In occupational therapy, Tara had him sitting up, with his hands on the mat, using his arms to support some of his weight. First she moved his head to his left side and we asked him to raise his head. "Pull Garren! Pull! You can do it, pull your head up!" I could see the determination in his eyes. He was really trying. Then all of a sudden his right should jerked and his arm moved! It was awesome. We had him try a few more times on that side. Tara would keep her hand on Garren's right shoulder and neck. She could feel his muscles contract each time he tried to lift his head.
Then she switched sides, moving his head to the right side. We asked him to lift his head, and slowly but surely his head moved up and back. He is definitely stronger on his left side. We had him work that side a few more times as well.
Remember, Garren is having to rebuild muscle. He is very weak. We don't even think about how heavy our head is - it takes a good bit of effort to hold it up.
Once again, it is exciting to see small steps of improvement.
Garren's eye seems to be a little bit better. It is a little less red and irritated looking. It still has some healing to do.
8 days until Garren comes home. The plumbers were here working on his room when I got home yesterday. The ramp will be built this Saturday. Hopefully we will be painting this weekend as well. We are still praying about the van. Thank you for your prayers.