I came to Salt Lake late last night from St. George and I spent time with Jessica this morning. While I was there, she played with "Grandma's itouch", painted a picture and put together a Toy Story puzzle. Her lungs are not improving as much as they had hoped so she continues to stay in the PICU. Jessica is anxious to return back to the 4th floor where she will be able to eat. All patients in the PICU can only be fed through a feeding tube. Although she is getting plenty of nutrients, she feels hungry and wants to eat real food. Chandra told me about a coversation she had with Jessica last night as they were both going to sleep. Wanting to know what she would be able to eat, she asked her mom, "Do they have cheese quesadillas with ranch here? What about noodles?" As Chandra and Jessica were both almost asleep, Jessica said, "What about bananas?" She then said, "Okay mom, you can go to sleep now."
Chandra, Cody and baby Jacob continue to stay at the hospital around the clock. Jacob is not allowed in the PICU so they take turns staying with Jessica while the other stays with Jacob in the waiting room. Alyson and Caleb continue to stay with Grandma Chipman at my sister Amelia's house in Farmington where they are enjoying their time with cousins. Their oldest daughter, Annalise, is staying with her Grandma and Grandpa Schmitt in Idaho where she is having a great time. Chandra and Cody are being so strong at this difficult time and are so grateful to all of the well wishes coming from people they know and from complete strangers.
Sara (Chandra's sister)