Saturday, November 20, 2010

Day At A Time

Each day that goes by brings more progress for Zane. He is walking great and requiring less and less assistance getting out of bed. Tonight we had some family visiting and it was time for Zane's walk so we had a bit of a parade around the floor. Zane doesn't seem to mind all the attention- all his prior nurses just stop and stare when they see him cruising by. Typically, he doesn't even have a nurse come on his walks with him anymore.

His arm movement continues to improve day by day and he now has some custom splints to wear both during the day and night. These will help prevent his arms and hands from getting too tight. He still has almost no sensation in his right hand, but his range of motion has definitely increased. Right now, I'm doing a lot of the basics for him- brushing his teeth, feeding him, cleaning his face, etc.- but as he gets more movement and strength back he'll transition to doing these things as much on his own as he can.

His hearing has also improved. He's more able to understand conversations at normal volumes, and the doctors think it will do wonders for him once the feeding tube is removed. Eating has been a bit of an issue still. Zane wasn't able to keep his lunch down, but did finish and keep down a plate of steak tips for supper. This was great progress. We're taking everything nice and slow and trying to get his digestion back to normal.

His spirits remain high, and each day he accomplishes more. Sometimes it doesn't feel like amazing progress to him, but we just remind him what a difference it is from how we saw him 5 weeks ago! God has certainly given us what we need to get by. Each day brings new challenges, but always blessings with it. We're very excited to see what the next few weeks bring!


Kathysue said...

this is the best news ever. too see Zane sitting up and smiling along side you, well, thank you God for your many blessings and gracious hand.

The Cushman's said...

Every picture you post is showing us HOW MUCH improvement there is. I'm sure this is going to be a painful recovery as far as therapy goes. Our prayers go out for strength for Zane physically as well as mentally (this goes for you too)! Is your Mom staying with you full time?? God Bless her! I am praying that his calorie intake can be handled by mouth soon....those darned old NG tubes are such a bother!!!! Take care! PS ~ we had snow up on the Ridge yeaterday!

Mildred said...

Hi Courtney & Zane, It's nice to see this photo of everyone together with their bright smiles! With all the progress that has been made, we sometimes forget the frustration of doing just the simplest task ~ like brushing teeth BUT my prayers continue for daily strength and improvement and most of all patience. I'm thankful to the Lord for answered prayers.

Sarah said...

Great to hear things are moving along. Zane, you strength and progress is amazing. I share your story and progress with my husband and we are both so proud of how far you have come. Stay strong and we will keep praying for ya!

Kris said...

Courtney...I wanted to send you a note of encouragement and let you know that I will be praying for you and Zane as you walk through this difficult period. Zane's father Alan is our postal carrier. I hadn't seen him for a little while and knew we had been having a substitute mail carrier. Today he delivered a package to my door and I inquired about his absence. He shared with me Zane's accident story and gave me the website. I will pray for continued improvement and strength. KEEP ON GOING ON...there is a purpose in all of this. Who knows what it is, but God's purposes DO prevail. Keep your eyes focused on God, not the circumstances. It was wonderful to hear today of the improvements and accomplishments in Zane's recovery. Enjoy the upcoming visit with your in-laws!


Donna M McEachern said...

Dear:Coutney and Zane:
It was very nice to see the picture you had up today.Zane I have see your other Pictures she has had up of you and you are looking really good and I praise god for this every day. He is your healer. I prayer for you guys everyday and everynight.I will pray monday night that your surgery tuesday will go well and you will be go back well and walking like you are know and doing everything you are know.

My BLessing goes out to you guys and I hope you have a good thanksgiving. God Bless and Take care Donna M McEachern