February 11, 2011

Friday, February 11, 11:00pm

Today was a steady day. Mostly quiet, with a few highlights. We had several special visitors today. Some of Garren's friends from Piedmont Middle as well as from Porter Ridge Middle brought some posters and cards signed by tons of his friends.

Garren also got a special visit from one of his favorite teachers of all time...Mrs. Ritchotte. He was excited to hear her voice - his eye blinked when she started talking - pretty cool.

This morning the neuro-surgeon pinched Garren, pretty hard, and Garren moved his head ever so slightly. Garren has blinked several times, and at one point while I was speaking to him his blinking sped up slightly. Also, anytime the nurses or doctors do the things they do with Garren, his blood pressure rises. These are all very small signs, but very good signs. As the neuro-surgeon said this morning, it tells us that his brain is communicating with the rest of his body.

These are small steps. And we will celebrate each small step along the way. I am so thankful for the impact Garren has had on so man people, and I am learning that he had been having a big impact on people long before this incident occurred.

Thank you for your continued prayers and support.

16 comments:

Rob Smith said...

Thanks for the update. We are praying now for all of you. Hang in there. Sleep well in our Fathers arms.

John, Lana, Mackenzie and Lauren said...

These sound like encouraging movements, Geoffrey. The faith that you, Nancy and Kara are displaying is a powerful testament. We continue being vigilant in our prayers.

2 Corinthians 4
6)For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness,"the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

7)But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. 8)We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; 9)persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; 10)always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.

Chris & Rich Charpentier said...

Awesome news . . thanks for the update. God hears our cries on behalf of Garren and your family. This situation is far reaching as I have many of my FB friends and E-mail friends lifting Garren in prayer and checking in to check on how he is doing.

Blessings,
Chris & Rich Charpentier

Anonymous said...

happy Birthday Garren!! We love you and we are praYING LIKE NEVER BEFORE! you are in our thoughts all day and each time when we wake in the middle of the night!You have become one of our family members!!! Rest ! Heal! and be restored in Jesus~!~~
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Chris Hogan said...

Happy 14th Birthday Garren! Praying for a miraculous day. God's blessings to all of you. The Hogans

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for the daily updates. You know that there are many "walking" along beside you as you walk this journey. It helps us to pray specifically for your needs and Garren's, and, also, allows us to praise Him for answered prayers. I have been praying for purposeful movements and responses to pain; it sounds like that was answered yesterday. As I thought of how the community has embraced your family, I was struck by the thought of how many people, not just from our area but around the country, are praying for Garren. We have friends and family in TN, GA, MA, CA, and AL who are praying for all of you and following your updates. You are witnessing to people all across the country who read of your trust and faith in the LORD, our ultimate healer. Continuing to pray without ceasing.
Lance, Jennifer, Benjamn, Hannah and William Lassiter

Tom Hogsed said...

I just read about what happened. My prayers are being offered on behalf of Garren this morning.

jtibbetts001 said...

First off, Happy Birthday to Garren today! So happy to hear some encouraging news on his special day. Mrs. Ritchotte is my daughter Madi's favorite teacher of all time as well. Glad she was able to visit. That woman is magic, I tell you and I'm sure Garren was trhilled to know she came in to see him! Praying for another step forward today and so very thankful for Garren's 14th birthday!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday GOD BLESS YOU!
Happy Birthday to you!

We love you Garren& wish you a Blessed& Happy 14th Birthday! So excited to hear about all the small steps, yet promising ones for you! You are an amazing young man & we have so enjoyed the times you've spent with us& Katherine. You hang in there& we wish you many more wonderful birthday's for the future!

Nancy& Geoffrey:
You both are some of the most amazing parents we've ever known. Your faith& belief along with how you both have tackled this situation as a wonderful team has made an everlasting impression on our hearts. Continue to stand strong and we'll continue to pray. We'll do for your family anything that we can...you just let us know what it is& when you need it! Until then, we pray& believe.

Praying today will bring even more promising & positive signs for his recovery....sure would make this birthday the icing on his cake!

Love to you all,
Donna, Ritchie, Racheal, Katherine, Luke, Madelyn& Brady Edwards

Anonymous said...

Today is Garren's special day...the day his family welcomed him into this would as a little baby! May you hold him in your hearts today as you did on that very first day! Happy Birthday Garren!

Saturday, Feb 12th!!!!

Karen (Sue's sister)

Anonymous said...

I just loved reading Garren's response to his teacher's voice!! It brought tears to my eyes!! It just goes to show how important our teachers are to our kids!!!

Always praying for Garren and all of you.

Birthday Blessings Garren!

Sue, Kendall, Jacqueline and Meredith

Pam Hamrick said...

Happy Birthday Garren :) We pray God will continue with His little miracles on your special day. You and your family are an inspiration to us. We are praying constantly for your healing. Love, The Hamrick Family

Kim said...

Happy Birthday Garren! I pray that each and every day you make steps, even small ones, towards wholeness. Today I pray for an extra special blessing from God for your birthday!

Nancy, Geoffrey, Kara, and Kelsey, each of you are in my daily prayers as well. Your faith and trust are amazing and God's peace that is evident in the waiting room is so amazing. I love you all!

Kim

georgiagale said...
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georgiagale said...

Happy Birthday Garren! We are praying for your recovery and are so encouraged by your progress. We are so thankful for all God is doing and for the courage and grace that He has given your mom, dad, and sisters! Geoffrey and Nancy, you are all continually in our prayers.

Blessings, Dave, Greta, Georgia and Ben Peterson

Anonymous said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY GARREN!!!!!IT IS WONDERFUL TO HEAR YOUR PROGRESS..WE LOVE YOU..THE GRASSO FAMILY