We've seen some movement in his left hand in response to commands and other forms of stimulation. They use ice, vibration, hairbrush, and other items to try and get a response. The physical therapist laid Garren on a bench that would allow her to angle him up, simulating a standing position. She raised him up to a 30 degree angle, then 40 degrees, then 50 degrees, stopping at each interval to check blood pressure, and allow Garren to adjust to the new positions.
Remember that feeling you get after having the flu for a couple of days, and trying to stand up and walk around? That's after 2-3 days. Garren has been in bed for 3 weeks. Sitting and standing puts a strain on his system that he is not used to. Part of the rehabilitation process is strengthening his system to be able to handle being upright again.
Garren is hooked up to another monitor for the night. I mentioned yesterday that they wanted to do a sleep study. The monitor will record his breathing patterns and the results will give us a better sense of how to continue rehab.
According to the team here, Garren is progressing. It's slow. It's a little tiny thing every day. They will continue to add up over time.
Saturday will be a slow day, only half as much rehab work as weekdays. Sundays are a day of rest (hmmm, interesting concept!) and they will not do any therapy for Garren.
I look forward to seeing many of you at church this weekend. Just a slight change of plans - I will not actually be "preaching", but I will be sharing (live at every service, Weddington and Monroe) some of what God has been showing us over the last several weeks.