The big brother gets to share today's update, and we have some great news indeed. Today was busy; speech therapy, occupational/physical therapy, and his therapuetic recreation included a visit from Rommel, a massive Rottweiler therapy dog! Forrest was very interested in him and with some assistance, Forrest gave him treats, threw a ball, and scratched him all over. During the visit Forrest gave Rommel a small smile, as you'll see in the picture below. Forrest may have saved his first smile for Rommel, but he gave his first grin to me and "Mum," as Forrest calls Mom. After the therapy dog session Forrest broke into a large grin and kept it going as we all smiled excitedly back at him. We were too caught up in the moment to get it on the camera so you'll have to wait till next time.
He also followed commands much better today. He gave a small affirmative nod when asked if his name was Forrest. He also put one finger up when asked. After he grinned I asked him to give me a thumbs up which he did and then followed it with a fist bump. He's coming back slowly but surely!
His lungs are doing better than yesterday, but he still has a lot of mucous he is fighting. We're waiting for the antibiotics to take effect. No fever. His pain meds were decreased today, which is allowing him to be more awake during his sessions but is also making him more agitated when he is bored in bed. He's learned how to change the channel, so he flips between cartoons and basketball, things he didn't watch much before... maybe he's developing new cinematic tastes. We were flipping through channels today when the epic Rocky running scene came on, which immediately caught his attention. He'll be making a Rocky comeback in no time.
Thanks for all the support!
Austin and Team Forrest
Forrest responding to questions
Forrest smiling with Rommel