Well, our first full day at Pate was a total success! Dr. Carlile and the team said to expect a bit of a backslide just because of the adjustment to a new place...but Rick's not a backslider! He would've made Dr. C and all the gals at BIR proud today. We had our first successful trip to the potty today...that is HUGE! He had is OT eval this morning. His OT's name is Leah and she had a lot of time to spend with him. She asked him to take his shirt off...and with a little assistance and about 5 minutes he successfully took it off! And he's using his left hand and arm more and more. He was able to follow every command asked of him, and did a lot of tasks while standing in the standing frame. This has been another thing we worked on at BIR...standing and doing another task at the same time. He performed several tasks while standing today...I was so proud of him. He had his speech eval today too, and handled about 10 sips of water from a teaspoon without a single cough. He didn't have any voice today, but was able to get some good breath sounds. The other BIG thing he did today was write the # 2 on a piece of paper. The speech therapist asked him to write his name, which he tried and as all attempts before it's too small and scratched to read. But then she drew the # 2 and asked him to make one as well...it was perfect! Then he walked with a smaller, less sturdy gait trainer. It had no harness support at all and he walked about 120 feet. He has really impressed everyone here. The other thing that is so funny is that at meal times we now eat in a dining room with everyone else, and although Rick has made several attempts to feed himself and does well, now it's like he looks around and sees everyone else feeding themselves and knows he needs to, too.
I figured today would be a dud especially after the rest he got last night which wasn't much. His bed was too short and his feet were hanging over the footboard. I didn't get any sleep either as I was constantly checking on him...just like having a newborn...you jump at every little peep!
God continues to bless us and guide our path. Thanks again to all our encouragers.
Our new address is:
10057 County Rd 472
Anna, TX 75409
Attn: Rick Kieschnick West Campus
Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard for out of it flow the springs of life. Put away from you false and dishonest speech and willful and contrary talk put far from you. Let you eyes look right on (with fixed purpose), and let you gaze be straight before you. Proverbs 4:23-25
I will post pictures ASAP!