We have made it safely to National Rehabilitation Hospital and are gearing up for the next chapter in your journey, Forrest. Today we begin again. Although you are still battling the side effects of your last surgery, and struggling with the demons that plague your body, your spirit is strong. Somehow, in spite of all your travails, you still keep trying. You can still smile.
So much love surrounds you, Forrest. Our nurse left yesterday in tears after watching your brother take care to help you stand. Austin is always there for you encouraging you, helping you find your new equilibrium. As you struggle to hold your head up again, he injects humor into your hard work and makes you smile. Your father has your back, physically, emotionally and medically. With an amazing balance of strength and tenderness, he is your champion. Maylin, your teacher and gentle caregiver, shares her many talents and unshakable optimism with all of us. Your friends still send cheerful video messages, texts and call to check in on you. You light up when you hear their voices. Their endless faith infuses our daily lives with energy and hope. Your nurses from home insist on spending time with you, keeping their all night vigil by your bedside. They keep you safe, and celebrate your every victory. The nurses, therapists, and doctors at NRH welcomed you back with open arms and hearts.
It is early Monday morning. I am watching you sleep. Listening to Robyn Spielburg's piano on Pandora with you as the unit comes to life. As we face this next chapter together, I pray that you will find some relief from the dystonia that torments you. That you continue to feel the love and faith that enfolds you. That your body will embrace your new prosthetic and allow your tortured brain to blossom and heal. I pray that you will find your voice and once again be able to share your thoughts & feelings with us. A mother 's prayer for you, Forrest.
Okay, now it is time to shake off sleep, recite our many blessings together, and tackle this day. We will make the most of today and every day we are blessed with. As your friends like to remind you, if anyone can do this, YOU can. You ARE "The Come Back Kid"!
With love, faith, and determination,
Forrest standing tall this weekend for the first time since surgery.