On a positive note, Forrest was accepted by one of UVA's neurosurgeons, the same Doctor who initially did his craniectomy and saved his life. Once he's strong enough, he will likely have more surgery, though there are a number of diagnostics that need to occur first. His doctors at Shepherd Center believe that at this stage it will be difficult for him to sustain any lasting progress in therapy until we resolve the hydrodynamic challenges affecting his brain, which requires the replacement of his skull flap. We are hoping to move Forrest via air ambulance to UVA next week. We are looking forward to getting closer to home where Dad can be with us more often and when he is ready, Forrest will be able to have more visits from his amazing friends.
Right now is definitely another low point, but we shouldn't forget that we're only 4 1/2 months in. The largest gains often occur within 1 to 1 1/2 years post injury. A lot of great things are still waiting to happen. Although sometimes its hard, we can't let ourselves look down or behind us, we have to look forward towards the horizon and our goal. Aunt Trish is standing guard with Forrest as Mom and I write this together. Tricia is amazing, supporting Forrest and us in every way possible. Sundance seems to have picked a new favorite too, won over by Trish's "happy talk" and upbeat attitude. She's really given us all a much needed lift, and she helps Mom remember to breathe, especially during the dark moments.
Austin and Mum