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The next steps in the journey. . .

Today Matthew moves in to Casa Colina's Transitional Living Center.  His neurologist, psychiatrist and psychologist all agreed (there's nothing like getting ganged up on!) and convinced the insurance that inpatient treatment would benefit Matthew.  Joe and I were convinced when the doctors shared that if this didn't happen, and we needed to pursue further options, we'd have great difficulty convincing our insurance to support anything else.  Then the psychologist came up with a plan we could live with, Matthew goes for his day treatment, comes home for dinner and showering, then goes back to spend the night during the week (home from 3:00 to about 8:00) and on Fridays he just comes home and stays all weekend.  

This will increase his independence and speed his recovery, at least that is their hope.  At home Joe and I seem to do too much for him, but how could we not?  We know how to raise kids, Tiffany and Joey are self-sufficient, independent, creative, . . . adults.  Matthew was well on his way to becoming the same kind of person, but if I can do something to make his life a little easier I guess I do it.  He's just been through so much, Joe's pretty much on that page too.  He and Matthew actually think that Joe is often the only one who knows how to help Matthew, and in some ways they are right.  We've let him become too dependent on us and now we have to let go a bit.

Matthew is NOT happy about this.  It took a month for him to get over his anxiety with the therapists at this treatment facility so they could see some progress.  Our concerns are many, but we don't want him to take a month to get used to this.  He had a pseudo-seizure last night that woke him because he is so anxious about this change.  The good news is that therapy is making progress now.  With the current psychologist and the addition of a homeopathic doctor that a dear friend has provided for now, we are seeing changes that encourage us.  No, he's not walking, but it seems like God has restored our hope and we can see a light at the end of this tunnel.  Please pray with us that this transition is easy on Matthew, and us, and that the progress continues until he is on his feet and completely restored!

He can have visitors at lunch time, if you would like to have lunch with him let me know and we can set something up.  He continues to be a social guy but the others at TLC are closer to our age than his, not so fun all the time.  We watched "McFarlan" last night, it came highly recommended.  At the end I said, "I really like that story, it was inspirational."  Matthew's response, "Me too, but I like mine better.  Mine's just not over yet."  Amen Matthew!
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Deborah Candelario
By Deborah Candelario (Teresa Larsen sister)
Matt you never cease to amaze me with your positive outlook, inspiration and strong faith. You are right, your story is not over yet and what a glorious story it will be!!! It's been a very long, hard road to say the least, but we have not given up and we continue to think about you and pray for you. Keep pushing Matt, I can wait to read the next chapter. In Christs love 🙅🙅🙅❤️❤️❤️
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Sally Haas
By Sally Haas
Change is difficult but most always good. You can do this Matt! Praying for you and your mom and dad. Praying for comfort, courage, strength and a sense of calm for you. And of course Joy!
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Tommie Archuleta
By The Archuleta's
In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.
—Psalm 5:3

That's right Matthew, God's not finished with your story yet! Praying and believing for full restoration.
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Tricia Herrera
By Tricia Herrera
You are great parents doing a great job in a difficult situation. I pray for Matt continually. I pray that this new step you are taking will bring Matt to full recovery quickly! It's all God's timing and I pray that timing is now.
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beth zellers
By Beth Z
I so understand how change can be scary......but with everything you encountered on this journey, welcome this......remember how Tiff was scared with her change and how well it has worked out......she has found independence, strength, and much happiness......so you being a Lipp....just think all that you can accomplish!
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patricia caceres
By Pattie Caceres, Resp Therapist @ KP:FH
I continue to pray for Matt. It's been along time but he can't ever give up! Keep up the good work,Matt. Yeah,your story will be awesome,too. Start picking the actors you want to play you and family in your movie "Lippstrong":)
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Kathy Arkle
By Kathy Arkle
This sounds like a great plan Matt!!!
I know you can surprise and impress everyone there!!!
You are inspirational to so many of us....keep it going!!!
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