Dakota was sitting at the steps with her feet in the water as usual. Something she has always done since her accident. If you have not read about her accident yet, you can read it here. This post will make a lot more sense if you do. Before we were headed out of the pool back to the playground, I asked Dakota one last time if she was sure she didn't want to come inside.
Surprisingly... she agreed and let me carry her in the water. I was so proud of her!!
It took 13 months to the date of her accident (June 2, 2011) and close to the exact time that she became responsive in the emergency room.
She has talked about her drowning all this time and has been so terrified to get back in the water. Asking very detailed questions and dissecting my every answer about that day.
I had to force her to get out because she did not want to leave. I am so happy that she is moving on and that we trusted her to make the choice on her own. Her face was so filled with joy when we were swimming around in the water. She would not let go of my neck but I know she will be okay and that's all that matters.
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