This week is the second year Anniversary of Andrew's accident. How many times we have heard that your life can change in a blink of an eye.... Andrew has made many improvements in the past two years but not one of them has occurred in a blink of an eye. We keep pushing everyday, looking for ways to unlock brain function, every new challenge for Andrew that he can master can help put the pieces of his puzzle together.
We continue to go to Illinois twice a week for therapy, Andrew does really well in the first session and he is wiped out by the end of the second session. It is mentally exhausting and even keeping his head up by the time we leave is difficult. He loves the banter that goes on between the patients and staff, the other week he couldn't help but hear a conversation that was going on and he started to laugh. They all turned to quiet Andrew and started to laugh with him!
We have a set of home exercises that we do with Andrew that we were taught at the new therapy. One is pinching his thumb and index finger together to the beat of a metronome, which is an app you can download for free. When Andrew started this exercise I remember four in a row was the record to beat. He can now do 50-70 in a row, not saying it's to the beat, but he is connecting his fingers without sticking a thumbs up every 10 seconds. I consider this a small victory! We are also quizzing Andrew about different smells. I use to do this casually as I needed a spice or just in the kitchen, but this Saturday Doc suggested we give Andrew something to smell in his right nostril and then give him three choices to decide what was the smell. We still "quiz" Andrew on daily events, but it is time to up the game on other cognitive activities.
Reins of Life horseback riding start in two weeks, it will be great to get Andrew back in the saddle. I hope we can see a visible difference from the way Andrew sat in the saddle last fall, as well as keeping his head up higher and longer.
Thanks for standing with us on Andrew's road to recovery, it would be a lonely road without all of the support. We are grateful for every small victory and we pray that Andrew's brain continues to heal, that the pathways and connections become clearer and easier for him to command his body. We wish all of Team Andrew a Blessed Easter.