I just realized that I never posted yesterday. I think that’s the first time since February 10th. Benj and I arrived here at 1:30 today and I couldn’t wait to see Mike!
He was gone when we got here, and we tracked him down in a hallway. He was just finishing up walking up and down a ramp. He is now able to move from the wheelchair to wherever he needs to be with just a little assistance from a nurse. That is a big improvement!
Mike has also obviously been eating! He is still skinny but his face looks much better. I really did not like the gaunt look. I think Gabbie will be much happier with the way he looks, too. Our friends from Luther have taken it upon themselves to help fatten him up. They stopped by briefly when they were in town, and brought a large bowl of Coldstone ice cream. There is more than enough for after dinner!
Benj and I went to speech therapy with Mike. He is very frustrated with the speed with which his speech is improving. The speech therapist today was very encouraging. She asked him questions about his beliefs and he was able to articulate what he wanted to, albeit slowly. She made a point of saying that for the time being it is best to try to say things simply, even though he normally wouldn’t do that. That is very diffcult for him. She mentioned that other clients she has seen who are intelligent are also frustrated with the simplicity and speed. I personally thougth it was a good conversation!
I drove the car up instead of the van, so I switched CDs, although I still listened to just Sovereign Grace CDs! Iwas listening to The Valley of Vision CD. It reminded me of when Mike asked someone who was visiting to read the 23rd Psalm. The person asked why, to which he said, “I’ve been to the valley of the shadow of death and I’m still here.” It’s a hard place to be, thankful for being alive but not progressing as fast as he wants. We are all working hard to keep the right perspective!