Okay, so you already know we had a great day, but let me give you some details. The day started with speech therapy. Rick has been wearing a speaking valve over his trach for a couple of days. They are tricky to learn how to use, and although he tries to say a lot of things we haven't really been able to hear him yet. During speech therapy Vanessa rubbed salt and sugar in his mouth and he didn't really know what to make of that...but he perked right up when she gave him ice. He handled it really well, and was able to swallow very good. He mouthed the words "more" and "water" during therapy. She also put coffee on a sponge and swabbed that in his mouth. Vanessa is definetly Rick's new best friend! We took him outside again today for about 30 minutes. When we brought him in Singing Bee was on TV and he sat in the geri chair and watched it for an hour...of course Sherry was singing along and that kept him pretty awake. He continues to smile and stick his tongue out. He wiggles his eyebrows and toes and we've seen some leg movement on the right side. He gained another 2.5 lbs this week...up to 157.5! He's been awake the majority of the day.
The doctor from Baylor called me this afternoon, & we had a 30 minute interview. Afterwards they said they would call me back and let me know something. About 30 minutes later I got the good news. There is some labwork, & tests they want done before we get there, so it will probably be Monday before we leave.
We thank the Lord for this blessing...such a huge step toward Rick's recovery...another step in God's plan. We continue to trust Him and have faith in Him, and KNOW that he will heal Rick.
Thanks for all you prayers...God's not only listening, he's answering.