April 16, 2011

Baby Steps

Today was shower day. We got Garren up, and sat him up on the side of the bed. He can help sit up now. Still working on balance and control, but his strength is developing more everyday. Yesterday the therapist had started working on raising legs while standing. I helped Garren stand to his feet, and instead of sitting him in his chair, I decided to have him walk to the bathroom. It's about 8-10 steps. I put his arm around my shoulder, and he took one step, then another. We walked all the way to the shower! It was a slow walk, it was very labored, but we made it all the way. Talk about baby steps!

This afternoon we were watching TV. A commercial came on about the Triple Crown, so his nurse asked me if I knew when the Kentucky Derby was. I had no idea. About an hour later, Garren started trying to tell us something. I grabbed the white board and started writing letters. We came up with "May Four." I asked Garren, "What is May Four?" Again, we started spelling "K-E-N-T-U-C-K-Y." Kentucky? May Four? A friend was over and she said "I think I just saw a commercial that said Kentucky Derby. I asked Garren - sure enough - he just wanted his nurse to know that the Kentucky Derby was on May 4th!

Garren's eye is doing great. Thanks for your prayers. He never got the black eye, and you can hardly tell he had anything done to it. He is feeling no pain from the procedure.

My prayer now is that Garren will continue to develop his speaking ability, and that he will get stronger enough to start swallowing regularly. I know he is looking forward to tasting food again soon!

Tomorrow is church, and Garren is looking forward to seeing everyone there again this week.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am blown away by the huge steps Garren is taking these days!! He is a true inspiration. God is great! - Bob

Anonymous said...

I smile and cry everytime I read how these baby steps are turning into giant leaps! Praise God. Still praying..

Sandy

Kitty @ Four Little Toms and a Mom said...

Awesome!

tammywingate said...

Good Morning!!! wow! wow! wow! Garren is walking! I can't wait for him to talk!!! i know you guys are waiting too!! Baby steps and SOON!!!! Enjoy God's house today! We saw a funny card the other day and thought of Garren, so watch the mailbox!! (-:
Still praying for Sunshine!!!
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Anonymous said...

I am so grateful to God for selecting your family to be an example of His love, His mercy, His faithfulness...love & prayers, Sandy & Russ

the mowerys said...

so happy to hear that things are going so well...we are so excited for Garren and for you all! These baby steps are getting BIGGER every day! This is awesome!
Love, The Mowerys

wendypoovey said...

How amazing. What a change in 1 week! Praise God. God has truly given Garren an enormous amount of strenght, edurance, and stamina! We continue to pray for Garren every day. We are all so very excited to hear about all his improvements. I think the baby steps are growing into "toddler" steps. So next we will see some "children" steps and pray for those "teen" steps to get here quickly! I know hearing his voice again melts your heart. Keep up the hard work Garren. You are doing a fantastic job!

Michelle Singleton said...

Amazing! Go Garren! I love hearing these huge steps of progress. How we praise and thank our God! Our prayers continue to be for Garren's complete healing. We love you all...
Rob, Michelle, Nathan & Juliana

Anonymous said...

So exciting to see Garren at Southbrook Monroe yesterday! I was amazed when he actually laughed at something I said! God is so good to hear our prayers and then show us in practical ways the strength of His mighty hand! Continuing to pray for a miracle a day & expecting nothing less. We love you guys! Bethany, Dave, Mollie, Andrew & Benjamin Kush

Chris Hogan said...

So happy and excited to hear how God is restoring Garren each day! Continuing to pray for all of you daily. The Hogans