Praise the Lord! This is the best day Rick has ever had! Keep praying and keep praising! First thing this morning he ate so good...usually it takes me about 30 minutes to feed him breakfast, but this morning he had it down in about 15. Then OT came in to dress him. He helped pickup both feet to put his pants on, then raised his butt off the bed so we could pull them up under him...usually we have to roll him from side to side, but today he helped us. Then he put his right arm through his shirt and reached to pull it over his head too! So, then we told him it was time to get out of bed and he put both legs off the side of the bed and lifted his head, neck and shoulders up off the bed...it was great! In PT we worked on standing and sitting from the edge of the mat and he did really good. In speech therapy he was trying to talk. Then this afternoon he walked on the treadmill for 8 minutes and did some really good stepping. In OT this afternoon he did really good on the handbike and then we worked some more on standing. Julia and I were on each side of him with a table in front of him. She told him to stand up and he leaned forward, she had to pull up a little on his gait belt, but then it was all him, and he stood tall. Chris Mooney and Terry Haynes were here and Julia had Chris hold a cone and asked Rick to take it from him. Rick was holding on to the table and wasn't sure if he could do it, but with a little help he got his hand up there and took the cone...it was so awesome! And I wasn't helping him stand at all and Julia was giving only a moderate assist with the left hip...this is so good. AND he's been awake ALL day long...no fighting him to keep him awake. This is so good and I thank God for it. We're getting there...we're getting there!
Praise the Lord! Thank you Jesus! Thank you for reconnecting everything for Rick and for giving him the strength and the heart to keep fighting! AMEN!