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Wednesday Update: 11/16/05

Blessings for the day:
Matt had a FANTASTIC day! I don’t even know where to begin. He just rocked in all of his therapies…did SO much better than I have ever seen him do! He was focused and driven…he worked his tail off! He had mashed potatoes and gravy today! He ate almost half of the serving and washed it down with some milk. He is still eating small quantities…but is getting better and better at moving it to the back of his mouth and swallowing it down. He also had a bite of graham cracker (which had been softened in some milk)…but he chewed it and got it down as well. YAHOO! This afternoon, I took Matt down to the cafeteria and we shared some vanilla ice cream. He just did really, really well. The speech therapist thinks it won’t be long and we can start counting calories and seeing how much he can eat on his own…coupling it with the tube feedings. I can’t wait!

We also talked to the physical therapists and the physiatrist about the possibility of Matt coming home for a few hours on Thanksgiving. They both think this is a great goal to work towards and feel fairly confident he’ll be able to!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So, we talked to the therapist about the things which we need to work on to get to that goal…mostly going up and down stairs and also getting in and out of a car. So, we practiced them both today (they actually have a car in the therapy gym!)…and he did awesome. I think having this goal is really going to be a great motivator for him. He knows that he will have to work hard to get there in one week…but he knows it’s really attainable if he focuses. This is all assuming that he stays well medically etc and they feel comfortable sending him home for a few hours. We are going to work on getting in and out of our car this weekend and next week Matt’s dad and I will work with the physical therapist on walking with Matt so we all feel comfortable doing it ourselves. Please pray this all goes well and Matt is able to come home for a bit…it will just boost his spirits and ours as well.

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