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Hello Friends! It has been awhile since I have last had the chance to write an update. Truly we have been busy these last couple of weeks! But now I finally find myself with some minutes to myself. Malia is sleeping, Haidyn is at day care playing and learning, Isaac is at therapy, and the house is clean…at least for now. What have the Kolstad’s been up to you wonder? Well, moving back to Mankato to start! During the Thanksgiving week, we moved everyone and all of our things back to our home town. So really the adjustment of having everyone home again has taken up a lot of our time and our energy. We have had some trying times as this family of four tries to figure out how to meet everyone’s needs and function as a family again. The adjustment to home life after months in the hospital is coming along day after day, just as this whole journey has been day after day. But Isaac is home for real now and that also means, we had him with us for the holidays which was one our biggest hopes. Isaac is enjoying being at home with the girls more. They spend a lot of time playing and making up for lost time. Isaac and Haidyn play games both for fun and for therapy. It is the whole two birds with one stone deal and they are really enjoying the quality time they are able to have now that dad is home.
Isaac is traveling three days a week to the cities up and back for his continued outpatient therapy at Courage Kenny. He will continue speech, occupation, and physical therapy sessions there at least until late spring. He is also still going strong with the ABLE program that continues to be extended because of his great gains in the program! We were hoping that he would be able to reach the limit of 8mph on the treadmill and we are happy to report that he did!!! Isaac maxed out the treadmill and is the first of their knowledge to do so. But in doing that, we wore the poor thing out and they ended up needing a new one! Hopefully the new one that is being installed hopefully this week will be able to handle the speed and power of Mr. Isaac Kolstad! Isaac continues to work on his right side, balance, endurance, speed, conversational speech, and typing in his other therapies. The drive is still there in Isaac, he works hard every day and at each therapy session to get better. And with that comes the continued improvements.
It is a big day today; it is Isaac’s 25th birthday! Happy birthday hun! We are incredibly blessed to have this day and continue to celebrate the life of Isaac Kolstad. Lately, I have been reminded of those first few days after Isaac’s injury. I think back to the doubt that Isaac would be here today and that even if he was here that he would have been likely be in a vegetative state. He had a 3% chance of making some sort of recovery. 3% chance that he would be a functional person again. So here I am, in my home, with my 3% man! He made it and he succeed, despite the statistics, despite the doubt.
It tis’ the season for miracles, love, and being together. We understand more than ever what life means to us. We could not be more grateful than to be together in our home for the holidays to share this beautiful time celebrating what truly matters, health and happiness. We hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a wonderful holiday season as well. Love each other, hug a little tighter, appreciate every moment together- do that for us please! Thank you as always for following Isaac’s road to recovery and for supporting us. Everyone needs prayers, so please pray for everyone!
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