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.