Wednesday, February 16, 2011

A new day...and again tomorrow!

It was wonderful, beautiful...lovely! Being next to Cale all night! It made leaving to night a lot harder for both of us. I didn't sleep very much all night, and at one point, Cale moved a little and his arm bumped me. His eyes flew open and he had a scared look on his face! He forgot I had joined him! Haha!

He was really upset this morning and was saying over and over how this isn't home. He said, "Here is dumb!" I asked if he thought Palo Alto was better and he said, "Yes! Lots!" Poor guy!

We made a list today of Good Things Here...
* We're together
* We're in Washington finally
* Cale is still making progress
* They have Bingo
* and...they have therapy dogs too!

We met one of three that come to his unit this morning. I didn't have my camera with me today, so I missed lots of pictures, but as you know, they will be coming! ;) We were let in on Sally's favorite treat, so that's being added to the grocery list!

Cale wasn't too excited about the constant stream of new faces and loads of questions, but he did so well! He even showed off a little in PT and OT! This was so great to see because maybe that will continue and he'll keep going strong. We had quite the discussion today about why I'm so proud of him. He is so amazing and works so hard everyday and he doesn't even understand why! He was telling the staff that he's fine and all better. I know that must be frustrating, but every time they ask him why he's working so hard, he says, "I love Kathleen" with a really big smile. Does that just make your heart smile? I know it does mine!

Thank you for praying for us. This has been such a challenge! I don't even know why it's been so hard, other than that's what happens with everything when I'm tired. Today was basically meeting with each therapist and talking about what things are going to look like. I was thinking therapy's were going to slow down a lot, but that's not the case! I think it's a good thing though because too much down time doesn't work so well for Cale. Tomorrow is the big team meeting, so we'll see how that goes, and what the plan is! I was pretty teary eyed today, and at a point that I was seriously rethinking our escape plan and how we might actually be able to get away with it...just kidding...!

The exciting thing is that it's very home based...all the therapists are looking at what we can do to make home easier. A few things that I brought up as goals, I was told are actually the really hard things! That all has to do with his brain healing more. We're also going to be taking steps for me to be out of therapy. I expressed that I would really like to still be in some because I think it helps me know where he's at and to bring those thoughts and ideas home with us, but it's time for me to step back...yikes!

It was a crazy day and this afternoon all I was able to do was drop my luggage off in my room, and went right back out the door! Hopefully, tonight I'll get sleep and tomorrow I'll finally get showered. It's a new day and I'm gonna rejoice and be glad in it!

If you think about it, and talk to me at any point, remind me that this is just for a short time and that we are getting closer to home! Thanks! :)

Here are a few pictures from yesterday!

This was on our white board when I got to the hospital yesterday! If anyone from 7D reads this...we miss you guys too!!! SO much!


Time to go! In the van and ready to get on the road! Cale was ready...not sure how ready I was!


Our First Class seats! We were so spoiled!


God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1

Tonight I'm so thankful that when my body and mind feel so tired and weak, God is my strength! When everything feels so scary and unknown, when the walls around me feel like they're closing in, God is my refuge!

10 comments:

  1. I am sure it is a huge adjustment to cale with all the new faces and places. One day at a time.


    Casey q

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  2. What a joy to see you trusting Jesus in the glorious and the difficult days and moments.
    Remember that God carries you both every moment of every day, He will never leave you or forsake you. God will continue to give you the grace you need with each step you take!
    Love, Kimberly

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  3. Is that apple juice?just asken:)

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  4. Rejoice in all things; yes, Rejoice! You are doing the right things, and looking for the positives. Who likes change? You get used to a facility and it is difficult to start over, and you are tired, and it has been a long road... but look at where Cale has been and where he is now and WOW! The time will fly and you will be home with its new set of challenges... deep breaths, moment by moment, day by day, counting every blessing and being thankful for every soul who touches your lives! YOU can do it! Never Give UP~
    Vicky Scott

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  5. Wow !!!Things are progressing ~ I don't get on here for 2 days and.... you move lol !!!! So excited for you guys praying for even bigger blessings than what you have seen ! Love Ya ((())) Reenie

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  6. Kathleen, I can only imagine how you feel. And yes, even though this seems rough right now and you want to pack up, It is Only for a short period and Jesus will bring new friends to you! Just keep your faith and let him hold you!!!! As for Cale, Great job! You are doing an awesome job and keep up the hard work and you will be home prob before you know it! So very proud of BOTH of you!!!!! Andrea Alvarado

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  7. Change is extremely hard, we are creatures of habit in a lot of ways. However, NEW EYES can really help with new goals, new methods, new challenges... and it's those challenges that will continue to help Cale!
    Looking forward to our visit (just over 24 hours now), and we'll help with that escape (well, temporary, anyway) :o)
    Love, blessings, and prayers for NEW life...
    Terri W

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  8. Kathy Beckett2/17/11, 7:42 AM

    I'm so glad you are closer to family and friends now! I pray that as you get settled in to a new place, get some rest, get to know the new therapist, etc., and start receiving visits from loved ones you will be blessed and encouraged in this next part of your journey. I am praying that you will experience the absolute truth of Is. 40:11 - "He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young." I know Cale is not your 'young', but you are bearing a tremendous responsibility of caring and I know God is gently leading you...both! Love ya.

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  9. My Dear Kathleen, You are wonderful. It's OKAY to not like not being at therapies. You, of course, know Katie Rye. Where she and Ben are don't let her come to many therapies. She told Ben he's going to work, and she doesn't come to work with him in the Army. It is good for both of them. Sally sounds delightful. Cale will settle down, and feel okay about being here, in time. Look in Ecclesiastes, there's a time for everything, even not being happy. I love you, Marion You know, occasionally, on some of your "step-back" days, maybe I could come from Olympia. It's not that far.

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  10. It's only for a short time, it's only for a short time, it's only for a short time....Praise God that you realize that God has everything in His own timing and that this is your last short step before home. And it might be a very good thing for you to be taking a step back to be resting before you do take Cale home sweetheart. We love you, and we are always!!!! praying for Gods favor over you.
    Charlie and Jean

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