Just a quick couple of notes:
The young man who injured his arm during a basketball game last year is doing well. He still attends PT to increase muscle strength and range of movement in his arm. I'm not sure how long he will continue to need PT. When I was talking to him recently, he showed me that he will never be able to fully extend his arm to a straight position. He can move his arm, pulling it in to his body and extending it almost completely out again and, I imagine, rotating it well. Otherwise, he is in good health, although he probably has dealt with/will continue to deal with the frustration of not being able to move his arm the way he used to. I'm sure he and his family appreciate your prayers for him.
Katie's headaches have become manageable. She is able to handle them a bit better, taking medicine as needed and getting more rest. These headaches do not occur constantly, just often enough to be a pain.......pardon the pun! Her back aches at times as well, leading us to believe she is simply entering the more womanly part of her life. Thank you for your concern.
Dear Barbara Williams Melton, I am not ignoring you, though I can see why that might appear to be the case! I left you a reply a couple of weeks ago, but I think you may have missed it due to my delayed reply time. If you already have my phone number, I'll tell you the best time to reach me is at home in the evenings. If you do not have my number, I'll try to find a way to get it to you without posting it here on the blog for the world to obtain!!! Either way, I would love to talk to you.
A quick prayer request: without divulging too many details, Dale's PT is facing some tough medical decisions concerning her son. He is just a boy, full of life and sweet, according to her, and she and her husband are trying not to worry while they wait for the doctor's assessment. Please pray that God will do exactly what is best for this family who have, by proxy, become important to us because she (the mom) is Dale's PT and has done so much for him. I'll give you updates if I can.
Lastly, if someone asks a question or voices an opinion in a comment and I don't reply to it immediately---or ever---please don't feel slighted. I am terrible about returning phone calls, replying to letters, or even remembering someone asked me a question to begin with! (It took me two weeks to remember to write The Columbian and ask for a copy of the paper in which they covered the Real Heroes Breakfast. See?) So, it's not that your questions or comments are unimportant to me or my family's situation, it's more that I'm just scatter-brained!!! I would claim blonde roots, but those disappeared long ago. ;-)
I cannot say enough how much everyone's prayers and support have meant to our family. There are times when I feel all alone and times when I know my wonderful husband just gets overwhelmed by the enormity of it all. It is at these times that our loving Heavenly Father brings to mind something one of you has said in a comment or something recently preached about at church. We need not feel alone; we know our God is with us always, and we feel your prayers and love encouraging us too. God bless you caring people for continuing to care about our son and all of us.
Philippians 1:3 "I thank my God upon every remembrance of you."