Andrew Fant's Journal
Written Dec 9, 2013 8:11pmIt was an enjoyable weekend, no blood test was needed so we didn't have to venture out into the cold. It seems we have a check list a mile long of everything we need to work on with Andrew, as well as much needed rest.Andrew can now say "hi", it is a lot of work but if you are lucky enough to be on the receiving end of a "hi" it will make you so happy!!!!!! The focus he has while working on speech is wonderful, but you can see how hard he tries and when he can't make the sound that he wants he just gets louder and louder. The phrase inside voices is used a lot. Working on a few constants and the vowels, the more he moves his tongue even by eating will help shape sounds.P.T. And O.T. Are still working on body control and motor planning. Everything comes down to motor planning, there is no doubt he has improved with that since day rehab began. However, there is a long way to go and it is critical to his recovery. Repetition is what the brain likes and needs, so when Andrew can masters a task it is done over and over.We thank God for all of Andrew's improvements, all the wonderful and insightful people who have helped Andrew in some way during his recovery. We pray for Andrew's brain to continue to heal and reconnect, for his motor planning to improve in all possible ways, to stay healthy, and to have lots of reasons to smile, amen.
Written Dec 2, 2013 10:19pmLike everyone else a Monday after a holiday weekend can be a little rough! It was a bit hard to get up early this morning but once Andrew was awake he was a sport and went along with getting ready for therapy. We had a wonderful break and enjoyed visiting with many friends and family, we even went to the movies!Today for lunch Andrew had Thanksgiving leftovers, sweet potatoes, turkey and applesauce! He was very vocal today, at times he is better at controlling the volume of his voice and other times not so much. He continues with small improvements daily, two different therapist came up to him and complimented Andrew on his head control.Today Andrew visited with a yellow lab, the same dog who came last month. He pinched a dog treat between his finger and thumb to feed Meg, Andrew did this a few times, good o.t. therapy in a fun way. In p.t. Andrew put on what looked like a bullet proof vest, actually it was a weighted vest. Andrew did sitting balance exercises with it on as well as standing with it on. The last time he stood it was without the vest on and it made for a much easier "stand."We thank God for all the improvements big and small, we continue to pray for Andrew's brain to heal, for his mental and physical strength, for improved motor planning, for a restful night of sleep, amen.
Written Nov 27, 2013 10:28pmJim and I want to wish all of TEAM ANDREW a wonderful and meaningful Thanksgiving. I can honestly say we have always considered ourselves "lucky" for our health, family and friends. I am glad we were able to recognize how precious they all were and are. Thank you family, friends and friends we have never met, for lifting us up for the past eight months. The generosity and thoughtfulness is beyond anything I could have ever imagined for my family in need. I wish I could thank everyone by name and let you know how you have impacted our family, helped us without expecting anything in return. A true and perfect form of giving. What an example of what is good in this world, right here and right now.Happy Thanksgiving dear friends, wishing everyone safe travels, good conversation, great food, and lots of laughs with the people you love.