Monday, January 14, 2008

I'm at the Suarez House.

Visiting Virginia . . . in her home!

As the Lord leads I arrive right when two men from Calvary Chapel Ensenada, the hearing church that our deaf congregation is a part of, showed up so I spend the first part of my visit interpreting.

It is amazing how the hearing portion of the church has surrounded and supported us them. These men are asking what can the congregation do - people will be sent over to give Virginia's mother (who has been mother keeping a diligent watch and care over her) a break. What supplies are needed? They'll see about getting them. There are three doctors from the congregation who are going to stop by and see about physical therapy and other needs . . . Hallelujah!

Virginia is doing better. But a long way to go. Her mother tells me that her bed sores are shrinking. It hurts her to move, but she bears it well.

When I got to walk into her small sunny her-mother-has-been-here-squeaky-clean room I see Virginia resting on her left side. She is dressed in a long sleeve colorful cotton shirt, and her hair is lovingly pulled back and in a braid.

Virginia is sleeping, her mouth loosely hanging open. But when we come I and touch her shoulder she wakes. One eye seems a bit lazy, and they don't find me right away - but when they do lock on to my face Virginia breaks into a huge smile and her body starts shaking. Is she laughing? Is she just really excited to see me?

All I know is that I almost start to cry.

Her right hand is cupped and all in all I'm reminded of someone who has suffered a stroke. Her left side not moving at all.

She is able to sign to us just a bit . . . "yes" (in Mexican Sing Language "yes" is just a movement of the pinky) and some letters.

With effort we see that she is making the letters "M" and "A" . . . my sign name.

I sign to her the plans of the church, I explain the men visitors, and then my own visit.
She smiles, she shakes . . . .

I sign to her . . . "I think you have lots to say in your head, but can't get out to your hands"

She signs "yes"

Later I bring in my soon-to-be 4 month old and hold him in her gaze.

Big Smile
Big Shakes

and she moves with a lot of effort . . . .struggling to bring her two fingers to her chin . . . doesn't quite reach her chin . . but I know what she is signing . . .

She is signing "cute"

7 comments:

Mike said...

Always great to read Virginia is doing better, and a lot care for her.


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K in the Mirror said...

Praise God!

kellygirl said...

Oh Michelle...that is so very awesome. Although I made the mistake of reading this at work!
I am so very glad she is taking baby steps to get better. I love that she can sign just a little..even if it's just a little 'si'. It is wonderful that the hearing church is surrounding them/y'all and she will be getting the help and physical therapy she needs. Thank You Lord!

sarahgrace said...

I'm so glad she is doing better. I got all teary eyed reading this.

dandelion dust said...

I am so glad she's home now and pray for her continued recovering

Rosemarie said...

Praying for God's healing hands to continually touch Virginia throughout this season...and always. I believe her testimony will be shared and change hearts. PTL!

Brittney said...

Wow... tears! I love virginia... love her! I'm so happy she is doing better. It'll be a long road, but she has Jesus. You are such a blessing! I will be praying for you all... and I pray that lonnie gets through this surgery well. We miss you... let us know if there is anything we can do from here.