Day 56. It's hard to believe Garren went into the hospital 8 weeks ago. So much has happened, and it all seems like it started so long ago.
When I got up this morning and started talking to Garren, I was asking him a few questions. As I was joking around with him, I looked him in the eyes and said "Are you awesome?" Of course, he looked up, indicating yes. And I am positive I saw the left side of his mouth curl upwards, the beginnings of a smile! O yeah!
Wren continued to work on Garren's swallow, and a little with his voice. With his trach capped, we were able to help Garren engage his vocal chords. He made a couple of sounds today. Wren said that once he catches on, the talking will follow. It still takes a lot of work and a lot of concentration to try and breathe out and make noise at the same time.
Tara worked on Garren's left shoulder. She put his arm in a little contraption that helps overcome some of the gravity. Then she attached a sucker to his hand. The goal was to move the arm inward and up, to get the sucker into the mouth. Garren was working hard, moving his shoulder more than ever before.
Union County Weekly wrote an article about Garren today. Check it out here.
As we wrap up another week I want to let you know about a couple of fundraiser events that have been setup for Garren:
On Wednesday April 27, from 6-9pm, Kate's skate is hosting a skate night and silent auction. Admission is $4. All proceeds will go to benefit Garren's medical care. Click here for more details.
Miracle Miles 5K
Get your running shoes ready! On Saturday May 21 there will be a 5K and fun run at Porter Ridge High School. To register, or for more information, click here.