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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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Anita Finnell
By Anita Finnell
Exciting news. It must feel good to feel like you are doing everything possible now for a quicker, better recovery, now that you are in Columbus. Is he still in a coma? So hard to believe that he is when he is doing so much. I pray the progress continues for everyone.
Doug Shoaff
By Pastor Doug
Sounds like Payne has hard work ahead, but the kind of work with great rewards. May His life find grace, strength and blessings through all of this.
Kim Hurst
By The Hurst family
It sounds like a wonderful facility. We get so excited from all the good news; good job Payne! Continued prayers for all of you.
Margie Weiss
By Margie Weiss
We are overjoyed that you are in Columbus and Payne is making such good progress. Thank you for keeping us updated. It is amazing the number of people that will be and are working with him. Keep up the good work, Payne!
Pam Hester
By Pam and Bob
This is just amazing! Wanted to tell you that Bob and I were watching Fox news at 10 pm last night and there was a story on Payne. Not sure if it is the same one that is airing tonight... they interviewed Perry Caldwell and his BFF. It was so touching. Bob and I are planning a visit soon. Keep it up Payne!
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Becky Brown
By Bruce and Becky Brown
Continued prayers for a full recovery!!
karen metzler
By Karen Metzler and family
Couldn't wait to read your post today to see how your first day went in Columbus. How exciting and yes I see how exhausting for all of you. The shaking hands and hi 5's made me smile. Small victories in the right direction everyday. God is with him every minute and we know He can do the impossible! Thanks for your daily updates. Stay strong and believe and we will keep the prayers coming your way.
Shari Ulring
By The Ulrings- Dave, Shari, Tony, Bethany and Lindsey
We are so happy to hear about Payne's progress, and it sounds like he is getting great care at this facility. Tony saw the news piece last night!
Dave Herick
By Dave and Kathi Herick
Gotta Love Sponge Bob! What guy doesn't! Prayers each day for all of you . . .
Mariann Whitt
By Mariann Whitt