Andrew continues to get more control over his mouth, a few weeks ago he stuck his tongue out for the first time! He is making noises with his lips and tongue, as well as some sounds. His mouth is waking up and Andrew likes exploring what different things he now has control over. He has been working on exhaling through his mouth, his birthday is on the 11th and I keep telling him he needs to blow out his birthday candles.
We are currently having some home therapy which is awesome! Learning new exercises and different ways of achieving new skills. In p.t. we have been spending a lot of time in quadruped position. For the last few weeks Andrew has been supporting his own legs/hips and we would have a wedge under his forearms. Today Andrew spent 15 minutes on his hands and knees while I kept his right elbow from buckling and the p.t. gave Andrew's left arm some limited support! He then finished the rest of his therapy session, boy was he tired after that workout.
When Andrew is working you can see the different muscles on his left side "firing," his brain trying to figure out which muscles are necessary to get the job done. It is very positive to see this happening, even though we aren't getting the movements. Through all of Andrew's hard work that we ask of him he continues to keep a good attitude. He might shake his head no on occasion to a certain exercise but when we ask again he always says yes and gives it all he's got! Lately, Andrew has enjoyed teasing me and I love it. With a huge smile on his face he will tell me "no" to something we both know the answer is really yes. He thinks it is hilarious as he shakes his head back and forth while cracking himself up. Laughing comes very easy to Andrew and we thank God he has such a great sense of humor.
We give thanks to God for all of Andrew's progress big and small, for everyone who helps and supports his recovery, we continue our prayers for healing of Andrew's brain, for the brain to make new pathways, for his strength and endurance, for Andrew to learn how to make new sounds, to stay healthy,for the right people to find Andrew and help him on his recovery, and many reasons to laugh, amen.