Forrest today is not only the topic of the blog, surprise,surprise but he is also the speaking star of the day. So you have to wait for the words but obviously the point is he spoke! So an amazing day overall.Lots of things going on. Sarah stayed this morning and left this afternoon after Delta cancelled her flight. Forrest so enjoyed seeing his good friend yesterday and today, they had a great conversation, with Sarah obviously doing most of the conversation.
During speech therapy today, he started speaking. It was very faint, since he was trying to talk around a tracheostomy and it was the first words he’d said in 5 weeks. It started with “Sure” on a reply to the speech therapist. Although it was very faint it was definitely Forrest’s voice and inflections. It continued off and on thru the day with Forrest saying goodbye to the speech therapist... "See you later."
Forrest had lots of great things happening today. He ate well tonight and had minimal swallowing problems, already a great improvement from the previous 24 hours. He had a busy day of physical and occupational therapy. He was exhausted at the end of the day.
You can see frustration in his eyes as he still having to wear the uncomfortable brace. He has had some problems with contraction of the tendons in the back of his ankles and so casts were put on his feet from the just below the knees to the toes to help straighten them out. They will get changed out on Friday. Every day is hard and painful for him and filled with frustration. But the amazing part is the kind gentle nature of Forrest is in there. He grins at us when he can and he is sitting there being frustrated, he will look over and touch his Mom’s face . Hard to be too concerned with our role as caretaker’s when he is so kind and gentle both before and after the accident. While Rae is catching up the notes for the Doctor’s meeting tomorrow, I’m writing the blog and Austin is watching Forrest and Aunt Lynn is cooking dinner, great team!
His progress in a week is astounding, I am in awe of his effort and progress. He is my hero.
Quote of the day from Aunt Lynn, “Courage doesn’t always roar, sometimes it is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow." Mary Ann Radmacher
Dad and Team Forrest
Forrest shooting his new nerf gun
Maybe Dad will take casting up as a hobby
Forrest and cousin Travis