Friday, October 22, 2010
Off I go!
It was a great day! This morning in Psych I told Dr. Howe about something Cale said in the garden the other day. I was sitting with him and after a while he said "I'm ready to leave now." This is huge! I was so surprised that he had said it and had forgotten to talk to her about it yesterday. She was saying that it is a big deal and that shows that he's becoming more aware of his surroundings and he's carrying over more memory. Before, it was like every second was something new, but now he's beginning to recognize that he's been doing something for a time and is ready for the next thing. She also tested him a little and said that his visual memory is stronger then his verbal memory. I'm just excited he's still making progress!
In OT we worked with trying to get Cale to walk with the walker around his room and be able to control his movements and balance. He made his bed, put clothes away, brushed his teeth, and opened the door to the bathroom. He still needs lots of help with this right now, but how great that he did it out of his wheelchair!
I had gotten some blocks back in NC for him to use. He didn't have any kind of interest then, but when I pulled them out today, we had so much fun! It's amazing how far he's come! I know the staff at Wake would have HUGE smiles if they could visit him! The blocks have letters, numbers, and pictures. I put out 4 blocks with letters and had him try to make a word. Each time he would move the blocks, switching the letters around and eventually end up spelling the word that was in my head. After a while of doing it, I told him we were done and he said "Thank you! That was hard." Of course then I get to point out that even though it was hard for him he did it, and did it good! :)
He did some more walking today! The goal is that before we leave here he would be walking with out the walker for short distances (or can I just say, we're just going to root for long distances too!). Basil came to visit today (I will have pictures soon!) and after I talked with Cale about how great it's going to be when we get to go home and take Basil for walks!
I'm leaving in the morning for Washington! Yay! I'm very excited about going home. I need a couple days of lots of hugs! After getting to have two great days with friends and family, I have important meetings on Monday. I'm going to be visiting a possible next facility for Cale. Please pray for wisdom for me, clarity of the direction, and peace. I don't feel nervous about it yet, but I can't say that I'm not going to Monday morning. I want it to work. I want it to be great, but I also want Cale to have the best. Also pray that my heart would be open to the way the Lord is leading and that I wouldn't be blinded by my thoughts and desires.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2-4
Thank you everyone for the encouragement!
Posted by Kathleen at 9:05 PM