For the first time since his surgery, Rick was able to sit on the edge of the mat with no support. He was able to keep his balance for 2 minutes while reaching out to touch Ashley's hand at various places around him. He also worked on leg lifts and bridges. After about 10 reps he can't do anymore. OT retaped his left shoulder and in speech he worked on making the "p", "b", and "m" sounds. For some reason it's really hard for him to close his mouth...it's even hard for him to take a bite of something if it requires biting down with his front teeth. It's gotten a little better since he got the pump. Another thing I've noticed is that his eyes are closing all the way when he sleeps now...not the whole time he's asleep, but at least part of the time. This afternoon he did standing frame and played Bingo at the same time. He did really good and was able to make several plays on his bingo card all by himself! He still had to have a nap after therapy, but I can tell his endurance is coming back.
People just keep reaching out to help us and I'm always overwhelmed by it. Please know we are so appreciative. God is in control and we have to trust him, but it makes it so much easier with all of you encouragers out there reminding me of that.