I went home this past weekend and it was great to return to beautiful green hunt country and see the farm, friends, and Middleburg. Definitely the most touching and heart warming moment was Saturday morning when an incredible group of people gathered at the Hill School for one purpose: to show their support for Forrest's recovery. The Nettere's organized the gathering, and I was fortunate enough to be able to be home and represent the family at it. I can't begin to express how much it meant to me to hug and talk to everyone. Everyone wants to see Forrest back in Middleburg, and he's making his way back to us, one hard won step in front of another. Not everyone who wanted to show their support was able to make it on a busy weekend morning, but it was amazing to see such an outpouring of generosity regardless.
Returning to Atlanta on Sunday, I was greeted with some positive news. Forrest has been communicating more. Although he is still plagued by persistent and intense "storming" episodes, he has become much more purposeful and able to communicate. His arms and hands are becoming more mobile, he even put on his own deodorant in bed when asked to tonight. Apparently he's been vocalizing a little bit, and I finally heard it myself today. During his assisted walking (on a modified standing walker) at physical therapy today, after pausing for a break, his therapist asked him if he was able to finish the rest of the walk, and he stoically whispered "yea" before shaking and fighting his way to the end of the hall.
Mom and Dad were watching him in Atlanta this weekend, but they both wanted me to express for them how much the photo and gathering meant to them. Like the blog comments, calls, cards, and countless other things Team Forrest members have done, Saturday's gathering warms our hearts thinking about all those who are keeping Forrest in their daily thoughts.
Love to you all,
Saturday's photo of support for Forrest at the Hill School!