From Brian: It has been a couple weeks since my last update, but it seems to take that long now a days for there to be something to report on. This week was Amanda's first without any Physical Therapy. She has "graduated" from that portion of her recovery as she has met all of the goals they set for her. She is still far from being 100% and will need to continue working out on her own to gain additional strength, speed, and balance. She was just told this week that her Speech Therapy will more than likely be finished in the middle of January. As she still can't drive or work, her Occupational Therapy will last longer. Amanda continues to be frustrated when trying to speak clearly, remember certain words, and put sentences together accurately. She still complains of slowness, clumsiness, and tiredness also. It is difficult for her to get through a day without taking a nap. These are all consequences of the brain sheering that she suffered. The doctors were right when they said it would take several months for those connections in her brain to heal. It has been a lesson in patience for all of us and we will get through it together.
It the midst of the business, I finally took some time to organize the pictures and videos we have compiled from the last few months. Amanda was very interested in seeing the pictures of her right after the accident. Although I did show her some before, she really didn't remember seeing them. She was shocked to see how bad it was and it gave her some appreciation for how much she has heeled so far. Everyone that sees her tells her how good she looks, regardless of whether they know how bad it was at the beginning. She really is a miracle in the fact that she is here and how far she has come. She is so thankful for all that God has done these last few months.
The girls are doing well. They have been having a lot of fun in the snow the last week and are really excited for Christmas. Kylie has been doing great at basketball as she is improving each week and has been scoring points the last couple games. It has been great for her confidence. She has one more counseling session before her evaluation period is completed. We will then find out if she needs treatment or not. Alyssa is her usual goofy self and brings so much laughter into our family. We are so blessed to have two amazing girls who are so loving and spirited.
Amanda, Kylie, Alyssa, and I want to wish everyone a safe and blessed Christmas & New Year. We are looking forward to a new year of hope, love, and new beginnings. All of which we praise God for each and every day. Love to all!