasal prongs. We both got a few hours sleep. Thanks for all your prayers & supportive messages. Visiting is of course restricted in ICU & many of you live far away but modern technology brings your loving support directly into Leah’s room.”
Lots of people sent birthday wishes by text, facebook, card or email. All of these were read out to Leah.
On Thursday 2nd January ’14 Leah went on a ventilator. By Friday this had helped her body so much that she was awake and keen to communicate.
Photography was strictly forbidden in ICU but like many young (and not so young) people, Leah loved taking selfies.
On the morning of the 3rd January, when Leah was using her iPad, she pulled my head down beside hers and ‘click’ – there it was, we’d broken one of the rules of ICU.
It was usually quite difficult for Leah to type, as the medication that she was on blurred her vision.
Not on this occasion – Leah uploaded the photo to Facebook and typed out:
Didn’t exactly plan my sweet 16 birthday or the New Year to be like this but thanks to everyone whose been praying. I love you mummy ❤ 🙂
Such precious beautiful words.