Wednesday, January 26, 2011

In The Homestretch

Well, I've gotten comments from lots of people that I've been slacking a bit in posting lately... And they are totally right. Zane and I just returned from a long weekend in Ohio seeing his family. We had a wonderful time seeing family and old friends and meeting a lot of you who read the blog but we'd never met before. We were so blessed to hear about and meet the many people praying for us. We had the opportunity to share our story in the church where Zane went in high school. We have been so blessed and if sharing what we've been through can bless others, than that's what we'll do. We're looking forward to more opportunities to share with people in the future.

Zane's therapy has been going amazingly well. He is making SUCH great progress. His range of motion in his armpits/shoulders has gotten so much better. A few weeks ago it was good if we could get him to a 100 degree angle in his left shoulder. Now, he is getting 140 regularly, sometimes 150. Normal is 170 to 180. We are getting so close!! His therapists commented that they thought he could get full range without surgery in that arm. This is awesome considering we were pretty sure he'd end up having to have another release done on both arms. We're still not sure about the right arm, but its showing real progress as well, stretching over 110 degrees. Each week, he's able to lift more and more weight. His upper arms were skinnier than my forearms for quite a while, but his arms have bulked up quite a bit and we're able to see much more muscle definition.

Zane has very minimal open areas left. Now, they're mostly due to his most recent surgery and blisters. Ohhh the blisters! We just can't escape the blisters! They happen all the time because of the skin stretching and the increased amount of fluid under his skin. The cycle goes: stretch the skin, skin fills with fluid and blisters, keep stretching, blisters pop, they become open areas and we have to dress them, and they eventually close in and heal. Then it starts all over again. Fun, fun! :)

The most exciting thing right now is that we are going home TOMORROW!! I have the apartment all packed up and our civic is stuffed to the roof with our belongings. In the morning we'll go to therapy and then drive back to Maine. For those of you who are local, don't forget that we'll be having our homecoming get-together on Saturday night. It's open house style from 5-9 at the Mars Hill Snowmobile Club. Come and go anytime you want- just bring yourselves and a smile!

{photo to come.. The iPad isn't cooperating :)}


Dorothy said...

Well, Hi Courtney! I was just looking for your post today. I'm glad to see that things are going well. My son will go back next Monday for the third round of Kenalog injections under his grafts. He's hoping that will be all for a while. I don't think he's having the blisters now. I hope that as more time passes and Zane heals the blistering will stop.

Mildred said...

I am so happy for both of you. May God continue to bless you both.

Carol said...

I wouldn't call it slacking, I'd call it busy!
But it is good to hear from you. Thinking of you often and praising God for healing, strength, endurance and joy!

Rod and Sara said...

Was wonderful to meet you two real life (can you get more real than than the walmart parking lot?!)
Praying that the transition back at home goes smoothly, and that these blisters will heal fast!
Love and blessings!

Anonymous said...

Our God is so good. I praise Him that you guys are doing great. Also He has great things in store for you.


Janet said...

I am glad you are going home. I haven't been to your blog in a long time and I didn't know what had happened. My prayers are with you and Zane.

You are both still such a cute couple.

I gave you an award on my blog.


Diane Cobb said...

I am so glad for you and Zane to be back at home. It was great to have you back in Ohio for a few days! Have a wonderful time this evening at your coming home party.Tell Mom and Dad hello.
Ted and Diane Cobb