Thursday, October 30, 2008

Day 152 - Oct 30, 2008

First of all, Tracy left today. I really don't understand why her family needs her so much when really...we could use her so much more, lol.

But left, she did. We still managed to have a great day though. We were kinda lazy until this afternoon when he had all his therapies. Today we worked on transferring him from the chair to a mat. The therapists think he will be able to do this on his own once we get the vertigo taken care of, enabling him to stay at my place. That (the vertigo) in itself seems to be getting marginally better, but I am thinking that's gonna take a while for it to fully go away.

And today Kevin figured out that he can actually push and 'walk' his chair around all by himself. He wanted some candy and I told him if he could get to it, he could have it. I was not helping. He was all the way across the room (about 12 feet) so he pushed the foot rest up and shuffled with his left leg, while using his left arm to help steer that chair right to the closet (by pushing off of other objects in the room). He also tried to pull himself out of the chair to get into the candy bowl and that's when I had to step in and stop him, otherwise he would have fallen. Man, was he proud of himself! And to be honest - I was quite proud of him myself.

Then tonight, they had a small Halloween party outside were we toasted marshmallows and had S'mores with hot chocolate. Kevin and Breezy got to wear goofy masks that we picked up at the dollar store and it was fun. I really love it that they do fun things for the patients like that here. Here is a pic:

And that about sums up our day. Tomorrow Kevin is having a scope taken down to his stomach to try to figure out why he keeps vomiting. The docs finally came in this afternoon to look at the issue. Keep us in your thoughts tomorrow. I really hope they can figure it out.


Jodi said...

Hi Guys!

LOL...sounds like another great day today!

Kevin, you rock kiddo!! I am so proud of you! Keep proving to your mom that you are gonna do it YOUR way!! LOL. You are a tough fighter, and I am so proud of you!

Love the masks Breezy and Kevin!! LOL! Thanks for the picture, I love it!!

You three are ALWAYS in my thoughts, but I will keep special good thoughts that the procedure goes well tomorrow!!!

Healing and positive thoughts for Kevin.
Strength for Leslie and Breezy.
Safe thoughts for all military personnel and strength for their families.
Big hugs and all my love to all 3 of you!!!!!!!!!!!
Andrew's Aunt Jodi

Holee said...

This has nothing to do with the great day you all had, it's just something I've been thinking about since you posted a while back that Kevin thinks he is still 19.

Maybe you should have a cake and celebrate his 20th birthday now that he is awake. It might help him to move past 19 if he can associate it with a celebration. That was just a thought that kept popping up with me.

I hope it's an easy fix to stop the stomach problems. Will keep you in my thoughts tomorrow.

Alison said...

What a fun entry and great photo of the three of you!

I'm glad to hear that the hospital is really making things fun and giving you a variety - I think that helps keep the patients from getting into too much of a rut. You hear so many stories about hospitals...anyways, the party sounded fun. Now I want a s'more!

Hope tomorrow's test/scope goes well and the problem is figured out quickly! Happy Halloween!

Vicki C said...

I will definatly be thinking of you guys tomorrow ! Hope they get that figured out , so that they can get it under control.
GOOD For Kevin with the Chair! Man that is one DETERMINED guy!! VERY impressive!
Thanks for the photo! ... so cute! I loved seeing it!

Jan said...

Yay Kevin! Sounds like you're going to have to start hiding goodies, as I need to do around here. :)

Must have been a fun party. Leslie, you look so young....I can't believe you're younger than me but have gone through so much. I'm surprised again every time I see your picture and recall that you're just a young'un yourself.

Long-time RN said...

Your photos are wonderful! Way to go getting that candy Kevin! Hope the GI procedure goes well today. Keeping you all in thoughts and prayers for continued healing. Stay strong!

Anonymous said...

Kevin, you are truely an amazing young man. Keep up the terrific progress. Thank you for sharing the picture with us. The costumes are really great. I especially love Kevin's mask. I am glad that the hospital has different things going on for you guys. I also hope that the stomach procedure goes well tomorrow. Oh, Hollee had a great idea about celebrating Kevins birthday again. Kevin can have a piece for me. Hugs and kisses to all of you.

Jessica said...

That's pretty cool that Kevin can sort of get around by himself, it must really pump up his self-esteem. Sounds like the party was fun; I love the pictures!

I hope Kevin's procedure went well today. I'm praying the doctors will have more insight (no pun intended!) after the endoscope.

I second, or third, Holee's idea for a birthday party. With a cheese cake, of course!