On the road again...and working our way back closer to home. Forrest is being transported by a medical ambulance to the National Rehab Hospital in Washington, DC as I write this; Austin and I aren't far behind in the vehicles. Forrest seemed ready this morning as we explained the next great step on the journey. He has such a good attitude and sure is trying each day to respond more and more to our requests. It is nice to see he is feeling better too!! Recouping from pneumonia is something that makes us all happy. The new rehab place will get to work again on loosening muscles in his arms, legs, and practicing swallowing, and vocalizing. We look forward to reporting his progress and meeting our next friends along the way.
And speaking of that, many of the staff at UVA remembered Forrest from his first stay in the trauma unit right after the accident. A therapist I met even said she requested his case again when she heard he was coming back and many other Drs. and nurses from the past stopped by. What an encouragement to us all to see how proud they are of Forrest and team 44 for keeping their eyes on a goal up ahead.
And speaking of friends, we know we are going to be closer to so many of you (Austin and I mapquested the distance from Middleburg to NRH--1 hours and 15 minutes!! But not during traffic, I'm sure!) Getting nearer to friends is some of the best therapy ever! Give us some time to settle in and get our bearings in this new place and we will work out times for some visits.
In the meantime, we still read blog comments, Facebook, and mail to Forrest remind him how much everyone is cheering him on. Keep them coming!
Aunt Lynn and Team 44
P.S. I just must brag on the comments I hear from the staff regarding the superb care by one very famous brother and a dedicated Mom and Dad.