by Chad Morris
People keep asking about my girl, Maddie, so I thought I should give you the update. It has been over a month since her neurosurgery and she is doing really well. She’s back in school and mentally sharp. She rocked her latest report card (thanks to the teachers who worked with her on make-up work) and loves to crack jokes (She really has some great timing). In fact, the night before April Fool’s, she and her older brother conspired to draw mustaches on their younger brothers while they slept.
She can see well and I think her peripheral vision is even improving a little. She has back all the movement she lost on her left side and is getting stronger. She’s even back to breaking out in a few crazy dance moves every now and then. Maddie is also getting used to the small pharmacy of meds she has to take. Such a trooper. And the docs approved her to go on a vacation!
Shelly and I have noticed that she giggles more than before. What an awesome side effect! I don’t know if certain hormone levels have changed, or if she just wants a good reason to laugh after all she has been through, but she breaks out at the littlest things. To a mom and dad who love a little comedy, this is just plain awesome. We haven’t made her pee her pants yet, but perhaps we’ve gotten close.
On a related note, I met Carolyn Swerdloff from Simon and Schuster when I helped out with Brandon Mull’s launch party. She had heard about Maddie and asked if she could send her some books. Of course I agreed. Well, we got a box this week full of awesomeness for the whole family. Maddie is devouring some Dork Diaries while the boys are snagged some Captain Awesome, Keeper of the Lost Cities, and even Bad Unicorn (It doesn’t come out until April 15). That was extremely nice! Thanks Carolyn and S&S! It reminded me of others of you that sent books for my kids! They love those as well. You are fantastic.
We are still hoping her pituitary will kick back in, but all in all, Maddie is rockin’ it after surgery. Thanks again for all the support, help, and prayers.
I have also been asked a lot how my book is doing and how I like touring. Maybe I’ll tackle that one tomorrow.