Monday, February 18, 2008

Keepin' on...

We continue to move forward with therapy and more therapy... ;-). Sometimes it seems like the same old, same old... and that the progress is so small that we don't even notice it. Others tell us that Dan has improved, that he stands taller and that his handshake is much better. We notice that he continues to get stronger because of all his therapy - but not faster. In fact -- I have really been challenged lately in the area of patience because of his slowness. He tries so hard to improve, but it seems at times that it is slow in coming, and that gets frustrating at times.

Now don't go thinking we are all depressed or anything like that... we realize that it will take some time to make the improvements that we desire. We measure progress in months and in years, and so when people ask "How is Dan doing? Is he better yet?" - I respond with "Give us a year... and then I will tell you." We want things to be so immediate, and we all want results NOW... and I probably want them more than anyone, but just because it takes some time to see results doesn't mean they are any less valid. I have had the impression lately that we need to do all that we can to help Dan achieve progress, and that our Heavenly Father usually doesn't do for us what we can do for ourselves. ...and so we continue on... knowing that He will be with us in the journey and that we are growing in the process.

Here are some pictures of Dan and his NEW LEG BRACE...

Getting the right fit...

Practicing walking with the new brace! It will take some time and adjustments - but this is a great day!

This week will be a busy one -- I have a project that will launch next week, and so I am in the final stages (which means it will be a looonng week...) Dan is set to start up at Neuroworx with pool therapy this week. He will go Tues, Thurs and Friday, and I am still in the process of figuring out how to get him transported to SLC and back as well as having someone there to assist him after he gets out of the pool. So far, I have volunteered our children and my brother to help - and they have readily accepted! We are so grateful for the help that others give to us...!

We will establish a more regular routine with this therapy over the next few weeks, and then it will be easier as we will have a regular schedule to work around. The program is to have him go to Neuroworx three times a week, and then go with a friend to a facility at the local hospital on the other two days and work on a home therapy program. I talked to the therapist at Neuroworx and she will be writing up a program for us to follow. I asked her to kind of "set the bar" so that we will know what we need to be doing to supplement in a home-based program.

.. and so we continue on... may we all remember that great things can come if we will just set our course in the right direction and continue on... one step at a time. As long as we keep going, we will eventually reach our destination. ... and so it is with us and our journey in Dan's recovery.

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