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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