One day at a time, Sweet Jesus, that's all I'm asking from you.
Today Rick walked 150 feet pushing the shopping cart. Again, he had minimal assist from Katie up top and moderate assist from Olivia with his feet. If he can walk 150 feet consistently, with the aid of only one person, then great things can happen. First, he can quit taking his blood thinner which is a shot in the belly once a day that they have trained me to give. I can do it, but I'd rather not have to! The 2nd thing is he can get a bump in his FIM score!
He was sleepy today, and nodded yes to Julia this morning when she asked if he was tired. He still did really, really good today. In speech therapy Christina held up two objects at a time, like a mirror and a salt shaker. And then she'd say, "can you grab the salt shaker?" and he would. then she'd say "what would you do with that?" and he'd shake it! He did that with a hammer, hairbrush, mirror, dice, knife, etc. The funniest thing was the mirror. He held the mirror up to his face and looked at himself. I said, "your lookin' good Rick, what do you think?" and he crinkled his nose up like "nah"! It was really funny. He's really just so spontaneous now, and so aware of everything around him. If he wants something he'll either reach for me, or if he's close enough, he'll tap on me on the shoulder and try to tell me what he wants.
We have come so far. And he is doing so good...we'll get there...one day at a time. Thanks for all the support. I appreciate the e-mails and cards and reponses on the blog. Please know that I may not be able to respond to everyone of them, but I read all of them.