Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Day 31 - July 1, 2008

4 for 4 folks! That's right...another great night!!!!!

First, let me say that if you guys recall - I had told you that Kevin was in a stage 5 coma. Well this past Sunday he was actually in a stage 4 and y'all can't even guess what stage he is in today....

NINE!!! Stage friggin' 9!!

In 2 days he has had massive improvement. (now I need to stress just like the docs did that he can go backward at any moment and he may never come past a stage 9). But still...STAGE 9!!!!!

I will start off with Breezy going in first today and while she was in there a doctor came in to do his assessment. Kev would not respond when the doc asked him to do anything, but he would when Breezy would ask him! It was the first time a doctor was present to see him respond. (did I mention the number 9?) Even the doc seemed excited and Breezy's face was lit up like a Christmas tree!! Oh - and he also made 2 sounds through his trach like he was trying to talk! Yeah Kevin!!

So later today I was in there and I noticed that when Kev's arm was thrashing about and I would speak - he would turn his head to me (he did this many times today for both Breezy and I). I honestly think he was turning to look at me and one time I lifted his goggle off. His pupil came directly to me and his arm came right up to my face. It fell within seconds (it is splinted and very bulky and heavy) and I asked that if he could hear me to touch my face. I kid you not - his arm came up to me and the back of his hand touched my face and even better - he wiggled his fingers like he was trying to touch my face!!! I know, I know. It coulda been a fluke, but can we really be sure it was? No - but we can't be sure it wasn't either. So I am taking it like I felt it to happen. My son touched my face and that's that! (nine!)

Now I have just a tad bit more to the story. As Kev touched my face I did get all teary eyed. And the next thing I knew - Kev had tears running down his face. Yes, it coulda been his eye drops, but I have never seen any form of tears run down his face (both eyes too) - even directly after the drops were applied (and they weren't just applied so who knows if there was any liquid meds in there). I did notice that his un-stitched eye was very bloodshot all of a sudden so I honestly do think he was crying.

Which is hard to think about. I mean - was he happy that he was alive? Was he scared? Did he know who I was and he was glad I was there? Was he frustrated? Did he not know who I was and want me gone? Was he in pain? All of these questions will probably drive me nuts. But you honestly just can't help but wonder...

Stage 9, I say! 6 more stages to go and he will be just like you and I. Talking and conversing like there's no tomorrow.

Do I dare ask for a 5th day? (S T A G E 9!!!)

51 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you Jesus! What a wonderful day. Love to you all. Aunt Judy

donna said...

OH he knew YOU and you know it! He know his mom!!!!!! I will keep praying for all of you. You're in my heart!

Anonymous said...

I definitely believe that Kevin knows that you and Breezy are there with him everyday and I also believe that Kevin draws strength from the 2 of you. Stay strong! Lets go for 5 in a row!
Love ya,
Kristen

Anonymous said...

God is GOOD!

Samantha said...

I feel a 5 coming on!! This is so wonderful girls!!

Anonymous said...

July 2 Kevin Happy Birthday!!!!!! Love you lots had to post it early. I am so happy:) stage 9, keep it going boy, getting stronger and very proud of you. Love and Miss you all. Love Tracy A. Jack

Barefoot1 said...

Leslie,
WOW what wonderful news. It appears that Kev is on his way back we will pray for stage 9. The Silver Lining is becoming clearer and clearer.
God bless you all,
Jeff

Diana Bellman said...

Les, AWESOME! You know it-Kev did hear you and that's why he touched your face and it had to be tears in his eyes. Keep the faith and strength girls because Kev's feeding off of it and he is becoming stronger. Can't wait to read of another good day tomorrow. Thinking of and praying for you all every day. Love you all!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BREEZY!
Love, Diana

Anonymous said...

Hallelujah!!! St. Michael is working--they ALL are!! What great news! I have goosebumps & will all day!!! Luv ya' toots! Bless the 3 of you!!
Anne

Pam Moore said...

Thank You God. He knew his Mommy and you know it honey. Kids know no matter what. I can hardly see for crying. Love ya bunches and bunches. Call me when you want honey. Pam

Mary said...

Leslie, Breezy & Kevin!

Great news and Happy Birthday! Leslie, Jesus said "where 2 or more are gathered I am there." Do you know how many times 2 people are praying for Kevin - exponential! In groups, at work, in bed, in cars, on the street. Jesus is here and he hears. So does Kevin. People absolutely heal with love, and Kevin is surrounded by it. Love from you and Breezy, from a little town in PA and from people from coast to coast who read your blog and add their prayers for a young man they never met. You have made him real to them by sharing of yourself. Keep the strength and keep the love.

Mary R.

Anonymous said...

happy happy birthday brezzy we all love you and we thank the good lord above for the wonderful day that kevin had, and pray that he keeps on going like he his with improvement everyday yea kev we all love you guys very much and pray for you daily. the kids all want to let you know that they love you and wish everyone happy birthday. love Dawn and family

tbehr1018 said...

Leslie,
you KEEP believing!!! It's your belief and strength that has his numbers climbing. Those were tears and they were tears of joy, love and hope. He touched you because he knows what you are doing and he LOVES you so don't have any doubt.
Theresa

Judy & Sheri said...

Dear Leslie,

Thanks Godfor all this positive news...I will keep praying for higher stages!!!

Kay said...

Leslie, that is AWESOME news! All of that strength and positive energy you and Breezy are bringing Kevin is making a difference. Hang in there, friend!

janet said...

WOW leslie that is wonderful news i think it sounds like he knew you im so excided for you take care and god bless

Megan said...

What great news! As someone mentioned yesterday, we all celebrate with you at our monitors while we read! People waiting up at night to read, people waking early to read, at work, at home: so many people pulling for Kevin.

Today will be 5 for 5.

Happy Birthday to Brianna!
Megan Slaugenhoup

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Breezy!!! What a gift that you have been given!! YOU got the response when the doctor couldn't! Congratulations to all of you. We are praying for more good news. Kelly McNaughton

Jodi said...

Oh, that is AWESOME news!! He knew it was you Leslie, he knew! Never doubt that! YAY!!! I am so excited for you guys!!!
Please tell Brianna happy birthday also!!
Here's to another great day today!!
Andrew's Aunt Jodi

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DONNA IN ARIZONA said...

MY NAME IS DONNA ... I AM A MEMBER OF SOLDIERS ANGELS AND I JUST RECENTLY HEARD ABOUT YOUR SON AND FAMILY WHEN I HAD THE HONOR OF SENDING A 'BIRTHDAY' CARD FOR HIS UPCOMING 'BIRTH-DAY'... I CAN HARDLY WAIT EACH DAY TO SEE HOW KEVIN IS DOING .. I LOVE YOUR HONESTY IN KEEPING UP THE SITE , THOUGH I KNOW SOME DAYS ARE MORE THEN TOUGH ... I KNOW THAT KEVIN RECOGNIZED YOU 'HIS' MOM AND WAS THANKFUL HE WAS ALIVE ... THANKFUL FOR HIS SUPER FAMILY ... I HOPE THAT EACH DAY HE BECOMES STRONGER AND EACH A NEW STAGE ... I AM SADDENED BY ALL HE MUST GO THROUGH TO GET BACK HIS LIFE, BUT GOD DOES HAVE A PLAN FOR ALL OF YOU !

** HAPPY BIRTHDAY BREEZY **

Anonymous said...

WHOO HOO KEVIN! Just as everyone else is saying, the love you have with your family will help him heal.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BREEZY!!!!
It was great talking to you Leslie! Thanks for calling me in your busy days. My love and prayers are with you all.
Love ya and Stay strong and possitive!
Susan Luce

Kasey said...

If he knew to respond to only Breezy and not the doctor... he DEFINITELY knew it was his own momma beside him! I'm so happy for your family! Happy birthday, Breezy!

Jocelyn said...

We mothers are all teary-eyed now.
Just reading about these beautiful moments between you & Kevin make us cry for happy! This is miraculous. It can't be a fluke....Kevin knows you and Breezy are there and he is gaining strength and courage from both of you. What a great guy.

Jocelyn

Patricia said...

YES!!! Touch is great healing, and so Kevin reached out to touch the most beautiful healers of all! You have every right to pray for more good days, and as someone mentioned, prayers are constant and continual. If there was a way to capture the power of prayer surrounding you, it would be a bright, warm, wonderful glow embracing all of you.

Happy Birthday, Breezy! God bless you all!

sherri greer said...

I can barely see to type this as the tears of joy fill my eyes. This is wonderful news. What a great birthday gift Kevin gave his big sister! Happy Birthday Breezy! You certainly deserve it for all of your strength and dedication to your brother. Leslie, you must be beyond thrilled. Yeah Kevin, he's on his way back. What a fighter!

Brenda said...

Hon,

I am so happy for all of you.. I'm sitting here crying to..Kev has such a wonderful mother & sister and God's love shining down on all 3 of you..

Something you might want to try and it might help you out..I know when my mom couldn't talk she and I had a game we used to try and figure out what she wanted..You may have tried this already but if not you might give it a try..

One blink for "yes" and two blinks for "no"...

all my love & prayers..

Brenda

Valerie said...

We can all be excited about a Stage 9, Leslie! What exciting news. I know in my heart that Kevin is aware of your presence. Continued prayers for all of you.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Breeze! What a great day. Thank the lord. Keep it Kevin. We are on your side.

Anonymous said...

Ask for a fifth and more! God knows your heart. We are rooting for Kevin and keeping him in our prayers! God Bless!!

susan reeves said...

Dear Leslie and Breezy,
I am so happy for you! 4 wonderful days! Keep your prayers going as we do also.Happy Birthday Breezy! You all should be receiving many cards. We love and think of you each day many times. May Kevin have a positive birthday also. Kevin and your family is very loved. Many start and end their day with your postings. Thank you for this. God Bless you all.Rest when you can.
Love, The Reeves Gang.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Breezy! I feel there are many more good days coming! Kevin does know you and Breezy are there and he has reason to keep on fighting for a full recovery! I am so excited to finally read that Kevin is having good days! My prayers are still with you!
Shari Goodyear

Aggie said...

What great news! I, too, beleive Kevin senses your presence....
Sending your more positive thoughts and prayers.

sixft1bbwfromca said...

Hello.

The only bad thing about reading your blog is that I usually walk away with tears in my eyes. This wouldn't be such a big deal, but I sit at my boss' computer to read it. Don't feel bad, I cry at the drop of a hat. I am so glad to hear that Kevin is doing better. I think of your family a lot.

Love,

Liz (SA)

Anonymous said...

Way to go Kevin!!! Happy Birthday Breezy, enjoy your day!!! Over this 4th of July when we celebrate our freedom, I think each and everyone who Kevin has touched will remember him, he truly is a hero for what he gave to this country. Thank him for us all.
Sharon, Zach and Haleigh

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday Breezy!!!!Happy Belated birthday Leslie and a pre Happy Birthday for Kevin.God is giving you a birthday month of miracles. If prayers are the answer to Kevins' progress, then he will be back and talking in no time.The number of people and the number of prayers are many so god bless and dance a little dance for happiness. Love Janice

Ashten said...

=] this is amazing!!!!
come on kev you can do it!!!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Breezy!

Happy Belated Birthday Leslie!

There are no words that can describe the feeling of this wonderful news.

You and your family have SO MANY people (many who do not even know you, like me) praying for you and your family. I am sure, like me, people are passing the word around and this just keeps getting bigger and bigger. Good for you - the more people praying, the better for Kevin!

sarah said...

AWESOME!!! I pray that Kevin only moves forward and not back (and if he takes a step back then the next it's 2 steps forward!)

****!!!Happy Birthday Breezy!!!!****

Love
Sarah Ernst

Anonymous said...

I'm so happy! And what a wonderful Happy Birthday gift to Brianna!

Lisa in Fishers

Vicki C said...

Les.. Kevin KNOWS you are there!!
More good days.. LOTS MORE!

Anonymous said...

This is such awesome news Leslie. Kev knows that you and Breezy are there. He can hear your voices and that is what keeps him fighting. Stage 9 and getting better everyday. Let's go for a fifth.

Larry

Anonymous said...

Way to go Kev!!!

Happy Birthday to all three of you and what better present could you ask for. Still praying for you.

Marsha Truman

Catherine said...

Yeah, that is such wonderful news, I am so happy!! Yahoo!

Patti said...

Happy Birthday Breezy...Hope your day is full of many B-day wishes and hugs from near and far. Tell Kevin we send our Love and are hoping for continuted healing in his body. Give your mom a big hello from everyone back home! So happy about the good news!

Anonymous said...

for some reason, i couldn't bring up "day 31" all day. i was freaking because nothing new was on the blog. now, i read such great news and it is ten times sweeter because i feared the worst. keep going, kev....thank you lord.

Jude said...

Leslie, how wonderful that he touched you. I am sorry I got behind in reading your blog and did not see the message about birthdays until tonight. I would have loved to make them both a card. Hang in there girl. I think you're wonderful and send you my prayers and love for you and Breezy and Kev. Jude Bailey

Anonymous said...

Come on day 5!!!.. Everyone is crying tears of joy over these last few days. Keep fighting Kevin, I know you can do this! You all are surrounded by prayers and love. I'm so happy for you. Keep strong and we'll keep praying. Happy Birthday, Breezy.
Melissa Ion

Anonymous said...

Await day 32. . . can't stay up any longer. Going to bed with prayers for you and yours . . . . will check first thing in am . . . ..

Anonymous said...

Hurray! Stage 9. That is such encouragement Les. Now the drive for 5 more!! You can do it Kevin!!!

Sending lots of love and prayers from East Brady,

Michelle Long

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