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Friday, March 26, 2010

Update - Kathleen

Good but hard day today. I talked with the neurologist this morning. I found out today that all the moving he's doing with his arms and legs, which they call "restlessness" is usually seen in Rancho level 4. She explained to me that the Rancho scale is cognitive, so 1 is deep coma like right after the accident. Cale is at the baseline of 3 right now. The more severe the brain injury, the sooner they see this. Cale was showing it in level 2. I already knew that his brain injury was severe and that he was in bad shape, but since I was seeing movement so soon, I was thinking that he was making such quick progress. I felt like he was getting better so quick and that in the back of my head the long road was going to be a lot shorter for us. Also, at the end of the conversation I asked how well she thought Cale was doing and she said that over the last 6 weeks his progress has been very slow and that's about how things are going to go. She said with how bad the injury was it's going to take a lot off time. Again, something I already knew but from what I was seeing and everything we've been typing on the blog has seemed to be moving so quickly. I'm not going to let this get me down and I know the future is in God's hands and that it's going to be His timing not the doctors, it was just hard to hear that all the moving wasn't because he's almost awake and better. I felt like I just wanted a fairy to sprinkle pretty sparkly dust over me, that would make me fall asleep until he was awake and could kiss me awake...fairy tales...God's plan is so much more exciting though!

On a happy note, the speech therapist was brushing Cale's teeth and had him grab the brush and try. He didn't quite get it but it really looked like he was trying to do the motion. Also he was in a wheelchair today! It was so great to see him dressed and sitting up! He didn't handle it for too long but it's a start! This afternoon they switched his room to a bigger one so it's nice to have more space. Beth and I are going to be decorating it and making it cozy :) PT asked me to bring in pictures so they can start showing him everyday. If you have a picture you would like to send so Cale can see you that would be great!


  1. Still praying for you both and will be lifting you up more so tonight. I love this verse and find comfort in it, I hope you will too:

    Ignoring what they said, Jesus told the ruler, "Don't be afraid, just believe." Mark 5:36

  2. As disappointing as the new info is, God creates miracles everday. Why not Cale? We will continually pray for your strength Kathleen as well as Cale's recovery.

  3. Kathleen,
    I read something in my Max Lucado devotional bible this morning that seemed appropriate. I wanted to share...
    "If he is able to place the stars in their sockets and suspend the sky like a curtain, do you think it remotely possible that God is able to guide your life?" He has a plan for you and for Cale. As we have said several times, there is a reason why Cale survived as well as why you weren't hurt to the extent that Cale was. God has a plan. Sit back and watch him roll out his plan. He will take you in your arms, embrace you, and lead you. Keep your faith and know that you are loved.
    Mandy Anderson

  4. Your New Life family is continuing to hold you in our prayers. Dont be discouraged. Just worship God and stay close to Him. He will give you a "Gods eye view" that will sustain you in the hard times. Through faith and patience we obtain the promise! We are with you all the way.

  5. Praying for your strength. Thank you for the update.
    Ron & Jill Shelby

  6. hi, i dont know you but i am a friend of TJ's. i just want you to know that i am praying for him.

    "Gracious words are like honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body"
    -Proverbs 16:24

    Don't ever give up and keep speaking to him, work with him. I pray that he gets well.

    Peter Ramirez

  7. Dear Kathleen,
    THANK YOU for taking the time to put your thoughts into words to share this experience with all of us! Please know that by doing this you are helping Cale, as we are all continuning to read the posts and pray for both of you! I think of you often throughout the day, and have shared your story with many family members and co workers. They now ask about you and want to keep posted on Cale's recovery. So you see, you really are helping him, as people you don't know, nor will probably ever meet are praying for you and Cale. Take care of yourself, my friend!
    All my LOVE to both of you,
    Lorri Cyphers

  8. Don't give up Kathleen! God has brought you this far and will be with you regardless of how short or long the road may be. We will be with you through all the movements and joys to come!! Miss you and Cale tons....coming up to see you soon :)


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