Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Pictures of a Great Day 9/25/12

Oh Forrest, after so many difficult days, what a gift a great day is. Everything falls into place and we can just celebrate being alive. You whipped out THIRTEEN squats on the tilt table (a new 44 world record) then shared a laugh with Austin at my attempts to pass the lacrosse ball! Your contented smile speaks volumes about the magic of FaceTime with Madeline. You have regained precious ground today, Darl'n and done so with grace & determination. The future seems bright with possibilities again. Sweet dreams, Mum

Monday, September 24, 2012

Picture of the Day - 9/24/12

Forrest and friend Caroline enjoyed a competitive game of "Go Fish" this morning.   Forrest started the game with no pairs and despite making a late surge, Caroline ended the game victorious!  We are excited for a rematch!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Pictures of the Day(s) 9/20/12

Forrest's days may be long and fraught with unimaginable obstacles, but he is blessed with caring friends & followers who lighten his load with their time & love. The last few days have been brightened by FaceTime with Shayna, Gio, Nick, Madison, & tonight with Hoku & Courtney from Dolphin Quest Oahu! Mahalo for keeping in touch with Forrest. These special connections are the best medicine possible! With love, Mum

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Johns Hopkins - Update

The Johns Hopkins neuro-opthamologist was a little surprised by Forrest's Entourage as we all packed into his tiny exam room. But he was amazed when Forrest worked for a solid hour to get through his vision assessment. He was able to confirm that Forrest has 20/20 vision and almost full field of vision, though he recommends readers for close up work. And we got a new high tech solution for his double vision: a single strip of satin scotch tape strategically placed on one lens of his glasses. This blurs one of the images enough so his brain "sees" just one image and without the patch, he can still see out of both eyes! We are hopeful that with this encouraging news and a new gaze activated AAC ( augmentative & alternative communication) computer, Forrest will be able to begin to prepare for the challenging task of completing his last semester of high school.

We are on our way home now. Forrest is resting on his gurney, Pops is at the wheel. Nurse Gayle is ever vigilant protecting Forrest's airway, Austin our Chief Operations Officer, is monitoring traffic, Tami has jetted ahead transporting Forrest's wheelchair and preparing the Man Cave for our arrival, and as MaMa Bear I am counting our many blessings and giving thanks for this incredible Team 44. A Team now of hundreds, if not thousands, of family, doctors, nurses, teachers, therapists, aides, technicians, peers, friends, followers, prayer warriors...optimists and believers of second chances & healing Miracles.

We are eternally grateful that Forrest's spirit is still strong, that his playful sense of humor brightens our days, that he knows he is loved & treasured, and that our family & friends see his progress and have never waivered in their faith that he will recover.

Forrest IS The Come Back Kid. And he is coming back, stronger every day lifted up by faith, love, and persistent pursuit of the goal, his full recovery.
Here is Forrest & his Entourage at Johns Hopkins today.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Picture of the day 9/6/12

Forrest has been under the weather the last couple of days. But he is feeling better after a visit from Dr Falkenstein tonight. Thanks Dr F! We're wrapping up the day now with some special therapy in the massage chair which gets a definite thumbs up from Forrest, Pops, and Nurse Johnie!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Picture of the Day 9/4/12

Forrest & Austin share a virtual High Five while Skyping from Brightwood to San Diego. It is so incredible to watch Forrest connect with his Brother & friends across so many miles and unimaginable barriers.