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Monday, July 5, 2010

Rock Star!

This is how the morning started off...

When Rachel and I first got to Cale's room, he had one shoe on, he was half dressed, and fighting with the therapists and the nurse. :) He didn't want to have anything to do with anybody. I stepped in to see if I could get him calmed down at all. I think he had me in a headlock at one point, but that's no biggie! The therapists decided they would leave him alone for a few minutes, hoping things might go a little better later. I kept talking to him and trying to cheer him up, the response was the sheet over his head again...he made his point!

It didn't take too long before his eyes started to open up and he was willing to go on with the day. We all have days that we wake up on the wrong side of the bed. :) I asked him if I could put his sock on and he nodded yes, the first time I had asked, he moved his foot to the other side of the bed so I couldn't reach it! Once we got past the morning, Cale ended up having a great day!

To start the day, I found out that Cale was accepted into an "Emerging Consciousness Program"! The program here at Wake, is actually finished already, we're just waiting for the military part of things to finish up. The next step has been a Skilled Nursing Facility. It wasn't what I wanted to do, but until Cale made it far enough along to be able to do rehab, that's what we were looking at. According to his prognosis, rehab wasn't going to be an option. I knew God was bigger and finally came to realize that a nursing home wasn't giving up on Cale, that God was still God, even there. I just didn't like the idea at all. Well, I met a wonderful family that told me about an option that might work for Cale. I immediately started to look into it, and today found out that Cale made it in! It's so exciting! When the Case Manager told me, my mouth dropped open, and I just starred at her. This is amazing! It was a slight chance that Cale would get in, and he did! God is so good! The facility is in California and as of right now, dates are unknown for when we'll be going. I'll keep updating as I know. The program will continue the type of therapy Cale is receiving here at Wake, and then we'll all pray that he'll progress and work right up through rehab!

Therapies were good today. Cale had a trouble walking this afternoon. I think his left leg must be hurting a little more today. The first speech session was good, but the second session was great! Well, both were great, but after the second session, Cale was called "The Rock Star"! haha! The speech therapist was using coins again. Cale ended up being able to separate them into piles; quarters with quarters, and dimes with dimes. When the speech therapist asked out of two different piles, which was worth more, he was able to point to the correct pile twice, and when she asked for two pennies, he gave her two. He counted quite a bit today! Not just with the money, but also I bought him some blocks today, that have numbers and letters on them. When I showed him the number, he would tap that many times! As of right now, he doesn't seem to recognize letters yet, but that will come!

He's still considered a 3 on the Rancho Los Amigos Scale:

1) be awake on and off during the day;
2) make more movements than before;
3) react more specifically to what he sees, hears or feels. For example, he may turn towards a sound, withdraw from pain, and attempt to watch a person move around the room;
4) react slowly and inconsistently;
5) begin to recognize family and friends;
6) follow some simple directions such as "Look at me" or "squeeze my hand";
7) begin to respond inconsistently to simple questions with "yes" or "no" head nods.

Rachel left was so great having her here! It was fun to see how far Cale has come, just over this last week! Wow! I read back the other day, at my post on April 9th. I was so excited that Cale held his head up for the first time! Now look what the rock star is doing! :)

The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged." Deuteronomy 31:8

I am so amazed at what God is doing!!!!


  1. i've been following this blog since i heard about it in a news article months ago. i am so happy to see Cale progressing and i congratulate you for getting the transfer to california. i admire your strong support for your husband. you should be very proud of yourself. i pray Cale continues to get better. i think its working!

  2. Where in Cali is this??? I don't know if you remember be from New Life, but I remember you and Cale.... I have been following your blog almost daily. I have been in Cali since December as a travel nurse, and I just love it here. G-d has been doing a huge work in me here.... He chose for me to come here, not me (I said I would never come here). Let me know, and if you ever need a west coast friend, I plan on being here! ~ Heather Favret


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