This will be quick as we have a home game starting in about twenty minutes! There are alot of little improvements and blessings to report that have occurred since the last update; I will only list a few right now (see previous sentence!).
Dale seems to be "waking up" more and more nowadays. Not that he's been walking around in a dream-like state---just that he is asking more questions now about his accident and remembering things somewhat better now. I say that cautiously.....Dale still is struggling with short-term memory loss even about events that have happened in the last month. For instance, our school secretary handed me Dale's school picture this week. Dale took one look at it and said, "I don't remember having my picture taken." Mind you, the picture was taken the last week of November. But we are still too close to the accident date to determine if Dale will have lasting memory deficits; he's improving daily in so many areas that it is impossible to predict what lasting effects he may suffer three, six, twelve months from now. Praise the Lord and Yeeee-Haaawww!!!
Did you notice Dale's new picture for his profile? That is the aforementioned school picture, the most recent shot we have of our son. Isn't he handsome/cute? He's still young enough that I can call him cute.....just not to his face! I also updated his profile, although most of the information you already have gleaned from this blog.
Daily, it seems, Dale is returning to his normal saucy self. Yesterday, Chad and I encouraged him to get up and play the Kinect for exercise. Dale didn't want to at first. I said, "You need to get off the couch and get moving." His reply? "I'm walking!" Clearly, this was not enough, so Dale and Amanda played Kinect sports games for a while. She said Dale did really well, lasting through two games before asking to take a break. Of course, he attends PT twice a week and does walk, climb stairs, etc. all the time---he just wanted to be lazy!
Thinking back to that first traumatic weekend, waiting to see if Dale would live or go on home to Heaven, watching each time the nurse or doctor performed "responsiveness" tests on Dale, our hearts breaking a little more each time Dale didn't respond, hearing the doctor's pronouncement that in reality there was no hope.........and seeing my son play the Kinect, hearing him tell jokes once again, knowing God is still using His indescribable healing power on Dale's brain, watching Dale "wake up" a little more each day.......I can only say: We serve a living God. We don't worship a dead Saviour Whose power ended on the cross. We serve a risen Saviour, a powerful Creator, a miracle-working Almighty God Who is showing each day just how BIG He really is! Chad and I have said from the beginning that God is good no matter what and we trust Him no matter what. God has decided in His infinite wisdom to allow our son to recover from the accident; I believe it is so that everyone may see His mighty hand at work. He is truly wonderful, awesome, majestic, and always right. Thank You, my Father, for what You have planned for Dale and our family and, indeed, all Your children. I love You, Lord.
Romans 5: 1 - 5 "Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By Whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us."