Forrest has had a great week and weekend. He's been standing tall for a few minutes every day, as well as spending a few hours total on the tilt table and his chair each day. His endurance is building up and he's even gained a few pounds since coming home! We're getting him ready for a possible surgery date next week, another cranioplasty to put the "lid" back on. It will hopefully be his last and final surgery. Then we expect to keep making progress at "Brightwood Rehab" here at home.
One of the best moments of the week was last Friday. Mom came home from a business trip and walked down to the basement to say hi to Forrest. His eyes locked on to hers as she approached the bed. Standing by his bed, she asked for a hug. With much effort, and with her and I frozen in amazement, he slowly lifted up both arms for a hug. To top it off, I came around the other side to give Forrest a group hug with Mom. Mom was so excited she was kissing us both on the forehead, going back and forth, and Forrest grinned from ear to ear with that
characteristic, "Mom, come on, stop it" smile. It was a beautiful smile.
He's still in there and fighting every day. He's still laughing at youtube "fail" clips and "Anchorman" and the like. He's been getting stronger the month and half he's been home. There are many things we have, and Forrest has, to be thankful for. It was great seeing many of his friends over winter break, and I know it meant the world to him. You all should feel free to skype him when you have free time, it really cheers him up. It won't always work out schedule wise, but if you let us know the day before or even the day of, we will try to make it work. And if it doesn't line up one day, we'll try again the next day! Feel free to text me to find a break in his schedule.
Thanks for your belief in him. He's not giving up so neither will we.
Tom, Music Therapist, and Melissa, Speech Therapist, work together with Forrest to help him find his voice.
Jason Price helps Forrest make music with an app
that creates Forrest's favorite music, "Dubstep"
Forrest stands tall.