Friday, April 23, 2010

DAY 305 & 306

Well, we did it...we finished the week as good as we started it. The last couple of days, Rick has done LOTS of walking. And still walking really good...still pulling his left foot through good and not catching his toe. Today, the community outing was cancelled because they had planned to go to the park and have relay races. It was too cold and windy to go to the park, so we played frisbee golf in the hallways. He stood to throw the frisbee and then walked down the halls with the help of Laura and Meredith. When he was waiting his turn he would lean against the wall. The hallway is about 80 ft long. When he finally got the frisbee in the goal, he sat down for about 10 minutes to recoop and then walked back down the hall to his chair. When he wasn't walking, he was pedalling his wheelchair so, by the end of the day he was really tired. He has handled his thin liquids so well, that I'm not even worried about him choking anymore. He is now transferring to a regular chair to eat...just another way to get him out of the wheelchair more and more and make him stabilize his core and keep his balance while eating. Of course, it's no problem for Rick. By ending this week well, he has put together 3 great weeks in a row! Now that is progress!

I picked up the kids in Dickens and this time it was in a windstorm...gotta love west Texas weather. Speaking of West Texas weather, hope everyone in Motley and Cottle Counties survived the storms the last couple of nights...they were some doozies!

Praise God for all his healing, for creating a brain that can renew and restore itself, for giving us the strength and help we need to get through this and for all the encouragers that keep cheering us on!



  1. I love you all, can't wait to see you when we come home for the reunion. Troyce and Karen are going to be Daddy and Mommy, please pray that they can get past ten weeks period, they saw the heart beat on Thrusday. Praise the Lord and praise him for you too Rick I love you and am so proud of the progress. He is a good God!!!

  2. Crystal,
    Three weeks now in a row with this being the best yet? Praise God!!! And a new niece to boot, thank you Jesus for restoration and renewing. Let's Pray, Father we come before you with praise and thanksgiving and Father we thank you for all the good things you have done for Rick and Crystal. Father we thank you in advance for finishing the good work you have started in Rick. We thank you for his continued healing. We thank you for Rick being made whole from head to toe. Father we thank you for all you have done for Crystal and the rest of the family. Lord we also thank you for Ava Lynn and we pray for Adam and Lynette that all will go well with this new blessing and addition to the Smajstrla family. Father we pray for all of our leaders worldwide, give them wisdom, Godly wisdom, not just store bought intelligence. God Bless America, in Jesus Name we pray, Amen and Amen, in the Love of the Lord, later, Rick
    P.S. I have a couple of prayer request, please pray for Ann Elliott's health and also for a continued healing for my wife Sharyn, thanks a million, REV