We had a wonderful new years eve with friends of ours from the area. We got some amazing Italian food and had quite the night of charades. Zane surprised us all with his charades antics, as you'll see in the pictures below. The next day we took a little walk around Boston Commons to look at the ice sculptures and eat some fried food. :) It was a surprisingly warm day and Zane did great with being up and around.
Spaudling has done a great job at getting Zane more therapy time. He often has 2 hours and 15 minutes of therapy per day plus what we do at home. They're combining scar massage, stretching, and strengthening. He's starting to make some pretty good improvements. He's doing better at opening containers and can even scribble his name with his left hand. This morning we were getting ready to go to therapy and I was in the bedroom putting on my makeup. All of a sudden Zane walked in with his coat on and said, "Look what I did!". This was the first time he'd ever gotten his coat on without my help! To say we were excited would be an understatement. AND to top it all off, he got the coat on even though he has a cast-like splint on his right arm. Gosh, I felt like a mom who just watched their kid walk for the first time. Praise God!!
Zane's appetite still isn't what it once was, but it's slowly getting better. I'm constantly trying to stuff him full of food. We've been able to back off on his pain meds quite significantly. He's taking less than half what he was taking when he left Spaulding. That's excellent since he was on ridiculous amounts of narcotics when in the hospital. We have planned a fast long-weekend trip to Ohio to see Zane's family. Although they've pretty much all seen him while he was in the hospital, he doesn't remember a lot of it so it will be great for him to see them.
We've pretty much nailed down that we will be able to return home at the end of the month. We are so happy to have a date to look forward to. It will be wonderful to get back home. Again, we cannot express how thankful we are for all of the support we've received. We're hoping to have an open house style party open to everyone once we get back. More details to come on that.
Just one last thing- I would SO appreciate it if you could include my uncle in your prayers. Doctors have found spots on his liver and pancreas and are quite suspicious of cancer. He goes for biopsies on Monday. He's only 50 years old, and has a wife and two beautiful daughters. My prayer is that our entire family will embrace true faith in Christ in this time where it is painfully obvious that life is fragile and out of our control. It is out of our weakness that we truly find faith and strength in God.