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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Update - Kathleen

The last few days have been full! As all of you know we're out of ICU! Cale has been making huge progress, the nurse yesterday said "dramatic progress" :) Occupational and Physical Therapy were here yesterday and did some movements with Cale to stretch him out. They also sat him up and let his legs dangle! It was so great! They had to hold him up and he wasn't able to hold his head up on his own but it's something to work towards!

The speech therapist has also come in. She was in on Thursday and again yesterday and today and put a little valve in his trach to help him talk. It allows him to breathe in through the Trach and then out through his mouth. He isn't talking yet (I can't wait for that!!!) but he has made a few weird noises, not purposeful yet. She showed Kathy and I how to put the valve in and take it out, also how to clean it.

I've also been getting to help with his care! It's been so great. While Cale was deployed this last year I took a CNA class and worked as a CNA for 6 months in the Tri-Cities. I never knew why I took the class. I've never had any interest in medical but God seemed to allow that door to open and not let any other doors open. I really enjoyed what I was doing but towards December when I was getting ready to head back to NY I was thinking, I'm not sure if I ever want to do anything medical again! Well...looking at it all now, God knew this was all going to happen and I get to be even more apart of Cale's care and feel confident helping because of it!

Cale is still moving his arms a lot and trying to pull out his tubes. The last couple days he hasn't been following commands like he was. I'm trying not to get discouraged since he's come so far already so fast. He has been yawning a lot which the doctors said it's a sign that he's close to waking up. The 17th is our 5 year anniversary so I keep telling him he's not going to get away with sleeping through it! :) They brought in a busy mat which we lay across his lap and it has different things for him to feel and touch but so far he still wants the tubes :)

A verse that has been standing out in so many places since the accident, especially the last 2 days is Isaiah 41:10 "Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand." What a verse for God to give me :) I keep seeing it everywhere!

While I've been typing Cale's trach size has gone down from an 8 to a 6! The process to get that out has started! Praise God! It'll be so nice not to have to see this tube coming out of his throat!

Yikes! There was lots to write! Rachel flies in tonight and mama flies out early Thursday morning so this week is going to be a little emotional. Thank you everyone for all of the support!


  1. hey tell him if he wakes up for anniversry he can have mt know he needs it.if he drinks it like you brother:) im so happy to hear hes out of icu and pulling at his tubes is normal.caleb would do that all the time with his feeding has to feel ya deb

  2. Tamara L. Host3/9/10, 8:23 PM

    This is so great...I am so proud of all of you for your great strength...It's got to be rough for you...It truly amazes me when I read about Cale's progress...He is strong and willful and a miracle of God...My heart goes out to you all...You're always in my prayers

  3. Cale's recovery is truly a miracle! We continue to pray and wait for God to fully restore him to how he was before! Or maybe even better! Hang in there Kathleen!


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