Monday, October 14, 2013

Just a little update.....

We continue to see small improvements in Adam's abilities daily.
He's moving all of his fingers now! No strength and very little grip, but he is moving them.
He's also continuing to take some steps with the walker and therapists and practice his strength by standing and transferring in/out of his bed and wheelchair. 
He's doing really great for how recently his injury was.
He was weighed the other day. He's lost 17lbs.

His spirits are quite good. I have yet to see him down, frustrated, or angry about any of this. 
I have seen him be moved to tears by your blog and facebook comments and by cards and generosity sent.
I have seen him joke around with his therapists and give his nurses a hard time.
I have also seen him struggle and push through his therapy with sheer determination as he does movement and exercises that most of us would consider normal, everyday activities. 
I have also seen him bring up God, faith and church with those that he comes into contact with.

The boys and I are attempting to get into some sort of new "normal" during this season.
I'm making trips to the hospital 1-2 times every day.
We're trying to be back at church as often as we can. I'm trying not to miss much of a beat with schoolwork and events. I have lamented a bit at the beautiful early fall weather we have been having and feeling like there are so many opportunities for fun family activities, although right now our sparse family activities consist of busy traffic and parking garages, trying to keep young kids entertained in a hospital setting, and rides through the halls on a wheelchair. 
I know I should be grateful for what we have. And I am. 
The weariness of activity is setting in at times though.
And the other side of the bed feels awfully empty at night.
But people's thoughtfulness, presence, support, and prayers continue to encourage us.
And we know that God will continue to comfort and strengthen us.

And Adam's mom continues to extend her stay in town. Just not quite ready to leave yet. :) It's been helpful to have her here and not have to call in other "troops" yet to help with the boys.
Plus, I've had girlfriends come and stay with us for these past two weekends. They've been helpful and good for my spirit also.

And because blog posts are better if there is a picture or two.....
Here are some pumpkins that Landon, Tate, and I painted the other night.
Someone had dropped off these pumpkins for us. 


Unknown said...

You two are such an encouragement to us. God is working miracles in Adam's life, slowly but surely and we are so grateful. Love seeing the pictures of Adam on his feet. We continue to pray for all of you.

Kelly Cartwright said...

Such awesome physical recovery in so little time! It may not seem like much sometimes (or maybe it does), but you have done some pretty radical things in the past few weeks with the help of God. Keep up the hard work, give your therapists a challenge even as they continue to challenge you. Be strengthened, and encouraged, and be blessed by those around you.

Colossians 1:10-11; And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyful give thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.

Sarah J Rippy said...

Each day is one step towards the journey on. Don't discount that even the small progress is huge! I remember so vividly my brother-in-laws challenges day by day. We would get a phone call every night with some kind of update/setback. We struggled to stay positive, but my sister-in-law was unwavering in her faith. She managed the daily visits, overnight vigils and shared help for the children. I still am amazed at the length of the road they traveled. God was good and Jerry is healthy and well today - many of us couldn't see it, but God has plans - and he does for you, too!

Anonymous said...

I found out about your situation through Facebook ... through college friends of my husband. My 48-year-old husband had a really bad brain hemorrhage in May. He was left pretty brain damaged. We lost our home because of it and it has just caused a massive fallout. He has been learning to walk and move his fingers and leg again ... talk ... I understand much of what you are going through, and it does get better one small step at a time. You're in my thoughts and prayers.

Danielle Vaughn said...

We are so blessed and excited about all the victories that Adam has been able to have in his recovery! We continue to pray daily for you guys - we miss you! Thanks for letting us stay connected with your journey!

Jenn said...

Becca, you are a marvelous mother. Your parenting skills are top notch, and the example you set for your boys by the priorities you set in your life are to be applauded. Do not take for granted what your part in this season will speak to them as they someday look for a mate. Way to go friend.

EFarrer said...

I went to high school with Adam and learned about his accident through Facebook. I will pray for him and your family to continue to find the strength through this recovery process.