Sunday, June 26, 2011

This past week was busy!  Terry made progress with his body strength, sitting alone longer.  We're still having a lot of difficulty with his legs.  It'll be a long journey getting them straight, I think.  Some days he seems to really try, others not so much.  He hasn't felt great this week, slept a lot, very quiet.

He loves to go but it really tires him out.  I took him out for breakfast yesterday and he didn't speak the entire time.  After, we drove around looking at houses.  He was so quiet!

This morning we went to worship service, out to lunch and he's back in bed.  Maybe it's the has been around 100 every day!  Anyway, please keep him in your prayers.  He's still making progress, just a little each day!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Yesterday was the best OT visit so far!  Terry responded almost immediately on every request!  Usually it takes a few minutes for him to toss a ball...yesterday he was actually catching it, too!  When Brandy placed the arm pedals in front of him he just reached up and started pedaling!  Before it's taken several minutes just to get his hands in position!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Terry's visit from the Physical Therapist was great today!  Eric usually has him sitting on the side of the bed, trying to improve his body core strength and balance.  While he was sitting up today Eric had him moving in a circle, just letting go and gently nudging him around.  Terry said, "You'd think I'd been drinking!"

He was holding a ball in his hands, not sure the purpose of that, but Eric asked him if he was taking his ball and going home, to which he replied, "No one will play with me!"

Later Eric asked him to straighten his arm for the blood pressure cuff and Terry said he had a certain level of resistance in his arm!

I'm sure this sounds silly, but to us it's phenomenal!

Oh, and after Eric put him back in bed he had Terry hold the trapeze and help us pull him up in bed!  That's a first!
Wow!  What a great start to the day!  I gave Terry his coffee in a cup with a lid and straw.  He drank part of it and then reached for my mug.  I said, "You have coffee right here", touching his cup and he replied, "It's cold." and reached for my mug.  I poured most of the coffee into another cup and gave him the mug.  He made several attempts to drink it (about an inch deep) and put it down saying, "It's a waste of time!".  I asked if it was because there wasn't much in it and he said yes, so I gave him the mug that was almost full!  Yikes!  I'd already gotten him up twice this morning (dressing him both times!).  I just didn't want him to spill coffee all over himself!  But, I let him try it.  He did it!  He held the mug and drank all of it by himself!!!!!!!  This is huge!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Terry's electric wheelchair was delivered today!  Talk about your Cadillac!  It has controls on the arm as well as on the back.  He's already fiddling with the controls and pushing buttons!  The man that delivered it showed him how to push the "joy" stick and he took off!  We had to stop it by turning off the power.  I have a feeling it won't be long before he'll understand how to use it.  Until then I'll work the controls (that is after I figure out how!)  Isaac and David where are you?!  It's like working a video game!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Terry is improving every day!  We had a trapeze put on his bed, so he can eventually pull up on it.  At first he couldn't reach high enough to hold  it, then Tuesday he attempted a chin up!  He reaches up and holds on to it with both hands!  Hopefully it won't be long before he's lifting himself.

We're still working on getting his legs completely straight, learning to sit up again, reaching for things, just anything to help with coordination and balance.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Terry had a great day yesterday!  He's making progress with therapy, feeding himself, talking more and more!  He talked on the phone with his Mom and sister (Tina).

This morning he was sitting in the back door looking out and I asked if he saw Tyler.  He said, "He's laying by that wall (fence) in the sun getting warm."  Uh, guess I keep it so cold in here even the dog has to go outside to warm up!

Terry told me what he wanted for breakfast, even how he wanted his eggs cooked!  He saw a bag of grapes on the counter and said "Dave will take care of those!"  (that's our grandson and he can eat a whole bag of grapes!)
That shows so much improvement in his thought processes!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Eating a breakfast biscuit, a rare treat.