Yep...today is International Pizza Day! What did we have to eat?! Pizza of course! The only thing is, it's not much different then the rest of the days lately! ;) Last year we were visiting our friends Jorel and Jade on the 9th. On the way to their house, Cale said, "We have to get pizza tonight!" So, that's just what we did. I couldn't let the special day be passed up...we had to continue the tradition!
Dr. Howe met with Cale this morning and at this point, he's still on the verge of emerging from PTA. Yesterday he scored a 69 and today an 85. It's very in and out, as far as what questions he gets right. I think he even had a little bit of help today. I'm trying not to get caught up with this, but it's slightly hard not to when I'm sitting right there! I won't be there tomorrow for the session, so that might be a good thing. I can tell his memory is getting better, even if it's not always seeming like it. The joy of it all, is that there is some progress with it!
We had a break before lunch this afternoon, so I thought I'd be a little adventuress. Cale hasn't really seen any of the videos from right after the accident. He has seen short clips, and he's seen pictures, but no video. I pulled a couple up to watch with him. Not knowing what kind of reaction was going to take place, or that it was a good idea, but I needed to just...do it! It ended up being such a blessing for both of us. As we were watching, Cale started cheering for himself and rooting for him! There's one video that he does this really funny thing with his hand (if I knew a way to cut part of the video out, I would post it. It has the cna doing care on him, so I can't post it), it was still in ICU, so he had all the tubes still. Cale was watching and started laughing at himself! :) After that one, I showed him one from when he first started lifting his arm. I remember how crazy excited I was for that big step. Cale was saying, "come on! It's easy! See? See?" Haha! The last video was from when he first started walking. It's such an awesome video to be reminded from where he came from. I showed Pat when he came to get Cale for PT, and he said, "Wow! Look how hard they (the therapists) have to work, and how easy I have it!" Cale is doing SO great!
Here's Cale in PT today doing side stepping on the treadmill. He did it on both sides and then walked forward with an incline. He was able to do 10 minutes, which was really good for the incline and speed he was doing. A lot better than what I can say I'm doing...that's a whole nother' story!
This afternoon we had a video conference with the Seattle VA. The date is official...we leave the 15th! Yikes! It's going to be so great, but golly, it's emotional. Sly was going over everything with me, and suddenly I had tears. I felt so overwhelmed for a minute. One of the other staff saw the tears in my eyes, and asked what I was feeling. Then they came. It felt so good to get them out and to actually say out loud that I felt overwhelmed by what was said. I love that I have such a great relationship with the staff, that I'm able to be honest with them and that they understand. It meant the world to me! Once I was able to talk to them about it, I felt so much better. No chocolate needed today! Heehee!
Tonight was the last Bingo :( I would love to say that we did great and won a bunch, but that's not the case. In fact, I only had two bingo's and Cale only had one. He was pretty disappointed, but I let him know that at least we didn't walk out with 0! That would have been a big bummer! Bingo has been so much fun for us and another way that I've been able to witness a miracle take place in Cale.
Here's a little interview with Cale. I wanted you to hear how well he's talking! Do you remember when it was just with his breath and no sound? Man! What a HUGE blessing that he's come so far! Enjoy! :)