Ahh! Oh how sweet the day was! There's a whole story I have to get through before I can get out what happened! Eeeek! Ok...here I go! So, therapy's today were all switched around so Caleb ended up having therapy straight through lunch even. By 2pm right after PT, he was wiped out. Pat (PT) and I took him to his room and got him all situated in bed. Pat left, and I asked Cale if he wanted some quiet time. He nodded yes so I asked if he wanted me to leave, he nodded yes again. Well, his head nods aren't always correct with what he's really wanting so I asked if he wanted me to stay and he shook his head no. When I tried to get up, he grabbed my arm tighter and pulled me closer to him. I asked the same questions and he gave me the same response. Because he was not letting me leave, but saying with his head that he wanted me to go, I said "Caleb look at me. Do you want me to go or to stay?" He opened his mouth and whispered "stay"!!!!!!!!!!!! Ahhh!!!! Yes! Oh my goodness! Oh my goodness! Thank you Jesus for such a sweet word! I jumped on his bed, tears streaming down my cheeks and hugged him so tight! "You said stay Cale! You said stay!". I was crying and hugging him, which because of my reaction, Cale started laughing at me! The word was just with breath and no voice, BUT his laugh was full of voice! I then said "say wow" and he did that too! Next I said "say love you", which he did try, but didn't come out to clear. I ran...literally...RAN out of the room hoping to find Patricia (ST), but on my way down the hall, came Dr. Howe (neuropsychologist)! I went to her, tears still coming down my face, all out of breath, and said "Cale is talking!!!". I attempted to explain to her what was happening, as we walked (very quickly!) down the hall and when we got to Cale's room, she said "Caleb, I hear your talking!" and Cale shrugged his shoulders! haha! I asked him to do it all again, and he did! Dr. Howe kept saying "Caleb, this is huge!" Awe!
The best thing about it was that his first word was "stay". I've been told A LOT lately that I need to get out and get away. With out having to take care of Basil now, I'm, for the most part, at the hospital with Cale all the time. I keep being told that it would be a good thing for me to get a way for a couple days, or take more breaks. I have been feeling completely fine with staying with Cale, and I know that I need to take care of myself, but I don't think that means that I can't be with him as much if I'm doing okay. Anyways, I have been planning (or trying to) a few things to get a way for different times during the day, but for me, I love being next to my man. I don't want to be anywhere else with out him. One day, hopefully soon, he'll be able to come with me and "get away". One of the concerns that was brought up to me was that with me being with him everyday, I'm not taking the time to nurture my friendships. Well, my prayer is that my friends will understand that this is a season I'm in; staying with Cale, being by his side, and that you will come along side me (as SO many of you have!!!) and walk this season with me. I really feel truly blessed with ALL the people that God has brought into my life, before and during this journey. You are all amazing, and because of your faithful prayers, support, and God's amazing love, I'm able to have the strength and endurance to stay beside my husband. And Caleb, that's just what I'm going to do. I will forever STAY with you, don't you worry! :)
Cale's birthday is in 1 month, it's September 18th. I want to make it a REALLY special day for him, and I would like all of you to be a part of it! Within the next month, for anyone that would like to, please show Cale how much you care about him, and send a birthday card! You can send it to the same address that's on the blog, but if you remember, please put his name instead of mine, so I know it's a birthday card. This will be something so special that he'll get to enjoy! I'll keep putting reminders so it's ok if you forget!
Here is a short video of a few things Cale said! You have to listen very closely because he says it with his exhale, so it's VERY quiet. You should be able to hear my voice for sure, if the sound isn't working, I'll try to figure out with TJ's help what I'm doing wrong all of a sudden!