March 31, 2011

Thursday, March 31, 2011 4:00pm

Another good day for Garren. He played football trivia again. This time they added defensive players, making it a little harder. But Garren once again blew them away with his football knowledge. It is so awesome to be able to communicate, though it can be frustrating trying to guess which yes/no question to ask next.

Garren is getting better and better at holding his head up. Today with Wren he held it up for 11 seconds. His muscles are getting stronger each day. His cough is improving as well. Swallowing is so important. He is getting close, and Wren works with him every day. So close.

Garren has been impressing the school teacher as well with his knowledge of vocabulary. Today she would tell him a word, then hold up two cards with two other words. One of the cards had the opposite word of then one she had just said. Garren was asked to look at the opposite. He did this very well. In fact there were a couple of words that I didn't even know, and Garren got them right! Cool stuff!

We are continuing to see slow but steady progress from Garren. He is intent. I ask him before we start therapy if he is ready to get to work. His eyes go up every single time. During therapy he tries, really hard. We can see the effort he is putting into it. He's determined.

Here are some very specific things to pray for - Garren's left side is the stronger side. The right side is not responding nearly as much. Pray that the right side of Garren's body will wake up. Pray that he will gain control of his right side. The same goes for the left side of his face. This is why he is having trouble blinking his left eye.

Also, continue to pray for Garren's ability to swallow. As he gains more head and shoulder control, the swallowing should become easier. Pray that he will learn to swallow soon.

And then, pray for Garren - for peace, for comfort, for understanding. Last thing he remembers he was playing around in P.E. class at school. Now he has trouble moving. Garren has become much more aware in the last several days. This has to be a frustrating reality to wake up to. Pray for his peace and comfort.

P.S. Don't forget to vote for Mike's grandson in the Cutest Baby contest! He went from #38 on Wednesday to #16 today. It won't take much to push him up to #1! Click here to vote!

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

So glad to hear how Garren is doing, and requests for what he still needs to do...glad to know that God has a plan in all of this, or it would be impossible to endure...so we continue to trust God and to pray for Garren and all of you. Really...we do....love, Sandy and Russ

Chris Hogan said...

Continuing to pray daily for Garren and all of you. Thank you for sharing details of what to pray for specifically. Blessings, The Hogans

Anonymous said...

We will certainly continue to pray for peace. I'm glad you have the video. I think when the time is right, Garren may want to see it, just for his own understanding. I can't imagine the questions he has, but I'm sure trying to grasp everything is overwhelming. Please, tell Garren we continue to cheer him on and we're so proud of his hard work. In for the long haul, The Sisk Family

P.S. When you put up another link to Mike's grandson on this post, I was able to vote again. If you will, include a link in every post and we'll see what we can do to get him up to number one.

Bob and Barb said...

Praying for all the things you mentioned. And I pray that God would also be working so that Garren may "be renewed in the spirit of (his) mind Eph. 4:23 I looked up the definition of "renew" and it said: 1. give fresh life or strength to 2. resume or re-establish after an interruption. EXACTLY!
Praying for incredible peace and perseverance, above and beyond his 14 years of life as he grapples with with what's happened. I love hearing about his determination! I'm praying for mom and dad too!

Tasha Via said...

This is so good to hear! Still praying for you ALL...

tammywingate said...

happy Friday sweet family!! we are praying for all the things that you asked for and more!!! Garren is a very special boy and God has BIG plans for him!!!
voted again today!! (-:
praying for a special gift from heaven today for Garren and peace that we can't understand!!<>< t

wendypoovey said...

We are so happy to know that Garren continues to make progress. This must be so hard on him. We continue to pray daily for Garren and your family. Thank you for keeping us posted. We pray that God continues to bless your family!

doodle pants said...

I completely understand the importance of the swallowing, and will pray specifically for perfect results. I am so encouraged by your strength and wisdom thru this incredible life experience... you are a true man of faith.

Bill Swick said...

Sorry bout the Doodle Pants...guess I'm in my daughter's google acct.

Anonymous said...

Father God,

We gather around Your throne to lift Garren Janes up again, we pray specifically for the left side of his face to regain normalacy especially his eye blinking ability. We also pray for the right side of his body, that it would recover at a faster rate and his whole body would wake up. We thank You Garren is holding his head up for longer periods and pray that time expands to longer periods as time goes on. A special concern is Garren's learning to swallow again, We ask Your help and enabling power with all these thing Father. May You be glorified through the answers to each one. In Christ alone we pray, Amen.

Barb said...

I agree with this prayer. In Jesus name, Amen and Amen.

Anonymous said...

We are so glad to hear of the awareness and intensity Garren is expressing through his movements, interaction and responses! I prayed just now again for his mind, for continued endurance for your family,and you and Nancy especially.

Thanks for sharing openly and cheerfully, even, every day.
The Randolphs