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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Kiss and Tell

What a good day. Mark had a CT last night since he got his ICP drain out and everything looked really good. Dr. Gaufin came in while I was here, which is the first time I've seen him since the morning after his brain surgery. I asked him if Mark was his miracle man and he said, "Yes he is. I am so pleased with how he is progressing." I was beaming from ear to ear.

But not beaming as much as I was when I asked Mark to give me a kiss and he picked his head up and puckered his lips. I cannot describe the love that filled my heart. And just to make sure it wasn't a fluke, I asked him to do it again, and he did it....again and again and again.

Mark's niece Colleen was visiting and when she said that she was his favorite niece he gave her a "thumbs up". Alan and Kim were visiting and talking with him, as well. Kim brought him a squeeze ball and when we placed it in his hand, he tried to sit up to see what it looked like. We took it from him and showed it to him, then put it back into his hand. He squeezed it for a second and then threw it. We had a good laugh and then he did it again. Kim was holding his hand and when she told him that she hoped he knew how much they loved him, he squeezed her hand. As Alan was leaving, Mark's eyes followed him around the room. When Alan said he'd be back soon, Mark gave him a "thumbs up".

I don't think there's any doubt, anymore, that my Mark is in there and wanting to come out. He recognized me enough to kiss me. I thought my miracles may have been used up for this week. He has proved me wrong.


  1. Scarlet,
    I was absolutely thrilled when I read your post, I can imagine the joy that you feel, we are so grateful for Mark's continued progress. Andrew, Hannah and Jacob get down on their knees and pray together for "Madison, Olivia and Avery's Dad" as much as they do anything else lately. What a faith building experience it has been for them. For all of us. Give Mark our families love, you and the girls as well. As always, Y'all keep working, we'll keep praying. GO MIRACLE MARK!

  2. Scarlet,

    I'm so grateful that things are getting better and looking hopeful. I have been so impressed by your amazing attitude and outlook. I love how you have used your sweet sense of humor! It just goes to show you are a woman of faith and loads of hope! Hope is what gets us through. I love ya' lady. Know we are thinking and praying for you. Haven't wanted to bother you with all that is going on but know I love you and am so grateful for your example. You are a rock! :) ~Annica~

  3. Scarlet, I was so incredibly happy to read this post. It feels my heart with so much gratitude and joy. I have been praying for you guys and am happy to know Mark is not only progressing, but progressing faster and better than anyone dared to expect. He must have a heart of a lion! Keep the faith and I'll keep praying :)

  4. SO Happpy! I am so gratful and i can't wait to come see you guys, what strong souls you both have! Keep the Faith, love you!

  5. Mark, Good friend. When we saw you that first Saturday night what a fright just to understand what had really happened. But now, to read your wonderful wifes comments about how you are doing is inspiring to all of us. Our prayers are with you through your recovery. We look forward to be able to sit and talk with you when you are able.

  6. Hi Mark & Scarlet,
    The first thing I do everyday after I turn on the computer is check your blog. Everyday seems to be getting better and better. What a blessing. We are so relieved everyday to see GOOD news. What a great day for you Scarlet, and for Mark too!!! This post made me break down and cry. I can not imagine the stress and anxiety you feel Scarlet. I am so glad that you can see your Mark coming through each day. That he is responding to you and others. We are so happy for you both and your sweet girls. You guys are in out thoughts every minute. I know you must be so tired Scarlet, what a strength you are to Mark. Everything you are doing seems to be working to bring him back to you and your family. We hope we can talk with you soon Scarlet and later with Mark when he is up to it! Love you guys!
    Britt & Stephanie

  7. Scarlet, I've been gone for a couple of days and haven't talked to Paige or checked your blog. I was super excited to read about all of the progress Mark is making. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love, Kevin & Pam Allen