Forrest has had a day full of challenges and bits of progress and hope. He is fighting his bronchitis/pneumonia and sometimes the coughing caused by suctioning the mucus out sends him into a full blown storm. He is still not awake but shows the occasional sign of purposeful arm and leg movement which the doctors assure us means the wiring is intact. They tell us that he is making good progress for only being off the drugs for a very short period of time (today). They have him on oral pain relief and other drugs to help him with his agitation and stimulate wakefulness. He is now sitting up once a day and doing physical therapy. Today that set him off into a series of storms that lasted for an hour or two. While the storms are hard to watch the staff assures us they will pass and they are trying to come up with a combination to help control them. Reading the blogs and cards and telling him how much people miss him does seem to calm him somewhat. We see him trying to focus eyes and squeeze our hand on occasion but then the storm takes him and he's gone.The storming activity is him trying to reboot the injured brain and make his muscles do what he wants them to do. We know he is trying hard to get to us in there but between the drugs and the storms it is hard for him. We have one of our favorite doctors (one out of many of the amazing staff here) that stopped by just to chat with us about him and assured us he is making good progress. We were so excited we went and had dinner at Mellow Mushroom nearby and the waitress told us a amazing story of brain injury recovery from a friend of hers. We shared his blog with her and left with her wishing us the best. The kindness of friends, family and strangers continues to amaze us.The anomymous stranger who read our blog and brought us a pie dropped off at the hotel. A veterinary friend who I haven't seen in years who came and found me in the hospital (hard to do) and told me to hold on to hope. So many wonderful family, friends, clients, business associates that have emailed texted and blogged to help us with God's and the doctors help give him every chance to heal and come back.
Thank you so much for those of you who donated to the UVA Neuroscience Center, they emailed us today to tell us that they recieved a number of donations in Forrest's name today He would be so proud hisand our friends are helping with this critical research and helping other people in his situation. The addresses are on the right side of the blog, right by the song Good Vibrations by the Dolphin Quest crew (backup vocals by the dolphins and orchestrated by maestro Jason Price). He listens to it every morning.
"Once you choose hope, anything is possible" Christopher Reeve
"Hope is like a road in the country; there never was a road, but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence" Lin Yutang
Thanks again for all of you giving Forrest and us HOPE.We were deeply touched and inspired by the prayer gathering held at Trinity Church last night for our Forrest. We've received amazing pictures from several attendees, the guest book and personal notes organized by Gail Wofford and today Nadia and Susanne hand delivered a CD of the service (along with homemade banana bread and more provisions from home). Friends and family members who couldn't attend offered prayers and lit candles for Forrest in Bangkok, France, Berlin, Bermuda, Hawaii, and at least a dozen different states……..
Kent, Rae, Austin and Aunt Tricia
The prayer service in Upperville
The four of us with Forrest during the prayer service
Stuart Weinstein-Bacal placing 99 coins and saying a
prayer at the Temple of the Reclining Buddah in Thailand