Forrest is out of ICU and is now in the intermediate care unit at WHC. We had hoped to be transferred back to NRH to re-enter his intensive rehabilitation program there today or tomorrow. Sadly, his difficulties adjusting to the surgically implanted shunt have delayed our return. We will continue meeting with his specialists this week and are doubling our efforts again to help him regain his mobility and strength. Throughout the day Austin and I work together side by side to stretch his arms and legs, encourage him to shape his thoughts into words, entertain his mind and bolster his outlook. For the time being he is restricted to his hospital bed and can tolerate only miniscule changes in elevating the head of his bed. Each morning Forrest and I still count our blessings, that he is alive and his fighting spirit is strong, we are both blessed every day with Austin’s love energy and dedication, the unconditional love & support of our family, friends and community and some of the best doctors and therapists in the country.
Living as we are hour to hour, the smallest gestures take on a clarity and beauty too often missed. Debbie Sharples, one of Forrest’s favorite teachers visited with him yesterday. She was a life changer for a young Forrest who struggled to learn to read the first time. Yesterday she read to him again, and the familiar voice and assurance of a trusted teacher had him captivated. Our world was brightened tonight when Forrest turned his head to listen to a conversation. Such a simple thing, unless it goes missing. As Austin just reminded me, “one blessing is that we have all those amazing firsts to look forward to again.”
Visitors brighten Forrest's and our days as well. Thank you so much to those who have visited and shared your warmth, and we hope to have some visitors this weekend and in the coming week. Forrest is just across the street from NRH and is still able to have visitors. He really seems to enjoy new though familiar faces.
Quote of the day: “In a crises, we start where we stand.” Aunt Tricia, Captain San Diego Fire Department