Happy New Year! When I tell Andrew the date in the morning I usually say "can you believe it is 2016?" He always answers with a head nod no, well me either, and pretty much everyone else feels the same. We hope a lot of improvements happen this year, as well as good things for all people suffering from TBI and other issues. As always we will be grateful for every gain no matter how big or how small.
Right after Christmas, Andrew was sitting in his chair with his legs at 90 degrees and he lifted his right leg keeping the bend straight up! I was so amazed, so part of our workouts are to continue lifting that leg and strengthening not only the muscle but the pathway from brain to muscle. Andrew is also making sounds constantly, the "F's" are a favorites right now. Kurt brought home this really cool wooden whistle from Germany for Andrew and he loves it. He puts his finger over the hole and plays a little tune. A perfect tool for exhaling, and he is doing a fabulous job. We have started trying to get Andrew to lift his butt up off the mat when lying on his back. Cate and I were working with him yesterday tapping his glutes while i was pushing his legs forward asking him to put weight into his heals. I know it was the tone kicking in on the left side but he was getting his butt up. Something to build on, and anyway to strengthen those muscles is a blessing.
Six weeks of physical therapy, and occupational therapy are going to start soon. Looking forward to getting new ideas, and pumping me up to better help Andrew. It is the perfect time of year to have people come to the house, it is easier for them to get out in the snow and cold than it is for Andrew.
Yesterday, I offered Andrew a clementine or an apple for a snack he reached out and grabbed the apple. I always cut it up for him but asked if he would like to eat it whole? He said yes, the first two bites were difficult, and i had to rotate it for him but he did it! That was his victory yesterday and it was great to experience it with him. I hope he choose an apple today so I can watch him do it again!
We wish you many personal victories in 2016! Thank you for your continued support and prayers for Andrew and our family. We could not do it without your help. We pray for the continued healing of Andrew's brain, amen.