Thursday, December 27, 2012
Quote of the day: "Once you choose hope, anything is possible." Christopher Reeve
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
He next began humming more consistently on command, a new skill. Then he started opening his mouth while humming to quietly say the word “mum”, which made Rae's homecoming yesterday truly extraordinary. Then last night, during physical therapy, when asked how many pull ups he wanted to do, Forrest quietly but clearly stated “ten”. A simple word, but filled with promise of amazing things to come. Forrest, however, was still not done with his miracles! While sitting around talking about all his great accomplishments, someone stated that Forrest was awesome. Forrest nodded his agreement, and then with prompting and encouragement, clearly said his first sentence, since May 25, 2011, “I’m awesome”. The ManCave exploded with cheers and whooping as amazement and excitement filled us all. Forrest really IS awesome – bringing us a Christmas miracle and making Rae’s Christmas wish come true, all with two magical words.
We can't wait for Forrest to share this life changing new step with friends and family over the holiday season. Contact Tami or Austin to get yourself on Forrest’s social calendar!
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Forrest has settled back in at Brightwood. We were so excited to see that Forrest's little detour to Washington Hospital Center did not result in any apparent physical or cognitive setbacks! His dedicated nurses from the Medical Team have been keeping a diligent eye on his new PICC line and incision sites, and a check up today with Dr Falkenstein resulted in a great report! It has been a busy few weeks with travels and visitors. Rae left Saturday for work in Malaysia, waving at Austin in the sky as he flew back from a conference in Hong Kong. Kent returned from a conference right before Forrest broke free from the hospital. Amazing Aunt Tricia left yesterday and we now are enjoying the help and company of the wonderful Aunt Lynn. We are so thankful for all the people that have been here during Forrest's journey to recovery!
Today, Forrest has been busy, with Music Therapy and school then some new physical/occupational therapy exercises with his team. He has been frequently sharing laughs with us and it is great to hear and see the laughter that sometimes shakes his whole body. He is currently engaged in a competetive game of chess with Austin. Forrest has only needed a few reminders of the rules, even though he has not played since before the accident. That's our champion!