Monday, July 5, 2010
Well, Here Goes!
This is something I should've done a looong time ago! I have thought about it thousands of times, but could never bring myself to actually start typing. But, as the cliche goes...better late than never...right? So, here goes my first blog! It has been 15 months since Greg's accident. Waaaaay too long! It has been the toughest 15 months of my life. But, I do know that the Lord has completely healed Greg! Greg has now been at Casa Colina for a week! The picture above shows us on the way to Casa Colina. He is so ready for the intense therapy that they provide. I love that they have such high expectations for him there. They don't take excuses. They are working on getting him to stand, walk, eat, and use the toilet. Last week I got to be with him during physical therapy a couple of days. He did so well and I could really see him working hard! They put him in a standing frame, which is basically a chair that cranks up to standing position. They also put him on a machine that is like a walker. They strapped him in and had him put one foot in front of the other. He walked about 25 feet two days in a row! The last machine I've seen him on is called NuStep. It's sort of like a bike, but he has to move all four limbs. As soon as the therapist put him in the seat, Greg just started going with it! She didn't even have to tell him exactly what to do. He was so proud of himself! He had a HUGE smile and said, "Yay me!" Another thing I loved that I saw with the therapists is that they are so encouraging. They kept telling him that he's doing a good job. He really responds to that. Greg just kept saying "Yay me!" I think he's realizing that he can do these things! Today was a little different story in therapy. His physical therapist is gone until Thurs, so her assistant (whom Greg had not met until today) worked with him. He first tried to get Greg to walk with the walker, but Greg just kept sitting down. So, then he put Greg in the standing frame. Greg was not able to stand in it as long as he did last week because he was feeling pain in his back and his legs. I'm thinking that he is just sore from actually using his muscles more. He's been having good "workouts" and those muscles are getting a lot more use than they have in awhile. Greg's dad shaved him today, so he is all nice and clean cut again! It was great because Greg didn't resist (he used too!!!!), he just lifted his chin and let his dad shave. He just told his dad not to cut him! Right now I am focusing on praying that Greg will begin to eat. Greg has come a long way from where he was a year ago, but God is not done yet. Greg will be 110% whole!!
I also wanted to use this blog as an update on Ellie. She is 11 months old now and walking all over! She has discovered her independence! I am planning her first birthday party. It is amazing to me that in less than 4 weeks, she's going to be a year old! The baby stage goes by way too quickly. She is so much fun and she has brought so much joy to my life! Greg just loves her too!
I need help with a title for my blog! I'm not very creative with my words, so if you can help with that, please let me know!
Well that's it...until next time! (Now let's see how long it takes for me to write again!)