We have an amazing God! Dale's assessment days are over; his "baseline" has been established. He is on the road to recovery! Yesterday during physical therapy he climbed stairs, walked up and down the halls, and even went outside for a few minutes. They had him use a shopping cart with long poles attached to the front for him to hold on to so that he would be more upright when he walked (he has been leaning way back). His speed is amazing---the therapist kept laughing about trying to keep up with Dale! During occupational therapy, Dale used a form of stationary bike to improve coordination. He followed light patterns on a wall display, pushing each button as it lit up. Dale even watched the therapist build a small cannon-like object using 5 or 6 pieces, then built one of his own. His speech class was thrilling---he would finish phrases like "brother and (sister)" and "up and (down)". Dale pointed to each person in the room as they were named; he was able to remember where the therapist "hid" the apple juice to enjoy later in the session, showing good memory skills. He is eating really well. He is now able to take "honey-thick" liquids from a spoon. Next week they will do another swallow study.
Thank you to everyone who has followed the story of what our God is doing with and through our son. We have a God Who hears and answers prayer, Who cares about each of us, Who considers no task too great or too small, Who can use all things for good and for His glory. Please continue to pray for Dale's recovery and for strength for our family as well. We are truly blessed to be chosen to be part of this miracle. Kirsten
Psalm 139:14 "I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well."