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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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51 Comments

Ronda Potter
By Ronda, Larry, Jacob, and Camryn Potter
They had a little segment on Fox 45 last night and it was just so heartwarming to see all the love and support and prayers coming his way! So glad that Payne is settled in and I know that the road may be hard but the Potter family will continually pray that the road to recovery will not take so long.
marcie breese
By Marcie Breese
Payne, sounds like you are in a good place with lots of exciting things happening!! Keep working hard!
Diane Jackson
By Kevin, Diane, Sarah, Kristen, Brian, and Scott Jackson
Jennesse, your updates are truly inspirational to all of us. We keep Payne and your family in our prayers daily. The promo for tonight's piece on the news is terrific, can't wait to see the whole piece air at 5:00 PM. Please know we celebrate each victory with you!
Carol Hedrick
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God is good. Continued prayers for Payne and you all. Carol Hedrick
Michelle Hines Pernush
By Mike, Michelle, Nick and Alyssa Pernush
The Pernush's continue to keep him close to our hearts and in our prayers. Thank you so much for keeping us updated on his progress. We look forward to your updates every morning. It sounds like Payne is right where he belongs :)
Sheila Schurman Bernard
By Scott, Sheila and Peyton
We are so happy that Payne is progressing every day. Your entire family is in our thoughts and prayers. Stay strong!!
Sharon Baltzer
By Sharon Baltzer
Great news, Jenness!!! Keeping the prayers coming for complete recovery...and it sounds like he is well on his way!! Take care!
Ken Caldwell
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Sounds like you guys are in the right place Jenness. Looking forward to the piece on Channel 7 tonight at 5pm. I have seen multiple promotions for it on the channel. It is awesome that James Brown has personally gotten behind Paynes's story of how your son is changing the world around him. We continue to pray!
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Shari Bonn
By Shari Bonn
Jenness, I read your posts each day and am so glad to see your son is progressing!!! I know you say it will be a long road but to have your child back is a road well traveled.... Thinking of you and your family.
Trisha Duff
By Trisha Duff
We love you guys and are thinking about and praying for you every day. Jonathan is wearing his Play4Payne
t-shirt to school today in support!