Monday, March 28, 2005

We started off the week on a good note today. Jonathan had the opportunity to tell his doctors and his therapist about his special day yesterday. Everyone seemed pleased with his report. He started out by doing some new things in PT. He worked on getting down on the floor and then getting back up again. He practiced this once and then moved on to work on walking up stairs. His therapist took him to the stairs that lead up to the second floor and he walked up all 24 stairs. He can lift his foot to the top of the stair, but can't quite make it on top. That is something we can work on with him. He worked really hard and did such a good job with it. In OT we played a game where he hit the beach ball with a racket, both sitting and standing, and with a weight on his right arm. He also hit the ball with an extra weight attached to the pole he uses for his arm exercises. After that he got up on his hands and knees and held himself up without a support under his stomach for a count of 50, then walked his hands back and sat down on his heels. To date, he has not done hands and knees very well, but he did not seem to have a problem with it today. These are all very difficult things and new things that he had to do today and did them all very well. But this afternoon, he spent 45 minutes crying and stubbornly refusing to button his shirt, which is a task he has done already. So unfortunately, he got nothing accomplished this afternoon. The only thing this stubbornness accomplished was that he took his shoes off by himself for the first time, with only a little help from Mom, after the therapist left. Later in the afternoon, a couple of firemen from the Lewisville Fire Department came to visit Jonathan. He enjoyed visiting with them, showing them around, taking them on a walk and showing them how he can walk. Jonathan is looking forward to going to the station to visit after he comes home. They made Jonathan feel very special.
Continue to pray for Jonathan. He is doing so very well and gaining strength every day. Pray for him as he continues to increase his walking. Pray that he will have the desire to walk instead of ride in his wheelchair. Pray that his short term memory will return. Continue to pray for our potty training process. Most of all, pray for this issue of refusing to do the things he is asked to do that seems to pop up from time to time. I know this stubbornness can be good at times because it causes him to be determined to get something particular done. But when it happens like it did today where he refuses to do a task that we know he is very capable of doing, it temporarily hurts his progress and accomplishes nothing. It is these times that are the hardest to deal with, especially for Mom. Pray that we will have wisdom to know how to handle these times, as we know there are probably many more to come. Continue to pray believing that God is going to completely heal his brain, vision and diabetes. We wait expectantly for the miracles that God is going to accomplish in Jonathan's life this week. Nothing is impossible with God!

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