Happy Veteran's Day to all of our past and present military! I sure hope everyone had a great day filled with a nice free meal somewhere! For the first time we actually left the house on this day. We know it's usually really busy at all the local restaurants and it was always kinda a struggle with Kevin's over-stimulation, but we rarely have that problem anymore (I know how to head it off now) and Kevin wanted to go to Olive Garden. So we loaded up at about 5:30 and headed out. The wait was only 30 minutes so we unbelievably got a seat at the bar and Kevin enjoyed a Bud Light while we were waiting for our table. He thoroughly enjoyed his Sausage Rustica and I enjoyed the small bill, lol.
So I know I mentioned uploading some pics of Christian as a cowboy for Halloween. Here are those pics:
Isn't he just the cutest little cowboy? LOL!
I also mentioned recently that I would try to get some video of Kevin just rambling. It's not easy to come up with things to talk about into a camera, so I just tried to be normal and have him not think about it. I think you will all be amazed at how well he is talking now. Thinking too. The other day I asked him how much 10% of 1500 was and he didn't even have to think before saying 1 -5 - 0. He's not good at saying one hundred fifty, but he can say the numbers out in a row.
Anyway, the video has taken 6 hours already to upload (and I fell asleep in the middle of waiting so my post is a day late) and it's still not done. I will come back and post a link to the video as soon as I can.
Well I haven't seen Kevin this excited in a very long time! Tonight he (unbelievably) tried something new - he went to a Spurs game. He has NEVER been interested in basketball, but when I suggested he and Johnnie go, he said "ok". Believe me when I say I jumped right to the Ticketmaster website because I can hardly ever get that kid out of his bed. He just has no desire to do anything.
BUT - he did go tonight and had a fabulous time! He came home just about stumbling all over these new words trying to tell me they were tied until the last 5 seconds and the Spurs took it home.
To add to it, he got 2 coupons for free Big Macs and a t-shirt. He loves his Big Macs so he was really happy about that too, lol. He even took a pic of the coupons with his phone and texted it to me!
In other news, Kevin had Botox recently and we had to go today and have his splint reworked. He is making gains on getting his hand opened a little bit. It's always been pretty clenched, but it's actually loosely turned in most of the time now.
We also had our second session of laser hair removal today. That is very painful to watch him have done. He is just jerking all over - I am guessing it must sting pretty badly because Kevin doesn't usually feel pain too much.
So we have company right now. We met a woman named Opal when we were staying at The Family House in Pittsburgh last year. She came down on Tuesday to stay for a week and we are having a great time. Kevin is enjoying harassing her, for sure, lol. We actually went out for dinner and shopping tonight while the boys went to the game and that was really nice for me!
And that's about it. Once I get the Halloween pics downloaded. I'll post them. Christian sure was a cute little cowboy!
This blog is dedicated to my son, Kevin, who was critically wounded in Afghanistan on May 31, 2008. My daughter, Brianna, and I left our homes and our lives to be by his side from that day forward.
Here is where you will learn of all of our accomplishments as well as the trials of his recovery of such serious injuries.
Although we have come through the acute stage of his burns, we are now focusing on the rehab for his brain injury. For those of you unaware, Kevin has lost nearly 85% of the function of the left side of his brain, causing him to not be able to do much (yet) with his right side and he can only say a few words so far. He also has to learn to write and he needs to remember everything in his past life.
Basically, we have 'started over'.
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