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February 7

We got through the first day of therapy and it was exhausting for both of us.  Payne met with 4 different therapists in the AM and then repeated with two of them in the afternoon.  Counting back I think I met with 5 different doctors and 8 different therapists, social workers, etc in addition to all his nurses.  It is definitely a team effort.  The first thing they do each morning is get him dressed in regular clothes.  It was nice to see him in a T-shirt and shorts.  In addition to all his therapies, yesterday he was visited by a team from the Mike Furrey Foundation who gave him a Basket of Hope.  This held items that a 16 year boy would like such as a basketball, OSU cinch bag, Axe cologne, etc.  Mike Furrey is a former NFL player from the Columbus area who now coaches at Marshall University.  The best part of the whole thing is that when the two gentleman said goodbye to Payne, he reached out and shook both of their hands.  He now gives us a thumbs up for yes (most of the time) and gives high 5's.  It takes awhile for him to process it and he is slow in motion, but he is able to follow the commands.   Slowly but surely his brain his healing and he is starting to relearn some simple tasks.  It is going to be a long, slow road however, so far he learns something new each day.  WHIO TV is going to run news story on all the support he has received tonight during the 5 PM news.  For those of you who are out of town, you might be able to see it on their website after it airs.  A side note to Payne's friends:  as I write this, Payne is watching Sponge Bob on TV.  Of course he is watching this with pretty good focus!
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Eric Smith
By Eric Smith
Progress is great to hear! We are all continuing to pray for you and the family. Let Audrey and I know if you need anything.
Debbie Gross
By Mike, Debbie, Josh, Danielle, Jess and Jana Gross
Great updates. We are so thankful you are sharing all his progress. Glad Shelby is closer and able to visit Payne and you more often. I'm sure that gives you comfort having her near.
Shannon Martin
By Phil and Shannon
Thinking of you all and continuing to pray!
Charlene Morris
By Chip and char
We will definitely try to see it on their web site. It's great to hear that he is responding to commands. I know you probably see little signs of Payne coming back daily. We are all keeping him in our prayers.
cheri schumacher
By Cheri, Tim, Josh, and Lindsay Schumacher
Wow! Sounds like Payne is getting amazing help there. How awesome that Payne gives high 5's. I am just amazed reading all of Payne's accomplishments. He has made such amazing feats!
Jesse Kates
So grateful and encouraged that you all are getting such support from everyone, from the medical staff to your community. It can't be easy, but hopefully many hands make the work lighter!
Shawn Clark
By Shawn Clark
Prayed for Payne's recovery this morning at mom's prayer group in Nashville!!! Praise God for his progress and praying for his new team in Columbus! Praying and Believing for his complete healing!!!
Kathy & Ken Kingston
By Ken & Kathy Kingston
Such exciting news!! What a glorious day for Payne! God cannot be outdone! We continue to pray for complete healing and to praise Him for His immeasurable grace. Holding you all up every day. I can't wait to share today's news with the out-of-state warriors who are on their knees wit us. May God's wisdom, power, and peace keep and encourage you every moment. You go, Payne--thumbs-up to YOU, young man!
Brock Bowman
By Brock Bowman
Perfect!! Spongebob is a perfect show to watch for any aged kid!! I am sure this is exhausting for the family as well as Payne. Don't forget to get some rest yourself! You are all still in my prayers!
Jean Annas
By Jean Annas
What a great update today! So many things to be thankful for--this great facility so close to home, a brain that is healing, continued progress each day, and an army of prayer warriors! You go Payne! Continuing to hold you all-- Mark, Jenness, Shelby, Payne, grandparents, Drs, therapists et all in prayer and expecting the miracles to continue. PS--perhaps soon the buds can gather for a Sponge Bob viewing party in Columbus! (Jean, Richard, Stephen & Jason)
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